Thirty four young people graduated from the Skillset Workforce/ TAFENSW Skills4Trade program across the region last week – with fourteen already securing work as a result of the award winning program.

In Bathurst 5 students completed the Land Works Skills4Trade program and 4 the Carpentry and Engineering Skills4Trade, in Orange 8 completed an Engineering and Automotive Skills4Trade, in Dubbo 3 undertook Construction and Automotive Skills4Trade and in Mudgee 14 completed either the Mining or Construction Skills4Trade.

With over 40% of graduates already securing work Skillset Workforce Senior Manager Jane McWilliam says they are delighted with the success of the program “Skills4Trade, in conjunction with our Pledge250 Jobs Campaign is about getting young people ‘job ready’, and then having jobs for them to try. The programs won the Industry Collaboration Award at this year’s NSW Training Awards and that has now been backed up by the outcomes we are seeing from this group of Skills4Trade graduates. It really is making a difference and we are committed to continuing this work into the New Year.”

The students undertook trade training at TAFE NSW, “Strong not Tough” training with the TAFE counsellor to build life skills and resilience, and were supported by the TAFE NSW and Skillset Workforce teams to develop job seeking and work readiness skills. Participants continue to be supported in their job hunting by Skillset Workforce through the Program.

Skills4Trade Programs are running again in Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo and Mudgee in February 2018. These programs are funded for eligible participants and details can be found at skillset.com.au/skills-4-trade. Information sessions will be held mid- January, registrations for these can also be done through the website.