NSW Local Government Skills Strategy
The NSW Local Government Skills Strategy will help NSW councils develop an expanded skilled workforce by offering the training required to work effectively in the contemporary local government environment.
Developed in consultation with the Office of Local Government and with a focus on regional NSW, the strategy recognises the significance of local government as an employer in smaller communities.
It aims to enhance training and employment opportunities in NSW councils by boosting apprentice and trainee numbers and offering a pre-employment program, as well as build the capacity of existing employees.
Customised to the skills priorities of each participating organisation, the strategy offers vocational education and training (VET) to employees and prospective employees in both part and full qualifications under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled program. It has three parts:
- A strategy to increase the employment of apprentices and trainees with NSW councils, including an increase in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships. This includes professional development for councils on how to manage apprentices and trainees in order to boost completion rates.
- A pre-employment strategy which provides employment and training opportunities for prospective council employees in regional NSW. This aspect focuses on young people (aged 17 – 24), unemployed older workers and others who are disadvantaged in the labour market. Local government work experience is offered as part of the strategy.
- A strategy to upskill existing council employees through increased access to and participation in VET. The training on offer consists of part and full qualifications under Smart and Skilled.
The strategy was successfully piloted in late 2017 and now covers all NSW councils. It will run until 30 June 2019.
For further information please contact the Office of Local Government Principal Project Officer LGSS, Jaleen Caples on 0472 817 148.