New Hunter Employment Facilitator Boosts Prospects for Local Job Seekers

Karla Notman is the newly appointed Hunter Employment Facilitator.


GETTING Hunter job seekers skilled and back to work is the highest priority for Karla Notman, the newly appointed Hunter Employment Facilitator.

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Ms Notman is one of 25 Australian Government appointed employment facilitators supporting the delivery of its $62.8 million Local Jobs Program across Australia.

Facilitators work on- the- ground to support employers and job seekers to connect with employment and training opportunities, with a Local Recovery Fund of $780,000 available in the Hunter to support projects in line with the program.

“As the nation recovers from COVID-19, our focus will be on helping redeploy displaced workers, building skills for the Hunter region’s growth and getting disadvantaged groups of people working,” Ms Notman said.

She will also chair a new Hunter Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce.

“An important issue will be addressing our region’s high unemployment rates in specific groups such as Indigenous people and young people,” she said.

She said the Hunter region has unique challenges including high youth unemployment.

“Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows the youth unemployment rate is 18 per cent in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie and 14 per cent in the Hunter Valley.

“A Hunter Indigenous person of working age is more than twice as likely to be unemployed than a non-indigenous person.”

Ms Notman is delivering the program through the Hunter business coaching and training firm The Finer Line.
She is working with and being supported by the firm’s founder and director Cheryl Royle.

Ms Royle is also the Australian Government’s appointed entrepreneurship facilitator in the Hunter.

“Helping people to start their own businesses is another way to help get people back to work and the economy growing,” Ms Royle said.

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