Work starts on stage two of Wyong's Youth Skills and Employment Centre

Media Release

FN001/2016

26 February 2016

Joint release with:

Karen McNamara

Federal Member for Dobell

Construction on a new $2.75 million Youth Skills and Employment Centre is now underway with the first sod turned in Wyong today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Australian Government has committed $2 million towards the final stage of the Central Coast Youth Skills and Employment Centre project under the Community Development Grants Programme.

“Thanks to this project, Central Coast youth will be able to be better trained and get better jobs,” Senator Nash said.

“This funding is in addition to the $700,000 the Australian Government granted to provide IT hardware and software for stage one of the project in Tuggerah.”

Federal Member for Dobell Karen McNamara, who was in Wyong today for the sod turning, said the new Centre would help address the Central Coast's high level of youth unemployment and low school retention rates.

“Stage two works will construct a factory space with at least 10 separate units with amenities. Pathways, driveways, car parking and bicycle parking facilities will also be installed onsite,” Mrs McNamara said.

“The Centre's units will house local trades based businesses allowing them to operate and showcase their organisations to attract potential school-based apprentices and trainees.

“Over 50 trade jobs will be created during the construction of this project with the focus on employing apprentices and trainees where possible.

“Additionally many tradespeople will be employed in the Centre by the businesses that will occupy the factory complex.”

Stage two of the project is being jointly funded with the Australian Government investing $2 million and Central Coast Group Training Limited committing $750,000.

Stage two works are scheduled to be finished in July 2016.