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Premier in town for Nowra bootcamp launch

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Young people who want to develop trade skills are encouraged to sign up for the first Productivity Bootcamp on the South Coast region.

During a visit to South Nowra today, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the $1.2 million program will offer up to 100 training places to young people.

“We know young people are concerned about a post COVID-19 economy, which is why the NSW Government is committed to providing access to training opportunities and creating more jobs,” Ms Berejiklian said.  

“The Productivity Bootcamp will provide participants in the South Coast region with intensive hands on training to increase their job prospects, particularly in construction.

“With a record amount of construction projects planned over the next decade, upskilling today’s youth will ensure a pipeline of skilled workers to meet the demands of these projects and help local young people find these work opportunities.”

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward said participants will gain valuable trade-related skills at a time when training forms a key part of the state’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

“In addition to trade skills, Bootcamp participants will develop the attributes critical to employment success like reliability, communication and team work,” Mr Ward said.

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock said the program will allow jobseekers in the area an opportunity to find work on the South Coast.

“The practical training on offer in the program is an investment in the future that promotes optimism and builds resilience in our local young people,” Mrs Hancock said.

Productivity Bootcamp director Rebecca Embleton said the company has been delivering strong results in previous Bootcamps in Western Sydney since 2015.

“Our Bootcamp program provides a transformative 8-week intensive course that arms young people with the skills and attitude needed to be successful,” Ms Embleton said.

The first South Nowra Bootcamp will start on March 15 and be based at South Nowra.

For more information on applying, view www.productivitybootcamp.com.au

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Photos Katrina Condie