Additional Support For Apprentices Announced Today

Additional Support For Apprentices Announced Today

Skillset is delighted to advise that we have been selected by the Australian Government to deliver additional support to apprentices and trainees across central & western NSW and the New England, under the $60m Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) program announced today by the Minister. This service will be delivered by Skillset Workforce Mentor Plus to apprentices and trainees in the construction and mining industries.

This very exciting new program, funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, recognizes our experience and expertise in supporting apprentices and trainees and will provide much needed additional support in industries undergoing structural change.

For more details about Skillset Workforce Mentor Plus call 0427 751 816 or visit skillset.com.au/mentor-plus

Please find below the link to the Ministers announcement for more details of the program
http://www.karenandrewsmp.com.au/Newsroom/Media/ID/1604/New-apprentices-to-benefit-from-intensive-support

 

Record Skillset Workforce Apprentice Intake for PJL Group

Record Skillset Workforce Apprentice Intake for PJL Group

In a boost to regional jobs and skills PJL Group and Skillset Workforce have partnered to employ a record number of apprentices and trainees for PJL, who started work today in Orange

Eighteen people have commenced in a range of roles, with eight undertaking Heavy Vehicle Apprenticeships, six Engineering (Fabrication) Apprenticeships, two Engineering (Mechanical) Apprenticeships, one Auto Electrical Apprenticeship and one Business Trainee.

PJL Group Manager NSW Ben Hockey says a strategic planning process undertaken last year by PJL identified apprenticeships and training as a priority for the business, and this will be the first step in that direction. “We are really excited to be consolidating our commitment to supporting local communities through employment and training with this new, expanded apprenticeship program. We are experiencing a real trades shortage in Australia at the moment, and providing an opportunity for young people to develop such valuable skills for the future is incredibly satisfying. And partnering with Skillset Workforce allows us to focus on we do best and let the experts deal with the recruitment and employment processes.”

These roles form part of the Skillset Workforce Pledge250 Jobs Campaign, which aims to address youth unemployment across the region. With the Campaign currently at 124 jobs created, Skillset Workforce Senior Manager Jane McWilliam says they have made a good start but still need more businesses to follow PJL’s lead. “We are really committed to making a difference, both in people’s lives and in our regional communities, and we need businesses to help us do this. We need to work together to grow the skills and people our region needs for now and into the future. PJL Group are really showing the way here and we encourage other businesses to get on board and commit to the future through jobs and training.”

To find out more about Skillset Workforce and Pledge250 visit skillset.com.au or call 1300 853 525. And to see the new starters on their first day watch the Prime 7 News Story.

Skillset Environment – Your Regional Land Partner

Skillset Environment – Your Regional Land Partner

Phase 2 of the National Landcare Program – Regional Land Partnerships – opened just prior to Christmas and Skillset Environment is committed to supporting Local Land Services and Landcare with tender submissions to give them the best possible chance of securing funding and achieving optimal environmental, agricultural, social and economic outcomes over the five-year contract period. Skillset Environment has a proven track record for delivering quality on-ground outcomes through strong partnerships with community, organisations and government.

Underpinned by Skillset’s fully resourced management systems and teams Skillset Environment can support  applications with:
o on ground work crews
o environmental and agricultural expertise
o community engagement strategies
o delivery of social outcomes
o strong links to funded industry training.

Demonstrating their ability to design, implement and complete successful partnerships that get results Skillset won the 2017 NSW Training Industry Collaboration Award. Skillset also won the externally judged 2017 BEST Partnership Award, recognising our outstanding performance as an environmental project partner for Campbell Page Ltd.

For more details about how Skillset Environment can help with your tender pls contact Ashley Bland on 0488 033 301

Skills4Trade Gets Them Working

Skills4Trade Gets Them Working

Thirty four young people graduated from the Skillset Workforce/ TAFENSW Skills4Trade program across the region last week – with fourteen already securing work as a result of the award winning program.

In Bathurst 5 students completed the Land Works Skills4Trade program and 4 the Carpentry and Engineering Skills4Trade, in Orange 8 completed an Engineering and Automotive Skills4Trade, in Dubbo 3 undertook Construction and Automotive Skills4Trade and in Mudgee 14 completed either the Mining or Construction Skills4Trade.

