Women in Business Regional Network look at the change in trainee/apprentice landscape and other key topics

LEARNING: Harriett and Kate Henning, Karen Shields, June Finlay, Melanie Mazurek from Skilling SA, Leanne Reynolds, Kathryn Roberts, Karen Green and Julie Irwin.
LEARNING: Harriett and Kate Henning, Karen Shields, June Finlay, Melanie Mazurek from Skilling SA, Leanne Reynolds, Kathryn Roberts, Karen Green and Julie Irwin.

The Women in Business Regional Network have conducted a number of forums in the region over the past month

Trainee and apprenticeship advice has been given to the network by Skilling SA at a session in Victor Harbor, which would assist regional women in business to take on apprentices and trainees and to explain the many opportunities for financial and other assistance, plus the scope of training options that are available.

Skilling SA project officer Melanie Mazurek explained that the State Government has a quota of 20,800 apprenticeships or traineeships in South Australia over a four year period. In the Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island region 26 per cent of active training contracts are for women and 35 per cent of those are located in Victor Harbor.

The big growth area has been hairdressing which has experienced a spike in signups. As well as hairdressing, retail and commercial cookery had been the main categories for training contracts over the past 12 months.

The importance of making quality connections in business and personal lives was the focus for the Women in Business Regional Network dinner at Strathalbyn on Monday, November 4.

Network founder Carolyn Jeffrey said that having the right contacts and forging quality relationships with others could make the difference between success or failure for businesses.

"With such a migration towards doing business and even conducting our social lives online, forging quality relationships has never been more important," she said.

At the Strathalbyn dinner were Susie Williams, Nicole Cleggett, Rosie Fisher, Karina Irvine, Ingrid Davey, Carolyn Jeffrey, Rachel Howard, Christine Steinert and Zoe Thornton.

At the Strathalbyn dinner were Susie Williams, Nicole Cleggett, Rosie Fisher, Karina Irvine, Ingrid Davey, Carolyn Jeffrey, Rachel Howard, Christine Steinert and Zoe Thornton.

The challenges and opportunities for the Victor Harbor economy another topic for discussion at a Network dinner in Victor Harbor. The guest speaker was Mark Przibilla, the City of Victor Harbor's Manager of Planning and Activation.

An outline was given on the latest economic profile for the city with concerning statistics including household incomes well below the state average, a high dependency on welfare and relatively high youth unemployment. The city also imports more goods and services than it exports, to the tune of $152 million a year leaving our local economy.

Mark said the economy was heavily reliant on tourism and that future jobs growth had been indicated in the health and community services sectors.

Wendy James, Taryn Richardson, councillor Marilyn Henderson, Leanne Farr and Meredith Abbott at the Victor network dinner.

Wendy James, Taryn Richardson, councillor Marilyn Henderson, Leanne Farr and Meredith Abbott at the Victor network dinner.

The next Victor Harbor lunch will be on Wednesday, November 27 when a representative from nbn™ Local will be speaking about how to get the most out of your internet connection for business and will be fielding questions and concerns about the nbn™ system.

Karen Shields, Christine Taylor, June Finlay, Tracy Vincent with, at back, Helen Sampson, Carolyn Jeffrey and guest speaker Mark Przibilla.

Karen Shields, Christine Taylor, June Finlay, Tracy Vincent with, at back, Helen Sampson, Carolyn Jeffrey and guest speaker Mark Przibilla.

Dawn Peterson, Mandy Smith and Leanne Reynolds.

Dawn Peterson, Mandy Smith and Leanne Reynolds.

A Christmas dinner is being held at McCracken Country Club in Victor Harbor on Friday, December 6, featuring a presentation from the Minister for the Status of Women, Michelle Lensink, and a Q&A panel consisting of Langhorne Creek's Cindy Westphalen of Woodburn Homestead, the Langhorne Creek Wedding Trail and Cindy's Classic Gourmet.

For more information about the Women in Business Regional Network visit www.wibnetwork.com.au or phone Carolyn on 0435 432 203.

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