Skillset Workforce hits Pledge250 target!
The Skillset Workforce Pledge 250 jobs campaign reached its 250th job target last week, coinciding with a recent Brotherhood of St Laurence Report highlighting significant decreases in youth unemployment across the Central West, Far West and Orana regions.
Skillset Workforce Senior Manager Jane McWilliam said it’s enormously encouraging to see the youth unemployment rates decreasing so significantly over the past two years. “Since January 2016 youth unemployment in the Central West has decreased by 5.3 per cent and in the Far West/Orana by an astonishing 10.4 per cent. We launched our first Pledge 250 campaign in November 2016 and while there are other contributing factors we believe we have had a small part to play in this incredible turnaround. We would like to thank all of the businesses who have pledged jobs and helped change so many young people’s lives.”
The 250th job, pledged by Hines Construction, was for a Contracts Administrator. Edward Lindsay, who is completing an apprenticeship with Skillset Workforce was the successful candidate. Lindsay said he is excited to be able to forge a career in Construction. “To be able to move into full-time work at the end my apprenticeship is awesome and I can’t thank Hines Construction enough for giving a young person like me this opportunity to grow my career in the Construction Industry.”
Hines Construction Managing Director David Hines said that his company has a major focus on employing local people and is delighted to have pledged 6 jobs for the Pledge250 Campaign. “Employing local people is an important focus here at Hines Constructions and we believe that we have some of the most highly skilled employees in the Central West. Partnering with Skillset Workforce allows us to focus on our business and takes the stress of recruitment off our shoulders.”
Skillset run a number of programs such as Skills4Trade, Youth Connect and Skillset Workforce Mentor Plus to help local youth in our region build their skill base for employment. Skillset CEO Craig Randazzo said Skillset Workforce is working with local businesses to identify what skills are needed. “Since November 2017, 67 per cent of jobs pledged were apprenticeships and traineeships. The campaign doesn’t stop here and it is our goal to continue to lower youth unemployment rates by working with local businesses to identify their needs and upskill our youth for their best chance of employment.”
To find out more about Skillset Workforce programs that are currently running please call 1300 853 525, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.skillset.com.au