A new partnership between the Salisbury, Playford and Port Adelaide Enfield councils is working towards bridging the gap between basic work skills and finding employment.
The Northern Regional Consortium Employment Pathways Project, which was launched in September, offers fully-funded adult education programs to community members.
This training, funded through the Government of South Australia via the Department for Innovation and Skills, has supported up to 57 participants across the Council areas throughout the two terms.
The programs – which focus on basic numeracy, literacy and essential skills required for the workplace – are offered in a supportive environment, with a variety of sites and online options available.
City of Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge OAM said the first term of programs was a great success, with the skills gained by participants well aligned with the needs of local industry and the employment opportunities available in Adelaide’s north.
City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty added that the employment pathways project was fundamental in ensuring its growing community and those who live within it thrive.
One of the participants, Tony Vu, is looking forward to an exciting career in cyber security after completing the English for Work and Study course.
Tony arrived in Australia in 2017 from Hanoi, Vietnam, where he worked in the Information Technology department at a bank.
He has since strived to improve his English skills in order to seek out employment in the Salisbury region.
Sean Malone, who is heading the Consortium Project, said undergoing the program had a direct impact on Tony’s future study and job prospects.
2022 will be an exciting year for the project with programs in Work Health and Safety (WHS), basic work safety, language and literacy, digital skills and resume writing all to be held at multiple sites across the three Council areas from February.