Skillset staff across the region gave a little bit of love on February 14 networking with local tradespeople at a BBQ breakfast at Bunnings Warehouse.
Mudgee employees made their way to various businesses soon after to spread knowledge regarding the SkillForce500 campaign.
Since October 2019 when the annual jobs and skills campaign was launched, Skillset has engaged 340 people across the Central West and Orana area through education, employment and skills development, with time still on the clock to meet 500 by March 31, 2020.
Total unemployment currently sits at 3.2 per cent in the Central West, with you unemployment rates in the Central West reaching 8.6 per cent, as reported by the Australian Government Labour Market Information Portal.
Although the unemployment rates sit relatively low compared to previous numbers, Skillset CEO Craig Randazzo said a focus on developing youth's skills in order to gain employment is still a necessity.
"We want to partner with local businesses so we can provide life-changing skill development and employment. It's very important that we provide employment and education opportunities for young people so we can keep skills local for future regional growth," he said.
"Businesses can support SkillForce500 by simply helping us to display our campaign material, pledge work experience opportunities for high school students or consider placing an apprentice, trainee or new resource.
If we all band together, we have the potential to benefit thousands of people in our local communities.Skillset CEO, Craig Randazzo
For more information regarding SkillForce, phone 1300 853 525, or visit www.skillset.com.au.