Learn and earn: opportunity knocks for Parramatta residents

Date: 20/11/2002

Calling all Parramatta residents ... researchers at the University of Western Sydney need you to get involved in a new project to boost training and employment opportunities within the Parramatta region.

UWS is working in collaboration with Parramatta City Council and the Parramatta Economic Development Board on the 'Parramatta Skills Development and Employment Generation Project' to measure the needs of local residents for training and employment and to align those needs with employers in the region.

According to the Project Research Coordinator, Lyn Bain, from the School of Management, the project will provide a firm foundation for the development of new regional training strategies to suit individuals and industry.

"By leading the way in regional learning and employment generation, we have the potential to put Parramatta in the spotlight as a national leader in collaborative learning," says Lyn Bain.

"In the first phase of the project, we need to interview around 200 residents to find out their training and employment needs.

"We especially want to interview people from non-English speaking backgrounds and people with a disability, as well as community groups who work with people from those backgrounds," Ms Bain says.

"For the later phase we will aim to align these individual needs and aspirations with current and future employment needs of employers within the Parramatta Local Government Area."

Community groups and individuals who would like more information or to volunteer, should contact Ms Lyn Bain on (02) 9685 9696 or email: l.bain@uws.edu.au


Media contact: Suzie Vlaming, Senior Media Officer, 02 9852 5823, 0414 308 701, s.vlaming@uws.edu.au