New forum securing employment pathways for Rockhampton students

Capricornia Secondary Schools Industry Breakfast

New partnerships and improved employment pathways are the key goals for a new schools and industry forum delivered in Rockhampton this morning.

The Capricornia Secondary Schools Industry Breakfast (CSSIB) is an initiative delivered by Rockhampton Regional Council through its economic development arm, Advance Rockhampton, in conjunction with a number of local high schools.

The forum saw over 200 education, industry and training representatives who discussed opportunities to collaborate and improve employment pathways for local students across Central Queensland.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams said the event will help foster a greater dialogue between educators and industry and help address labour constraints in the region.

“Increased collaboration through forums like this are critical to help improving workforce capability and assisting school leavers to secure well-paid employment,” Mayor Tony Williams said.

“Employment figures show Rockhampton had a lower-than-average unemployment rate of 4.8% for the 2023 calendar year, and while that’s a testimony to the resilience of our economy, it can present challenges for businesses seeking skilled workers.

“By cementing employment pathways between schools and industry, we’re helping to create a seamless transition to work and keeping talented young people in our community.”

Economic Development Manager Wade Clark said CSSIB also provided the opportunity to highlight the implementation of the Rockhampton Region Economic Action Plan, which outlines Council’s plan to accelerate the local economy.

“We will continue to work with partners in the community to address workforce concerns through talent retention and attraction strategies,” Mr Clark said.

“The sooner we can show students the range of well-paying, diverse and stable jobs in the Rockhampton Region, the more likely they are to remain in the community and contribute to our long-term prosperity.”

Capricornia School of Distance Education Deputy Principal Desolee Cowley said schools organising the event value the collaboration between education and industry by connecting classroom learning with real-world applications.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to network, share insights and prepare our students for future careers,” Mrs Cowley said.

“Having so many professionals in one place enhances the potential for meaningful partnerships and impactful initiatives.”

Council has supported the event through a $5,000 contribution as well as in-kind support in the form of staff resourcing and promotion of the event.

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