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.

Join information session on battery storage

Join information session on battery storage

The future has arrived! We’ve all been waiting for affordable batteries to help out when the sun’s not shining.

Now they’re here!  As well as saving energy, recent metering and tariff changes mean batteries and solar can now make money for you.

Skillset Environment, Rural Green Energy and Sunny Afternoons are hosting a community information session about solar and battery storage. Plus, a large variety of commercial exhibitors will be on display.

Join us to find out more.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Skillset’s Flannery Centre

341 Havannah Street 

Bathurst NSW 2795

Choose from one of two sessions:

Session 1:  4pm – 6pm
Session 2:  6pm – 8pm

Please RSVP

  1. Register online at  www.sunshareaustralia.org/registration
  2. Email : events@sunshareaustralia.org
  3. Phone: 1300 762 807

Check out this short video for some more information on battery storage.

220 jobs pledged! Only 30 to go!

220 jobs pledged! Only 30 to go!

Our Skillset Workforce team have been hard at work securing traineeships, apprenticeships permanent and temporary employment as part of our #pledge250 campaign!

Just this week our skilled workforce staff hit the 220 mark!  That means we only have 30 to go to meet our target, but we always strive to go above and beyond!

If you would like to pledge a job and change someones life, please contact one of our friendly workforce consultants to will address all your staff needs! Contact us by email at info@skillset.com.au or on 02 6330 1400.



208……..soooooo GREAT!!

208……..soooooo GREAT!!

We are so excited to announce we broke through the 200 barrier last week with 9 wonderful jobs pledged taking the tally to #208. We have the #pledge250 goal in our sights now and would love to talk to any businesses or organisations who think they might have a job opportunity – don’t forget it can be a permanent or temporary role, or an apprenticeship or traineeship. We are here to help you work out what best suits your needs. We feel so privileged to be changing lives, one job at a time. Call us on 63301400.

Women of Skillset

Women of Skillset

To mark International Women’s Day 2017 Skillset would like to take the opportunity to celebrate just some of the many wonderful women of Skillset.

Amanda Ferguson – NSW Field Officer of the Year 2005

In this our 35th year of operation it is appropriate we recognize our longest serving staff member Amanda Ferguson. Amanda is celebrating her 15th year with us this year, having started as a Field Officer in 2002 back in the days of Central West Group Apprentices. Amanda excelled in the role and was awarded both the Group Training Association of NSW, and Group Training  Australia National Field Officer of the Year Awards in 2005. In 2008 Amanda was promoted to Team Leader, in 2011 Business Manager and in 2015 Regional Manager (Southern/Eastern) with the newly branded Skillset Workforce.  Amanda exemplifies the vision of Skillset – going above and beyond to ensure the best possible future for all her candidates, apprentices, trainees, staff and colleagues. Last year Amanda was recognized with the Skillset Outstanding Service Award.

Sammantha Devlin – NSW Training Western Apprentice of the Year 2016

Amanda has had a number of female apprentices and trainees recognized at local, state and national levels. Skillset apprentice  Sammantha Devlin, last year won the TAFE Western Apprentice of the Year and NSW Training Awards Western Region Apprentice of the Year. Sammantha has gone on to work in a range of prestigious restaurants in London.

Maddison Griffiths-Leonard – NAIDOC Trainee of the Year 2016

Last year another outstanding young Skillset woman Maddison Griffiths-Leonard was recognized winning the NAIDOC Trainee of the Year. Maddison is completing Community Services qualifications while working in her community.

Amanda with Julie Bishop during the Wallaroos tour of NZ in 2016




Outside of work Amanda’s great passion is rugby. She was Captain/Coach of Emus Chicks Rugby Union Team in Orange 2005 – 2013 when injury forced her off the field, she has continued to coach since. She has been variously President of Emus Rugby Union Club and Central West Women’s Rugby Union since 2009. She has been a Board member of the NSW Women’s Rugby Union since 2012 and in 2016 had the honour of being the Team manager of the Australian Women’s Rugby Union Team the Wallaroos.



Under current CEO Craig Randazzo the representation of women on Skillset’s Board has increased 300%  with 3 new female board members joining recently; Leigh Haywood, Maree Stratham and Jacqueline Woods. Jacqueline is a forensic accountant with the Morse Group, Maree a Lithgow City Counsellor and former Mayor of Lithgow and Leigh is a lawyer with Central West Legal Aid – three amazingly capable women who have decided to contribute to Skillset by utilizing their great skills and experience to strengthen the diversity and governance of the organization. We are very excited to have them join us and thank them for their commitment to the future of our regional communities.

Similarly we have equality of representation of women in leadership roles at Skillset with 55% of all managers being female. Skillset is proud to be an organisation that supports and promotes women and are delighted to celebrate the contributions made by women to our 35 YEARS STRONG history.