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.

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
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  3. Phone: 1300 762 807

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