The Skillset Story

Skillset started out as Central West Group Apprentices in 1982. Since then Skillset has employed and trained through to completion thousands of apprentices and trainees across the region. In the 15 years from 2000 we successfully completed 3078 apprentices in their nominated trade, who have gone on to contribute to keeping our skills base local and our regional trades supplied with quality trades professionals.

In 2012 Skillset cemented its commitment to the future of young people by building the Flannery Centre in the heart of the education precinct in Bathurst, and diversifying into a multi-faceted organisation delivering a range of education, workforce and environment programs, including:

  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • The Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring Program
  • The Indigenous Youth Careers Pathways Program
  • The Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (PowerPlay)
  • The Industrial Ecology Program
  • The Green Army Program
  • The Safer Driver Course

In Jan 2015 Skillset opened the Skillset Senior College in Bathurst which by 2017 will be providing an alternative pathway for years 10 to 12 education for over 70 young people.

Also in 2015 Skillset Workforce expanded to deliver a full range of services across the employment lifecycle including permanent and temporary recruitment services, in addition to the traditional apprentice and trainee service.

In 2016 Skillset was awarded a Regional VET Pathways Program to be delivered as Skillset Youth Connect, and launched Skills4Trade, Pledge250, Skillset Environment Land Works and Spark Tank.