Berrigan Shire Youth Futures Forum
"Live, Learn and Earn in the Berrigan Shire".
The Berrigan Shire Youth Futures Forum is held annually in conjunction with Finley High School. Objectives involve fostering relationships between local businesses and students resulting in employment, showcasing local job opportunities and offering career pathways. It also promotes the value of local jobs to the community, the diversity of the Shire's businesses and helps students along the school- to- work transition.
The expo is part of a larger strategy initiated by Berrigan Shire Council through its Strategic Economic Development Plan. This aims to help local businesses attract and retain suitable employees to assist in expanding the Shire's identified skill and labour shortages. The expo aims to ‘link local kids to local jobs’, and to ‘grow our own’ local workforce.
Commencing in 2004, The Local Employment Expo is ever changing and evolving, and has been recognised as being an innovative and interactive event among the public. The success can largely be attributed to the strong partnerships created between businesses, educational providers, government agencies, Youth Career Services and the Council.
MICEEP, The Department of Education and Training and many businesses and training providers once again came on board to assist in making this a very successful day. The expo opens the students eyes the wide degree of skills and career path potential of not only degree level occupations, but also the opportunities available in trades and traineeships.