Scullin Youth Expo
Every two years, Harry organises the Scullin Youth Expo. The Expo is an opportunity for young people in Scullin between the ages of 16 and 25 to link up with local organisations and understand what services they can provide to assist them.
The most recent Expo took place on Wednesday 14 April 2010, at the Thomastown Library, to coincide with National Youth Week.
At the expo, local organisations outline what services they provide and how they can assist. Service providers that were at the expo include Kildonan Youth Services, Lalor Living and Learning Centre, Centrelink, Sarina Russo, City of Whittlesea Youth Services, Apprenticeships Plus, Jobwatch, Whittlesea Community Legal Service and Mill Park YMCA.
Green Skills Centre at Epping NMIT
The Australian Government has invested $9.5 million to the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, Epping Campus to support training for green jobs in Scullin.
Once complete, the Green Skills Centre will be a 5-star green energy building, built with floor incorporating specialised low carbon sustainable technologies that support practical and classroom facilities to meet future skills needs, especially in environmentally oriented jobs.
The Green Skills Centre provides skills in the manufacturing, construction, retail, installation, repair and maintenance sector.
Construction is underway and is expected to be complete by mid 2010.The funds are provided as part of the Teaching and Learning Capital Fund.
First year Apprentice Bonus tripled to almost $5,000
School leavers seeking to become apprentices in the traditional trades are now benefiting from the Federal Government tripling the first year apprentice bonus to almost $5,000.
This was great news for both school leavers and employers of Scullin that the Rudd Government is boosting the commencement bonus from $1500 to $2350 and then following up with another $2500 at nine months.
The Apprentice Kickstart was available to employers who took on a traditional trades apprentice aged between 15 to 19 from 1 December 2009 to 28 February 2010 or until 21,000 commencements have been reached over summer of 2009/10.