Moolarben Coal and Skillset Workforce lend a helping hand in Mudgee

Moolarben Coal and Skillset Workforce lend a helping hand in Mudgee

Twenty Mudgee locals kicked off new careers with Moolarben Coal this year, demonstrating Moolarben’s ongoing commitment to the local community through employment and training.

Recruited and employed by Skillset Workforce, the new starters are working in a range of roles including electrical, heavy plant and fixed plant mechanical apprenticeships, underground and surface operators and drill and blast traineeships.

Moolarben Coal General Manager Steve Archinal acknowledged the boost the new recruits bring to the workforce.

“We are proud to be involved with Skillset and to provide members of our community with new skills and an opportunity within our workforce. Additionally, our people find it a rewarding experience to be a part of this program, teaching teamwork and commitment,” said Steve.

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 237 jobs created, Skillset Workforce Senior Manager Jane McWilliam says they are almost.

“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. Moolarben Coal are paving the way and we encourage other businesses to get on board and commit to the future through jobs and training.”

Have a look at the great Prime News Story.

To find out more about Skillset Workforce and Pledge250 visit or call 1300 853 525.

Skillset Supports Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Program

Skillset Supports Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Program

Skillset Supports RYDA

Skillset’s contribution to RYDA Program. Watch here.

Local not-for-profit community based organisation, Skillset has pledged 50% ($3250) of the current Pit Complex fees for the next three years fulfilling Bathurst East Rotary’s needs to continue to run the award winning RYDA, Rotary Youth Driver Awareness program in Bathurst again.

RYDA is coordinated locally by Rotary Clubs across Australia and New Zealand in partnership with Road Safety Education Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the reduction of road accidents and serious trauma resulting from road accidents involving young inexperienced drivers. It delivers practical road safety information targeting ‘attitude and awareness’ of young drivers and passengers and is designed to help stop the tragic loss of young people in road crashes. More than 5000 Year 11 students from across the Bathurst region have taken part in RYDA since its inception 10 years ago.Last year RYDA was recognised nationally winning an Excellence in Road Safety Education Award, and the Bathurst program won the Toyota Community Supporting Excellence Award for its ongoing contribution to young driver safety.

Skillset CEO Craig Randazzo said supporting RYDA was an easy decision for the organisation “Skillset not only runs Skillset Senior College here in Bathurst, but we are also the largest employer of young people right across the region through our Skillset Workforce and Environment programs. Driving is the most dangerous thing most young people will ever do, and we need to help keep our kids safe on the roads. The RYDA program is of immense value to the young people of our community, We understand that the program is well subscribed, with current school numbers for 2018 sessions in excess of 700 across all local and district schools. Bathurst East Rotary Club make an enormous contribution with the RYDA program and we are delighted to help support this important work they do with this donation.”

RYDA Program Co-ordinator Graeme Bright said the contribution from Skillset is a positive outcome for students of Bathurst and surrounding areas, “It is excellent to see a local organisation like Skillset provide Bathurst students with this wonderful support. All of the local Rotary Clubs greatly appreciate the support that has been given. This will be a fantastic benefit for all students involved as we will be able to keep the costs at a minimum while letting a greater number of students be involved.

RYDA will run in Bathurst from May 7th – 11th. For more information on RYDA go to

Mentor Plus Launched Today

Mentor Plus Launched Today

Skillset launched their new support service, Skillset Workforce Mentor Plus, for apprentices and trainees in the Construction and Mining industries across the Central, Western and New England regions of NSW today in Bathurst.

On 31 January 2018, the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, announced the 24 organisations selected to deliver the Australian Government’s new Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) program.
The Australian Government has recognised Skillset’s expertise and experience in providing specialist support to apprentices and trainees for over 35 years by selecting them to deliver the ISMAA service. The ISMAA program will provide intensive support for over 40,000 Australian Apprentices in the first two years of their training in a wide range of industries undergoing structural change.
The support provided to Australian Apprentices will help address particular career and skills development concerns related to their specific industry and situation. Through the ISMAA program, Skillset Workforce Mentor Plus will provide Australian Apprentices with regular one on one contact with highly skilled mentors who have skills sets that enable them to service the targeted cohort.
Skillset CEO Mr Craig Randazzo says the new service will provide valuable support to apprentices and trainees across much of regional NSW. “We are incredibly excited to have been selected to deliver this new program, and to know that we will be able to make a difference – to the apprentices and trainees, and also to the businesses where they work. Everyone benefits from improved apprenticeship completion rates, and in industries that have been undergoing change this is particularly important.”

Skillset Workforce Plus Mentor Plus Program Manager Ben Ruddy Senior Manager Jane McWilliam Chair David Cooke Mentor Jacqueline Breen and Acting Engagement and Support Manager Sandra Gray

Skillset Workforce Mentor Plus Program Manager Ben Ruddy with 1st year apprentice and Mentor Plus client Kaled Jawai at Hort Engineering

200th Job Pledged!

200th Job Pledged!

Dubbo Regional Council has pledged two new horticulture apprenticeship jobs to take the Skillset Workforce Pledge250 Campaign to the 200 mark.

The Pledge250 Jobs Campaign was initiated by Skillset Workforce for the second time in November last year to address high youth unemployment across Regional NSW, and aims to reach 250 jobs by the end of March.

Skillset Workforce Senior Manager Jane McWilliam says it is gratifying to see so many local businesses and councils supporting the campaign, providing jobs and skills for local people.

“We are delighted by the level of support we are getting for the campaign, every single job can change a life, and helps supports our regional communities. Dubbo Regional Council have been great providers of apprenticeships and traineeships over many years and we thank them for their important contribution.”

Mayor of Dubbo Region Councillor Ben Shields said the apprenticeships are part of an ongoing commitment by Council to employ and train local young people “We believe it is really important to provide jobs and training for people in Dubbo, and are pleased to have helped this jobs campaign reach the 200 milestone. I encourage other councils and businesses out there to get on board and provide local employment.”

To find out more about the apprenticeships with Dubbo Regional Council visit, for more information on the Pledge250 Jobs campaign call 1300 853525 or go to

Skillset Workforce Consultant Rodney Ney with Dubbo Region Mayor Councillor Ben Shields.

End of a Green Army Era

End of a Green Army Era

Last Tuesday marked the last ever Green Army graduation and the last day of active operations with the program for Skillset. It was a day of mixed emotions for all those in attendance- a feeling of happiness in congratulating our highly successful Northern Beaches team, as well as a feeling of sadness as we paid tribute to a highly successful program. It was certainly a wonderful sight to see Skillset and Campbell Page staff in attendance alongside participants and members of Northern Beaches Council.

Skillset have successfully delivered 69 Green Army projects across Queensland and New South Wales and recruited 459 participants throughout the life of the program. A truly remarkable achievement.

The smiling faces you can see in the photo taken on Tuesday reflects the exact feeling among the group on the day- Green Army may have drawn to a close, but the pride everyone feels for the hard work and dedication shown over the years towards improving the natural environment while also inspiring, training and mentoring young people in the workplace will endure for many years to come.


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

Please find below the link to the Ministers announcement for more details of the program