Doors open for Burnie Industry Training Hub

Burnie’s Careers Facilitator Damian Peirce smiles at the camera.

Damian Peirce is Burnie’s skills guru, and will be working closely with local industry, employers and schools to help young people find pathways towards jobs in local industries experiencing skills shortages.

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The Burnie Industry Training Hub is now open and ready to help senior secondary school students get the skills needed to meet local industry demand.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector veteran Damian Peirce is the Burnie Training Hub’s Career Facilitator. Mr Peirce has held many roles over the past 15 years in the VET space, including working with Apprentices and Trainees, an Industry Skills Council and Registered Training Organisations as a trainer and assessor, skills advisory manager, operations manager and in business development.

Mr Peirce’s strength in stakeholder engagement, combined with technical VET expertise, account management and a long-standing network of connections will help in his role as a Career Facilitator across various industry sectors. He will work across the West and North-West of Tasmania including King Island to create better linkages between local industry, employers and secondary schools by encouraging senior high school students to build skills and choose occupations in demand in their region. 

Better linkages between local industry and secondary schools will help eliminate high youth unemployment in the region, and help employers meet their needs for skilled workers.

For example, only a fifth of applicants for sheet metal trades vacancies are qualified to fill vacant positions in Tasmania.1 The situation is similar for Tassie metal fitters and machinists, with only 15 per cent of applicants being qualified.1

The Australian Government is investing $50.6 million in ten Industry Training Hubs across Australia, based in regions with high youth unemployment. These Training Hubs are part of the Government’s $585 million VET reform agenda, the Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow policy package. 

Each Training Hub will be embedded in an accessible location and will become a focal point for industry, employers, senior secondary students and schools. 

The Government’s Skills Package also includes a new National Careers Institute and Mr Scott Cam, the National Careers Ambassador. Mr Cam will champion the work of the National Careers Institute and promote a consistent, national message around careers development. 

To hear more from Mr Cam, visit the NCI’s Engagement Hub.

More information

From the Newsroom

1Department of Education, Skills and Employment, Individual Occupational Report – ANZSCO 3232-11, 12, 13, 14 Metal Fitters and Machinist - TAS, November 2018

Correct at time of publication.