Youth and training on the agenda as Shadow Minister Visits
The Nationals Deputy Leader and Shadow Minister for Training, Skills and Apprenticeships and Shadow Minister for Young Victorians, Steph Ryan, visited Leongatha this week to discuss issues for young people and challenges for local training providers.
Ms Ryan visited at the invitation of The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien.
Ms Ryan held a youth forum with senior students at Mary MacKillop College and visited Community College Gippsland and the South Gippsland-Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network.
Mr O’Brien said the visit was a good opportunity for South Gippsland to put its issues directly to the Shadow Minister.
“Steph Ryan is a committed and passionate advocate for young people and the training and skills sector and this visit gave her the opportunity to hear directly those issues that are affecting South Gippsland.
“We learnt a lot from the visit and I know Steph is taking away some good ideas and also evidence of problems encountered by the training sector under the current Labor Government.”
Ms Ryan said she was impressed by the calibre of young people and training opportunities in the region.
“Gippsland is a great part of our state and as a country member of Parliament I am acutely aware of the challenges that are often faced in regional areas by training providers.
“It was good to sit down with CCG and the local LLEN and talk through some of the issues they are currently facing. We need to do more to get young people trained for the jobs of the future and in particular to help get disengaged youth into the workforce and operating well in society.
“It was also good to talk to some local students about the issues they face and get their insight into the opportunities and challenges of living in a country town.”
Mr O’Brien said the visit was a useful part of the policy development process and he was sure that Ms Ryan will take away good ideas as we head towards the 2018 election.
Mary MacKillop College students Julia Enter, Billy Wilson, Rani Knight and Nathan Rowley met with The Nationals Deputy Leader Steph Ryan and Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien.