Connecting students to business

Published on Wednesday 4 April, 2018

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Creating local employment opportunities and strengthening the local economy were among the key priorities set by City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst when he took office in October 2017. 

Nothing has changed. In fact, the Mayor is more determined than ever to improve the local economic outlook.

“I believe we can really change the future direction of our City by tackling issues surrounding local unemployment,” he said.

“We have a significant undersupply of jobs in Gosnells, which is why the City is working hard to progress the Maddington Kenwick Strategic Employment Area, which has the potential to create about 30,000 jobs.

“We also need to provide pathways for young people into local employment, which must start by finding a way to connect children who will soon leave school with local business.”

Mayor Dewhurst recently met with Yule Brook College Principal Hilary Saunders, whose school has developed a mentoring program to start forging those links between students and local business.

“This is a fantastic initiative and will contribute greatly towards preparing school leavers to enter the workforce – this can only be a good thing for our City,” Mayor Dewhurst added.

“With more than 20,000 businesses registered in the City of Gosnells, I urge local businesses with the capacity to mentor a school leaver to contact the college and be part of this change.”

Business owners with ideas for improving the local economy are also encouraged to attend the City’s monthly BiG Event networking sessions.

“These are a great forum for sharing ideas and I always try to attend, so it’s a good way to tell me directly about your suggestions for positive change in the City of Gosnells.”

To find out more about business mentoring at Yule Brook College, please call the College directly on 9251 8333.

For details about the City’s Economic Development initiatives, such as the BiG Event series, please call 9397 3000 or visit the City’s website www.gosnells.wa.gov.au.