BRIGHT FUTURES CHARITY BALL: Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation deputy chairman Steve Errock (front) with Young Tradespeople and Professionals committee members Tijana Harding and Megan Hiller, and foundation chairman Kamron Clark.TWO local groups are working together to help stop the flow of young skilled workers away from Eyre Peninsula.
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The Lower Eyre Peninsula Young Tradespeople and Professionals (YTAP) group is working with the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation to inspire local young people to stay in or return to the region after study to build their careers.

This year’s YTAP Charity Ball will raise funds for a project to support the groups’ joint aim.

YTAP committee member Megan Hiller said the group had supported a number of worthy causes through its charity balls but the committee was keen to get back to its core focus, to improve the recruitment and retention of a young skilled workforce on the Lower Eyre Peninsula, and this project was a perfect fit.

Last year the community foundation used a BP grant to enable Year 10 students from Port Lincoln High School to explore different career opportunities across the Eyre Peninsula through a careers field trip and YTAP hopes to raise enough money to continue the program and expand it to include other students around Lower Eyre Peninsula.

“By high school students being given the opportunity to visit and understand different careers available on the Eyre Peninsula it encourages them to think about their future and how they can explore their interests and skills while staying in the region,” YTAP president Tijana Harding said.

“It creates opportunities for these students to build links with local businesses and organisations and increases the chance of these students wanting to continue their future on the EP.”

The community foundation and YTAP plan to use the funds raised from this year’s YTAP Charity Ball to hold another careers field trip and extend the opportunity to schools in Cummins, Tumby Bay, Port Neill and potentially further up the peninsula.

Community foundation chairman Kamron Clark said there was expected to be a 5000-worker shortage on Eyre Peninsula over the next 10 to 15 years.

“Every year we lose kids to Adelaide for study or work.”

He said taking students into workplaces around the region showed them what career opportunities were available on Eyre Peninsula.

“It might inspire them to go back and choose that career.”

The program targets Year 10 students before they choose their subjects for Years 11 and 12 and this also allows them to target their work experience choices.

YTAP members work in a broad cross section of fields including private businesses, trades, primary industries, hospitality, education, health and finance and there may opportunities for some off them to mentor students through the program.

The Bright Futures Charity Ball is at 7pm on Saturday, November 9 at the Port Lincoln Hotel.

Tickets are $100 including canapes, main meal and dessert and a three-drinks package with live entertainment and live and silent auctions.

Tickets are available from the Port Lincoln Hotel until next Friday, November 1, make up a table of 10 or join an existing table.

For more information visit ytap苏州纹眉学校.au or call or text Tijana Harding on 0439 853 930.

All funds raised at the ball will go to the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation.

By Billie Harrison

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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