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The disability sector in Gippsland will benefit from a Federal Government grant as part of the Local Recovery Fund.

Local MP Darren Chester said the $177,048 investment would help train locals to enter the disability sector.

“Generation Australian will deliver an online, tailored training course for 36 local participants to prepare them for entry-level positions within the sector,” Mr Chester said.

“There is a need for more disability workers in our region, so this provides locals the opportunity to train in an area where there are jobs.

“The training will be designed in collaboration with local disability care providers and employers to ensure it aligns with the needs of the region and types of roles that need to be filled.

“Importantly this collaboration allows for work placements within the sector for at least 24 participants.”

Mr Chester said the Local Recovery Fund supported regions by funding tailored projects designed to align job seekers with employment opportunities in the community.

“As we continue to recover from the impacts of the pandemic it is important, we support locals looking for work and help to facilitate a transition into the workforce,” Mr Chester said.

Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Stuart Robert said local knowledge and community links will continue to play a vital role in Australia’s recovery from COVID-19.

“The Local Recovery Fund is supporting Australian communities by both helping people find work and meeting the needs of local employers,” Mr Robert said.

“These region-specific projects are the result of collaboration between Employment Facilitators, Local Jobs and Skills Taskforces, and the organisations.”

For more information visit: www.dese.gov.au/local-jobs-program

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