$5 million to boost NSW councils' skills base

Media release | 23 June 2017

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, and Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson, today launched the $5 million Local Government Skills Strategy.

The Local Government Skills Strategy will be piloted in four NSW regions – the Namoi (New England), Illawarra, Northern Rivers, Central West (Orange and surrounds) – as well as in Western Sydney.

“We need to work now to ensure our communities will be served long into the future by a strong, skilled local government workforce,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We will support councils to identify their individual training needs and priorities, providing a great opportunity to reskill our existing council workforce and provide job opportunities for young people who want to work for their local councils, through apprenticeships and traineeships.”

The NSW Government is working with the Office of Local Government and key local government stakeholders to deliver training and skilling to new and existing local council employees.

The Local Government Skills Strategy will:

  • Increase the pool of skilled workers in regional NSW
  • Assist councils to identify and address skills gaps and training needs
  • Allow councils to maintain and improve skills of existing staff to serve communities more efficiently and effectively
  • Provide supervisor training in how to support apprentices and trainees
  • Support councils in participant selection and work experience for people looking for work
  • Qualifications available include ‘pre-vocational training, pre-apprenticeship and pre-traineeships and part or full qualifications

NSW Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton said this program was a great way to help make a difference to people’s lives in local communities.

“Councils were once traditionally the major employers of traineeships in regional towns – we want to help support councils continue to give young people opportunities to develop skills they will use over a lifetime,” Ms Upton said.

Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson, welcomed the initiative and its pilot program in the New England region.

“This investment by the NSW Government will help us reskill our local council and support the continued delivery of high quality services to our community”, Mr Anderson said.

Following the pilot programs, it’s expected that the strategy will be extended to councils across NSW.

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