Home' Careers Magazine : March 2011 Educate Yourself Contents 20 NEWCASTLE HERALD Wednesday, March 23, 2011
just in the city
Most rural and regional Australians
feel disadvantaged when it comes to
their work and training opportunities.
EDUCATE YOURSELF FOR A BRIGHTER CAREER
REGIONAL Australians are at a serious
disadvantage when it comes to their career, according
to a study by training organisation Upskilled.
The online study of 1000 people found that 87 per
cent of them believe that rural Australians do not
receive the same training and on-the-job
opportunities as their metropolitan counterparts.
The report, commissioned by Upskilled, one of
Australia's leading registered training organisations,
also revealed that nearly half of rural Australians felt
their relationships, health or general wellbeing
suffered because of dissatisfaction and frustration in
In the group aged 18 to 29, that figure was 62 per
The survey also found that rural communities are
right to be concerned about the rate at which young
people leave home never to return, with 22 per cent
of 18- to 24-year-olds planning to up sticks and move
to major cities in search of better training and
"So many people in rural Australia feel that they
are missing out when it comes to opportunities to
grow in their profession and develop new skills,"
Upskilled managing director Joel Gabe said.
''What's worrying is how many people see moving to
a metropolitan area as the only solution.''
Mr Gabe said his company had a new initiative,
Upskilling Australia, with which residents in 50
locations throughout Australia could access free
professional training courses.
''It's only a start, but we hope it will show regional
Australians that training opportunities do exist for
them," he said.
The research also found:
Tasmanians are more likely to move for their jobs
than other Australians, with one in four planning a
Rural Victorians are the most optimistic about
their opportunities, with 23 per cent claiming
regional opportunities match those of metro areas.
Northern Territory citizens are the most damning
of opportunities to upskill rurally, with 100 per cent
asserting that metro work opportunities
outweighed regional ones.
Upskilled provides business courses to thousands of
students at 70 regional and metro locations across
Australia. Most attract government funding and come
at no cost to the business or employee.
Training is delivered to suit via a choice of
classroom, online e-learning or customised sessions
at the workplace and provides nationally recognised
Certificate IV and Diploma training.
Visit upskilled.edu.au for information.
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