Strategy to expand NSW Councils' skills base
The NSW Government has committed $5 million to develop a strategy aimed at improving the skills of local government workers and, at the same time, increase job opportunities in local councils for apprentices and trainees.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business, John Barilaro, said Training Services NSW had worked with local government organisations to devise the strategy under Smart and Skilled which would deliver vocational skills to prospective, new and existing local council employees.
They include part-qualification training for people interested in working for a council; training for apprentices and trainees employed by local government; and part and full qualification training for existing council employees who want to upskill,” Mr Barilaro said.
This strategy represents a fabulous opportunity to improve the skills base of our local councils while also providing job opportunities for young people who want to work for their local councils,” he said.
The strategy will be piloted in four NSW regions – the Illawarra, Northern Rivers Central West (Orange and surrounds) and Namoi (New England) - and Western Sydney.
Councils in these areas will be asked to identify their training needs and priorities and support the promotion of apprenticeships and traineeships in their respective regions.
Minister for Local Government, Gabrielle Upton, said the strategy had a number of specific objectives and targets including pre-employment training for people seeking to work for councils or other employers in their local areas.
The strategy aims to facilitate training in skill priority areas for the existing council workforce,” Ms Upton said.
Councils will also be encouraged to increase the number of apprentices and trainees employed or hosted by them by 10 per cent per year over the term of the strategy.
Following the pilot programs, it is expected that the strategy will be extended to all NSW councils.