Forty five young people from across the Central West completed the TAFE training component of the Skills4Trade program last week, and will now move into work placements with local businesses organised by Skillset Workforce.

This first Skills4Trade (an AEN MIP Project supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, with training funded by State Training NSW) was a pilot program, and as a result of the overwhelming success of the pilot program Skillset and TAFE Western are running a suite of Skills4Trades starting in February.

Skills4Trade programs will be offered in Bathurst, Cowra, Dubbo, Lithgow, Mudgee, Orange, Parkes and Wellington in the following industry areas: Construction Trades, Engineering, Automotive, Electrical, Community Services, Business, Hospitality and Retail. Courses running will depend on numbers.

The course is free for people aged 15-19 who have left school, subject to eligibility criteria. Information sessions will be held mid January, Interested participants must register prior to attendance by calling Sarah on 0428 292 869 or visiting

In conjunction with the Skills4Trade Skillset Workforce is also running a jobs campaign, Pledge 250, to encourage local businesses to take on a young person. “This Skills4Trade program is ensuring our young candidates have entry level skills and are ready for work. Our young people need jobs and our businesses and communities need skills – we are working to ensure both these things happen” says Senior Manager Jane McWilliam.

If you would like to Pledge a Job for a young person’s future then contact Skillset Workforce on 1300 853 525 or email

Images Top to Bottom: SKills4Trade Graduates Dubbo, Bathurst, Orange and Mudgee.


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