IllawarraYES – a program funded by the NSW Government and delivered by the Illawarra Business Chamber, which connects young jobs seekers with employers with skills shortages – has received funding for another 12 months and launched its 2020 program of work last week.

The Illawarra Business Chamber (IBC) has found employment for 100 young job seekers since the inception of the program, making connections with members and other employers to identify vacancies and areas of need.

The program prepares, skills and trials young job seekers prior to employment, by coordinating government funded training and job readiness programs including work experience, tailored to business and industry requirements.

IBC staff were joined by Hon. Gareth Ward MP and Matt Whiteside, Centre Manager for Stellar, which employs some 400 Illawarra residents in their two call centres in the Wollongong CBD.

Stellar will be one recipient of a stream of new employees, tapping into a dedicated call centre program, with service and hospitality group Barringtons and disability services provider The Cram Foundation set to engage new employees through tailored programs early in the New Year.

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Image caption: Stellar's Matt Whiteside, IllawarraYES Coordinator Glenn Fairweather, Illawarra Business Chamber Executive Director Adam Zarth and the Hon. Gareth Ward MP at the launch of the 2020 IllawarraYES jobs program.