Skillset Gives a Thumbs Up to Businesses during the SkillForce Business Blitzes!
Skillset’s staff from Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo and Mudgee gave a big “thumbs up” to employment and skills development as they joined forces and embarked to visit businesses across the Central West and Orana regiona. From the CBD to the industrial areas, the Skillset teams were out and about to raise awareness of the need to support employment, skills and education in regional NSW.
In a challenging year for many Australians, Skillset are more than ever determined to focus on the future and support local businesses and the community by supporting the skills development of individuals and fostering the needs of businesses and organisations that employ them.
The SkillForce campaign started out as SkillForce360 in 2018 and after its massive success, Skillset boosted the target to 500 people in 2019/20. In its second year, Skillset launched SkillForce500 again to focus on developing skilled individuals that contribute to the productivity of our region’s businesses and supporting the future prosperity of our local communities, especially as businesses power onto economic recovery.
The SkillForce campaign also aims to increase employment opportunities through offering mentoring programs, recruitment services and job pathway programs while also raising awareness of trade careers in schools amongst many other skills solutions Skillset can provide.
Since the launch of SkillForce500, in October 2020, Skillset has engaged and placed over 100 people so far across the Central West and Far West Orana region’s; with the goal of reaching 500 placements by 31 March, 2020. They are well on track to achieve this feat since reaching the 100 milestone 4 weeks ahead of their previous year’s campaign by the end of October.
With the Australian Governments’ announcement of the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement Wage Subsidy to support employers and group training organisations to take on new Apprentices and Trainees, it is a positive time for businesses to get on board and support skills growth in their communities, especially through apprenticeship and traineeship programs.
“Skillset are consistently striving to develop opportunities to support every stage of the career life cycle. Our SkillForce500 Blitz day is focused on having meaningful and purposeful conversations with individuals, businesses and our communities to spread awareness during deeply challenging times, that there are still opportunities and areas to strive and succeed.” said Skillset General Manager, Jane McWilliam.
As we lead into the holiday season, Skillset would like to remind all to ‘shop local’ and support your regional businesses to keep our communities thriving.
To find out more about joining the SkillForce to help skill regional communities, call 1300 853 525, or go here to find out more about the campaign.
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