Skillset CEO Craig Randazzo and TAFE NSW VET Delivery Director Andrew Crowley

Skillset and TAFE NSW have received state-wide recognition for an exciting partnership that continues to deliver outstanding results for young people in the central west.

The organisations have been selected as finalists in the Industry Collaboration category in the prestigious NSW Training Awards for their life-changing Skills4Trade Program.

Skills4Trade was launched in 2016 as part of a coordinated approach to address regional youth unemployment. Since then it has successfully helped increase trainee and apprenticeship participation and completion rates in the region, and helped many students gain important and highly sought after skills. “Skills4Trade is an excellent example of industry collaboration focused on building a sustainable and long-term model of pre-apprenticeship training, work skills and a supportive pathway to jobs for young people,” Skillset CEO Craig Randazzo said. “This state level recognition is testament to the experience and expertise of both organisations and their ability to deliver successful training and employment outcomes for young people.”

TAFE NSW VET Delivery Director Andrew Crowley said Skills4Trade was a multi- faceted program that incorporated training by TAFE and a jobs focus by Skillset. “We focus on offering engaging and practical trade learning activities for the students, while Skillset help students get work trials, help with job creation and career planning through a number of innovative initiatives,” he said. “TAFE is very proud to be involved in such a worthwhile program that continues to deliver outstanding results for young people in western NSW.”

Applications are currently being taken for the next round of Skills4Trade programs commencing at the end of September in Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo and Mudgee. Call 1300 853 525 or visit www.skillset.com.au. The NSW Training Awards are being held in Sydney on September 7th.