15 young people graduated from the Skillset Workforce Skills4Trade/TAFE NSW program in Bathurst on Friday, 11th May 2018.

Bathurst Skills4Trade Graduation | Skillset Workforce
Seven of the students (Austin Mereweathers, Ayden Kearney, Patric Henderson, Kane Yankovich, Joshua Cambey, Jackson Gilbert and Jaydem Blattman) completed the Skills4Trade Multi-Trade Program, which included covering units of Carpentry and Bricklaying and a Try a Trade day involving Tiling, Concreting, and Automotive, all completed at TAFE NSW.

The students also undertook “Strong not Tough” training with the TAFE NSW 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. Many of the participants were also offered work experience placements which allowed them to meet local employers and see how trade skills are used in various industries. Work experience hosts for the Skills4Trade program included: Bathurst City Council, Distinctive Wardrobes, Spatial Services and Skillset Environment Landworks. One of the students, Patric Henderson has already been signed up into an apprenticeship with Oberon Smash Repairs, and the other participants continue to be supported in their job hunting by the Program.

Eight of the participants Olivia Holt-Smith, Micole Sugpatan, Jay Draper, Kellie Pearce, Eric Smith, Kris Cowan and Claudia Conomos undertook the Land Works Skills4Trade Program which required participants to complete units from Horticulture, Forestry and Conservation Land Management Certificates and non-accredited Environment training, and work placements with a Skillset Environment Land Works Intern Crew. Over the twelve-week period, the crew worked across 16 sites completing 7.65 hectares (ha) of landscape maintenance, construction of 1 garden design, and 8.4 ha of weed control.
Jane McWilliam, Senior Manager for Skillset Workforce said, “Skills4Trade is focussed at getting young people job-ready and to provide them with experience that can be transferred into the workplace. What is most encouraging is seeing many of the graduates’ securing employment. But also seeing many of the graduates still employed today, many of whom have been long-term unemployed. We look forward to continuing to offer this award-winning program in conjuction with TAFE NSW.”

Skills4Trade is a fully subsidised pre-employment program for 15-24 year olds who have left school and are interested in a pathway to a trade career. Skills4Trade Programs are running again in Bathurst in 2018. These programs are funded for eligible participants and details can be found on the Skillset website at skillset.com.au. Information sessions will be held mid- September, registrations for these can also be done through the website.