2 March 2021
Free face-to-face careers counselling for 25 to 44 year olds across the Central West has been launched in Bathurst, funded by a $600,000 grant from the Morrison-McCormack Government through the National Careers Institute.
Federal Member for Calare and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education the Hon Andrew Gee MP has urged young people to jump on the Skillset CareerLink website https://skillset.com.au/ to book an appointment.
The careers counselling will be available across 11 local government areas locally including Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.
“We know young people in the workplace have been particularly impacted by Covid, with many employed in hospitality and tourism,” Mr Gee said.
“I’m delighted to be launching these services across our electorate this week; it’s a strong show of support for young people in that age bracket trying to rebuild their skills and career prospects.
“This gets in on the ground, you can come in and talk to someone and get that individual help and assistance.
“The service is also here to match local employers looking to fill skills gaps and direct young people to where there may be skills shortages. There are certain segments of our economy that are crying out for labour and this is a service that is likely to be incredibly valuable in terms of connecting young people with local work opportunities.
“This is a big program stretching across many local areas and I congratulate Skillset on securing this funding and rolling out the program. I think it will make a real difference to the lives of many young people in our region.”