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Vocational innovation showcased for Minister

April 28, 2017

Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has congratulated local networks who will present challenges and opportunities in employment and training to Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills the Hon Karen Andrews. Minister Andrews will visit Wodonga on1 and 2 May.

North East Local Learning and Employment Network (NELLEN) and COMPACT Incorporated Albury worked with Ms McGowan’s office to put together a program of innovation in vocational learning and employment pathways for Minister Andrews’ visit.

“NELLEN met Minister Andrews through my office in Canberra in February. CEO Bev Hoffmann invited the Minister to see the programs giving young people in Indi access to education, training and meaningful employment,” Ms McGowan said.

“This is a great example of the Indi Way of getting things done – local organisations with the right skills working together for effective solutions.”

Ms Hoffmann said the Minister’s visit was an extraordinary opportunity to seek support for a project to provide women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with networks and professional support.

“The Community of Practice project will be invaluable support to young women in STEM. NELLEN and Compact, with their support networks, can provide professional development and links into national and international resources,” Ms Hoffmann said.

“There is wonderful work being done by women in STEM in North East Victoria. There’s no reason why they should be precluded from world class opportunities because they live in a rural or regional area.”

CEO of COMPACT Incorporated Albury Ms Megan Mulrooney said she hoped cross border issues could be addressed during the visit.

“We are an important link between industry and education on the New South Wales side of the border, working closely with NELLEN to overcome the challenges for young people engaging with vocational education. It’s important that all sectors can come together to promote best practice,” Ms Mulrooney said.

Minister Andrews will attend a Women in STEM – Community in Practice breakfast, the Trade Training Centre at Wodonga Senior Secondary College, the Wodonga Flexible Learning Centre, Belvoir Special School, Wodonga TAFE and Broadspectrum.

Contact NELLEN on for information on the Women in STEM program on (02) 6056 0966.

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