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HELPING HANDS: VERTO CEO, Ron Maxwell, said that VERTO will begin delivering the new Workforce Australia services from today. Photo: Supplied

Job seekers and businesses in Forbes and across the Central West can today access a range of new employment tools through VERTO, a not-for-profit employment, training, education and apprenticeship service provider, as part of the Australian Government's new Workforce Australia initiative.

Workforce Australia replaces the existing Jobactive program from July 1, 2022, and brings together several programs, including Transition to Work (TtW) and Self-Assessment Assistance (SEA), to create a single and easy to access government employment service. These programs will help locals in Mudgee to find and keep a job, change jobs or start their own business, while connecting employers with job seekers.

VERTO has been selected to deliver Workforce Australia services across various regions in NSW, including Central West, Hunter, North Coast, Far West Orana and Murray-Riverina.

This new model will also help employers find and secure candidates with the right qualifications and skills through a more connected recruitment service.

- Ron Maxwell, VERTO CEO

VERTO Chief Executive Officer, Ron Maxwell, said the team is excited to play a role in the initiative and is looking forward to working with job seekers and employers in Forbes and the Central West. "Workforce Australia will enable local job-ready job seekers to self-manage through new, interactive digital services, while those with greater needs will be supported by experienced VERTO consultants.

"This new model will also help employers find and secure candidates with the right qualifications and skills through a more connected recruitment service," he said. "The initiative will equip Australians with the skills, training and resources needed to gain sustainable and satisfying employment and, in doing so, provide businesses and industries with the skills they need to thrive."

Under the initiative, VERTO will work closely with employers and industry to develop practical solutions to industry-wide and local labour market challenges. For more information on the program, visit www.dese.gov.au/workforce-australia.

The Forbes VERTO office is located at 23 Templar Street. For more information on VERTO's full suite of services, visit www.verto.org.au or phone 1300 4 VERTO (1300 483 786).