Skills4Trade 2016 participant Josh Trail on the 3rd day of his new apprenticeship

Skills4Trade 2016 participant Josh Trail on the 3rd day of his new apprenticeship

Local young people aged 15 – 24 have the opportunity to get a head start in the job stakes with the Skills4Trade program being run by Skillset Workforce and TAFE Western starting soon in Orange.

The program, which is free for eligible participants, involves training at TAFE Western and work placements and support from Skillset Workforce. There are 4 courses being offered in Orange: Hospitality and Retail, Business, Community Services and a multi-industry trade course.

Josh Trail, a participant from the Skills4Trade pilot run late last year has just started an apprenticeship as a result of doing the program and says it really helped him decide what he wanted to do and gave him the skills he needed to get a job. “I’m really glad I went for it and did the course and now I have a job.”

An information session about the program will be held at the TAFE Student Hub on Wednesday 18th January 10 – 11 am. Interested participants are asked to attend this session if possible, and if not to register their interest by calling 0428 292 869 or visiting

 Skillset Workforce is also running a Job Pledge campaign encouraging businesses to pledge jobs for local young people “We have a responsibility to help our young people get a start in life and at the same time providing businesses with quality staff. The combination of our Skills4Trade Program and Pledge250 campaign ensure we do just that” says Skillset Workforce Senior Manager Jane William. “We would love to hear from businesses that have any roles they would like to Pledge for a young person.  Just call us on 1300 853 525”.

Skills4 Trade training is funded by State Training NSW, and is an AEN MIP Project supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.