City of Logan high school students have gone on an excursion of a different kind.
Students from several Logan schools have visited local businesses to get a taste of working life and hear the stories of business leaders and innovators.
The event is an initiative of Mayor Darren Power’s Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce, coordinated by the Logan Office of Economic Development, CityStudio and Catapult.
The taskforce aims to develop programs with employers, service providers and training organisations to ensure the skills being taught align with available local jobs.
Some of the 15 local businesses that took part in the bus tour include Munster Services Group, Frontline Manufacturing, Struddys and Evolve Group.
Mayor Power said Council wants to introduce local businesses to their future workforce.
“The connections being made today will help grow the city for years to come,” Mayor Power said.
“We hope students will get some idea of their future career options while businesses will get the opportunity to understand the wants and needs of their future employees.
“The businesses chosen for the tour come from a variety of backgrounds to give the students plenty of options to consider.
“My Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce has a strong focus on enhancing employment opportunities for Logan youth and this is just one of many strategies we’re using to support economic development and jobs growth.”
The taskforce, chaired by the Mayor, has developed a Local Jobs Action Plan to:
- Identify key employment priorities and local labour needs
- Support and drive employment and training opportunities across Logan
- Implement programs and solutions to address local workforce issues
- Investigate improving the LoganJobs platform
The taskforce will continue to pursue Australian and Queensland Government funding to support its work.