Skills vital for next steps

Vicki Seccombe.
Vicki Seccombe.

The state's peak business organisation, Business NSW, says the new JobTrainer package delivers on its recommendation to increase investment in upskilling and improving the employability of young people.

"In our Skillsroad Youth Review we heard from many young people that had lost their jobs or were stood down and were struggling with their mental health," said Vicki Seccombe, Regional Manager - Western NSW, Business NSW.

"Assisting people to increase their skills is critical through this difficult period," Ms Seccombe said.

"That's why in our recent Back on Track report we called on government to invest more in helping young people.

"One of our recommendations was a Youth Jobs Guarantee to provide a social safety net so that young people didn't fall through the cracks.

"It is fantastic to hear that the $320 million JobTrainer package - funded jointly by the Commonwealth and NSW Governments - will start to deliver on our recommendation.

"Although the full list of qualifications hasn't yet been released, we would hope that JobTrainer will give businesses access to the skills they need, particularly as they respond to the challenges of COVID-19.

"We would expect that governments would be open to refining the list, if required, to fully address these needs.

"My advice to anybody interested in one of these courses would be to do some research before you enrol, include visiting the Skillsroad website.

"Also speak to your employment service and your careers advisor or contact your local business chamber to make sure you are gaining skills that will help you find a job," Ms Seccombe said.