With over 40% of graduates already securing work Skillset Workforce Senior Manager Jane McWilliam says they are delighted with the success of the program “Skills4Trade, in conjunction with our Pledge250 Jobs Campaign is about getting young people ‘job ready’, and then having jobs for them to try. The programs won the Industry Collaboration Award at this year’s NSW Training Awards and that has now been backed up by the outcomes we are seeing from this group of Skills4Trade graduates. It really is making a difference and we are committed to continuing this work into the New Year.”

The students undertook trade training at TAFE NSW, “Strong not Tough” training with the TAFE counsellor to build life skills and resilience, and were supported by the TAFE NSW and Skillset Workforce teams to develop job seeking and work readiness skills. Participants continue to be supported in their job hunting by Skillset Workforce through the Program.

Skills4Trade Programs are running again in Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo and Mudgee in February 2018. These programs are funded for eligible participants and details can be found at skillset.com.au/skills-4-trade. Information sessions will be held mid- January, registrations for these can also be done through the website.

Green Army Lord Howe Finishes

Green Army Lord Howe Finishes

Skillset’s time delivering Green Army on Lord Howe island came to an end on Tuesday 5th December with the final graduation at Old Settlement Beach on the island. Skillset/Campbell Page have delivered 3 very successful Green Army projects on the island since July 2016. The projects have seen 12 participants successfully graduate. The 3 teams worked closely with the Lord Howe Island Board Weed Eradication program, tasked with assisting in the eradication of 5 invasive weed species that threaten the island’s unique flora and fauna. The 3 projects successfully treated over 240 hectares of the island’s total area. This involved working as a team to search various blocks in all terrain to remove juvenile weeds returning after larger infestation. The projects aimed to protect and conserve a highly significant, unique habitat that is home to a high number of unique and globally endangered species (the island is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site of global natural significance). The island is also an extremely important habitat for several migratory bird species. Skillset worked in close partnership with staff from the Lord Howe Island Board and a special thanks is given to Sue Bower for her hard work and dedication to making the 3 projects so successful. A special mention as well to the project supervisor- John Trehy for his work in managing and training the participants across 3 projects. We have thoroughly enjoyed working on such a unique and inspiring environmental project and hope to continue this successful partnership into the future.

100 Jobs in One Month!

100 Jobs in One Month!

The 100th job was pledged last Friday in the Pledg250 job creation campaign being run by Skillset Workforce to help address high youth unemployment in the region.

The campaign reached the 100 job milestone, pledged by Bathurst Express Freight, in only one month and Skillset Workforce Senior Manager Jane McWilliam believes the end of March target of 250 jobs is well in sight and this campaign may even exceed that number. “Our last Pledge250, which was also the first time we had run this campaign, we took 2 months to get to 100 jobs. This year we have done it in one month which is an incredible result and we thank all the businesses who have jumped on board so quickly and opened up all these exciting job opportunities. We have so many young people leaving school across the region and to have so many jobs available for them this early is wonderful. We are really keen to have 150 jobs pledged by Christmas and encourage any businesses out there who are thinking about putting on new staff in the New Year to contact us. We can help with all your recruitment needs, and have special expertise in apprenticeships and traineeships. Providing skills and jobs across the region is what we are passionate about.”

While youth (ages 15-24) unemployment in the region has dropped from 12.2% to 10.8% since July 2016, it is still more than twice the rate of the total unemployment rate for the region which is now 4.5% (Dept. of Employment Oct 2017).

As well as helping create jobs across the region Skillset Workforce are also running Skills4Trade pre-employment programs to assist young people in being ready to move into these roles. Skills4Trade programs are currently running across Bathurst, Orange, Mudgee and Dubbo, with more scheduled for early in the New Year. These programs include a work placement component and so offer businesses the option of hosting a candidate on a ‘try before you buy’ basis.

The Skills4Trade/Pedge250 programs won the Industry Collaboration Award at this years NSW Training Awards, recognising the skills and job creation model for its high levels of innovation and impact.

To find out more about Pledging a Job and Changing a Life call 1300 853 525, email pledge250@skillset.com.au or visit www.skillset.com.au