Innovative transport partnership to skill students Thu 19 July 2012 Paul O'Halloran Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Skills A new partnership between the Tasmanian transport industry and the Department of Education is aiming to provide students with real-life learning pathways to employment. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Skills, Paul O'Halloran, today presented 17 student certificates of achievement and transport industry certificates of appreciation at an awards ceremony near Launceston. Mr O'Halloran said that education and training was critically important in improving individual lives, the community, the economy and Tasmania as a whole. "The partnership between the Tasmanian Transport Association, Logistics Enterprises and the Department of Education is an innovative and dynamic workforce planning and development initiative," Mr O'Halloran said. "This four-stage program aims to support Tasmanian transport and logistics businesses to effectively skill young workers, as well as provide young people with authentic and holistic learning pathways to employment. "Today's Careers on the Move Awards are the culmination of Stage 1 of the initiative - which is promoting industry and career pathway opportunities to young people." The remaining three stages include: Recruitment and employment of Australian School based Apprentices supporting both vocational and university pathways. The target is 15 school-based apprentice positions across Tasmania. Development of the transport and logistics school-based apprentices community of practice. Development and establishment of transport and logistics industry mentoring program. "I'd like to congratulate the Tasmanian Transport Association for their commitment to rolling out all four stages of this initiative," Mr O'Halloran said. "This is a fantastic collaborative partnership which delivers real opportunities and learning experiences for students."