The NSW Nationals are encouraging young people to take a gap year in regional NSW, where they can learn new skills, make new friends, make memories that will last a lifetime and help to fill critical local labour shortages.
NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said the new Regional Gap Year campaign and website will be a first port of call for young people interested in taking a gap year break in regional NSW, helping them to find work and plan ahead for a safe, fun and rewarding experience.
“Our region’s agriculture, hospitality and tourism sectors continue to face significant worker shortages and the website and campaign will connect young people with the great variety of jobs and experiences on offer,” Mr Singh said.
Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro said regional NSW was on track for recovery but communities desperately needed a helping hand to support them on that journey.
“We want to remind young people that a Regional NSW Gap Year is a chance for career development and adventure and with thousands of jobs, there’s something for everyone, from fruit picking in Armidale, to pulling a beer in Ballina,” Mr Barilaro said.
“People who spent their youth working in regional communities will tell you about the adventures that shaped their identity, the lifelong connections made and the life skills they’ve taken with them from the bush to the boardroom.
“The job opportunities are diverse, often with better pay then you might expect and I know that young workers will be welcomed with open arms in regional cities and towns where people will recognise the contribution they provide.”
Visit the Regional Gap Year website at: www.nsw.gov.au/regionalgapyear.