Skills4Trade is a partnership between Skillset Workforce and TAFE NSW that aims to help young people aged 15 – 40 prepare for work by offering face-to-face training combined with work experience.

Cobar’s first Skills4Trade program will commence in mid-January. Held at TAFE NSW Cobar, the 4-week construction course will provide participants with relevant knowledge and skills along with hands-on work experience which will ensure participants are confident and ready for employment.

The pre-employment course will give students an opportunity to get a taste of what they could expect if they pursued study or work in the construction industry. The training provides a pathway and training credit towards a traineeship or apprenticeship in construction.

Program Manager for Skills4Trade, Lucy Eccleston, says “Skills4Trade participants attend TAFE NSW on a short-term basis to learn about different industries, trade careers and apprenticeship opportunities, plus do career planning, and learn what trade is the best fit for them and their skills. It really does put a student on the front foot as they strive towards employment or apprenticeship. It also looks great on your resume and employers are always looking for employees who have invested time into training.”

Skills4Trade Dubbo Horticulture graduate, Jerakye Goolagong says, “I was looking to change careers as I was after something with more job security, career progression and I wanted to gain a qualification. Completing the Skills4Trade program really confirmed for me that I enjoy horticultural work. It was a sense of “try before you buy”, I was provided with hands-on industry experience and theory prior to obtaining a graduate job with Dubbo Regional Council.”

Skills4Trade is a collaboration between Skillset Workforce and TAFE NSW. It was launched in 2016 as part of a coordinated approach to help address regional unemployment and skills shortages in key industries. In the last financial year, 138 participants have undertaken Skills4Trade programs, with 57% either continuing into work, apprenticeships/traineeships or continued their study.

Skills4Trade courses are fully subsidised for eligible participants and registrations are now open for the Cobar construction course. Information sessions will be held from early January. To register go to Places are limited so interested people are advised to register as soon as possible.