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.

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.

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.

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.