Local apprentice scoops coveted State award

Local apprentice scoops coveted State award

Local winner, Laura Burgett, flanked by colleagues from Spatial Services and Skillset Workforce staff.

It was announced recently that Bathurst based apprentice, Laura Burgett, employed by Skillset and based at Spatial Services, had been awarded this year’s Heidelberg-Lithographic Institute Association Graduate of the Year for NSW. Laura was presented with her award at special ceremony in Sydney, flanked by family, colleagues and support staff from Skillset.

Laura was thrilled to see her work acknowledged at this level. “I didn’t really expect to win” she said. “But it was a nice surprise”. To make her award even sweeter, Peter Munro, Chairman of Judges, described the line-up of five finalists for this year as “the best ever!”

Matthew McRobert, Manager of Graphic Services and Laura’s boss said “We would have been surprised if she had not won, only because she is such an outstanding candidate in every way! She has worked on a wide range of projects, completing them all to a very high standard and to wide acclaim.”

“We are just so proud of her” he added. “It’s lovely for us to see someone within our team get recognition for their work at a State level. It also proves that our apprentice program continues to successfully find and develop staff to such a high caliber”.

The talented graphic prepress apprentice is not only a trained graphic designer, but has also completed a Bachelor of Business from Charles Stuart University and has studied 3D modelling and printing at TAFE NSW.

Laura is obviously one hard working young woman, but she also attributes her success to working in such a supportive environment. “I’m pretty lucky to work at Spatial Services” she added. “They give me lots of responsibility and the chance to get involved with some really interesting, diverse and creative work” she said.

Nomination as state finalist in 2017 Training Awards

Nomination as state finalist in 2017 Training Awards

Our nomination as a state finalist in the NSW Training Awards Industry Collaboration category was recognised at the Western Region Training Awards presentation on Friday night.

The nomination recognises the innovative collaboration between Skillset’s Workforce Team and TAFE NSW in equipping young people with the skills and support required to gain meaningful employment through the Skills4Trade and Pledge250 campaigns.

Photo : Deputy Regional General Manager TAFE NSW, Adam Bennett with Skillset’s CEO Craig Randazzo and the State Member for Orange, Philip Donato, at last week’s Training Awards Presentation for Western NSW

The partnership maximises the strengths of both organisations – Skillset as the largest employer of young people in Western NSW and TAFE NSW, as the high quality flexible training provider.  Together, we work as one, focused on achieving the best possible results for the young people involved with the Skills4Trade program.

Skills4Trade is an exciting pre-employment program for 15 – 25 year olds who have left school. It provides career planning support, industry focused study at TAFE and links with industry via work experience placements.

We are thrilled to see our programs recognised at a state level. The Awards event will take place on the evening of Thursday, 7 September at Sydney Town Hall. ­­

And the winner is…

And the winner is…

It is with great excitement that we announce Skillset’s Maddison Griffiths – Leonard was awarded the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year at Friday night’s annual NSW Training Awards for Western NSW.












Photo – Skillset CEO Craig Randazzo with Business Consultant Rowan Cleal, Bradley Ingham, Maddison Griffiths-Leonard and Skillset’s Business Consultant Ben Ruddy at Friday night’s award ceremony.

In front of one of the biggest crowds to attend the awards in recent years, Maddison’s achievements were acknowledged. After undertaking a School Based Apprenticeship in her final year of school, she then secured a Traineeship at Centacare and went onto complete a Certificate III in Community Services. Centacare, so impressed with her commitment, offered her full time employment as an Aboriginal Community Worker. She was also named the NAIDOC Trainee of the Year for Orange in 2016. A big congratulations to you Maddison.

Bradly Ingham, Skillset’s finalist in the Apprentice of the Year category, received accolades from the crowd, particularly when the emcee spoke of his achievements in the National Worldskills competition. In the end, the Apprentice of the Year was awarded to Shaun Van Umm, another fabulous, hardworking young apprentice at the beginning of a very exciting career in Construction. The Bathurst based apprentice works for Hines Constructions. Congratulations Shaun, a well-deserved award.

It was such a strong line of up of apprentices this year. To even make it as a finalist, is such a big achievement and important recognition of all that hard work and study.

The night showcased talent after talent after talent. If you ever feel the need to be inspired to undertake study and training and the exciting opportunities this opens up, do yourself a favour and attend a Training Awards ceremony

We are so proud of Maddison and Bradley, who have both achieved so much in their respective fields. They were already winners to us.

Congratulations Bradley and Maddison!

Congratulations Bradley and Maddison!


The annual NSW Training Awards for Western NSW will be held tonight in Orange. These awards, coordinated by Training Services NSW, recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector.

Skillset has two finalists in these awards. Maddison Griffiths – Leonard has been named as a finalist for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award while Bradley Ingham, is in the running for Apprentice of the Year.

Maddison, not long out of school, already has two qualifications under her belt. While completing her HSC, she undertook a School Based Apprenticeship and as soon as she finished Year 12, she secured herself a Traineeship with Skillset, was hosted at Centacare, and by the end of 2016, she had completed a Certificate III in Community Services.

Her commitment to her role and her studies meant that her host, Centacare, has retained her in the team and offered her full time employment as an Aboriginal Community Worker.

Not only has Maddison completed her studies and work with great enthusiasm, she has a wonderful sense of community spirit.  She was named the NAIDOC Trainee of the Year for Orange in 2016.

Bradley Ingham, has recently completed his Certificate III in Mechanical Engineering (better known as Fitting and Machining) with Horts Enterprises in Orange.

Bradley was a quick learner and a stand out apprentice. Proof of this was in being asked by Horts to take on a mentoring and training role with young apprentices and, as a fourth year apprentice, he was already capable of being given tasks of a tradesman’s level.

Bradley’s skill level was on display when he competed in the Regional Worldskills competition and won a gold medal in the Fitting Competition and a bronze medal in the Turning Competition. He then went on to compete in the National Worldskills competition, Melbourne, and won a silver medal in Fitting. Since then, he has been training with the Skillaroos to prepare for the International Worldskills competition in Abu Dhabi later this year.

Skillset are extremely proud of the achievements of both of these young people and wish them all the best at the awards presentation tonight.

Prime7 News story 250 Pledge success

Prime7 News story 250 Pledge success

Check out the wrap up of our 250 Pledge campaign broadcast on Prime7 News Central West. Thanks again to all our employers who helped us reach our goal. A special mention to Storco Storage Systems, who pledged job number 250.


We did it – thanks to you!

We did it – thanks to you!

Success! 250 jobs pledged!

Our Workforce Team set themselves the goal to place 250 jobs between November 2016 and the end of March 2017. This campaign was responding to the fact that youth unemployment in the Central West was two and a half times higher than the overall unemployment rate.

The result? We reached 249 jobs by close of business on March 31st. Such a great effort by all!

The biggest thanks must go to all our employers – large and small!

This great outcome would not have been reached without the support of all our employers. Thank you to each and every one who pledged a job, or more than one, to help give young people in our region the chance to secure a better future.  We were supported by businesses from right across the Central West including Bathurst, Lithgow, Oberon, Mudgee, Dubbo, Parkes, Orange, Cowra and Blayney.

A special mention must go to Storco, an Orange based self-storage business, who pledged a Finance and IT Systems Manager to meet our goal of reaching 250 jobs last week.

What now?

Our Workforce Team will continue doing what they do best – working to connect young people across the Central West to training and employment opportunities.

If you are a local business and have a casual, part time, full time, or an apprenticeship or traineeship on offer,  please give our team a call.