Peel Bright Minds helping equip the future workforce

Peel Bright Minds steering group members Kristie Tonkin, Kim Savins, John Lambrecht, Charlie Jones, Professor Lyn Beazley, Steve Fisher, Mayor Rhys Williams, ceputy Mayor Caroline Knight and Roban Clarke.
Peel Bright Minds steering group members Kristie Tonkin, Kim Savins, John Lambrecht, Charlie Jones, Professor Lyn Beazley, Steve Fisher, Mayor Rhys Williams, ceputy Mayor Caroline Knight and Roban Clarke.

A NEW initiative created with the knowledge that the Peel community will need to adapt to have the necessary skills for the future workforce was launched in Mandurah yesterday.

Peel Bright Minds is a partnership between Peel region stakeholders and Inspiring Australia.

The founding sponsors include Regional Development Australia (RDA) Peel, Peel Development Commission and Peel Harvey Catchment Council.

Peel Bright Minds has a vision of Inspiring a Curious Community in Peel, built around entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering and maths (ESTEAM).

It was originally mooted at community meeting in May 2017 and launched yesterday at Make Place Mandurah before representatives from regional and local government organisations, researchers, industry, school and community organisations.

RDA Peel chief executive John Lambrecht said Peel Bright Minds filled an important gap in bringing ESTEAM to strengthen the workforce readiness of the community.

“Inspiring a curious community to engage more with ESTEAM will help us prepare for the future workforce,’’ he said.

Peel Development Commission chair Paddi Creevey said the Peel would have jobs and industries that required different skills.

“We want our young people to have those opportunities,” she said.

“One way of helping them understand those opportunities is to have an initiative like this that will encourage their curiosity, give them access to great mentors and open possibilities they might not have known about.

“We need to initiate, encourage curiosity and open possibilities to provide for the different workplace skills of the future and I think Peel Bright Minds is a terrific example of the collaboration we do so well in the Peel.”

Activities already planned for this year include activities at Mandurah Crab Fest and the Stretch Festival and an Innovators Tea Party in May.