NSW Local Government Skills Strategy

The NSW Local Government Skills Strategy will provide NSW councils with an expanded skilled workforce by offering the training required to work effectively in the contemporary local government environment.

It will enhance regional training and employment opportunities by boosting apprentice and trainee numbers and offering a pre-employment program, as well as build the capacity of existing employees.

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 traineeships. This will include professional development for councils on how to manage apprentices and trainees in order to support the completion of apprenticeships and traineeships.
  • A pre-employment strategy which will provide employment and training opportunities for prospective council employees in regional NSW. This aspect will focus on young people (aged 17 – 24), unemployed older workers and others who are disadvantaged in the labour market. Local government work experience will be offered as part of the strategy.
  • A strategy to upskill existing council employees through increased access to and participation in VET. Training will consist of part and full qualifications under Smart and Skilled.

A pilot program will run in the following four areas in regional NSW, and Western Sydney, for an anticipated period of 6 months:

  • Central West
  • Namoi
  • Illawarra
  • Northern Rivers

It will rely on participation from pilot Joint Organisations of Councils (JOs), groupings of councils which enable local government and the NSW Government to work together on regional priorities in areas such as jobs and education and provide a means of delivering projects across council boundaries.

The strategy will ultimately be expanded to include all NSW councils and will run until 30 June 2019.

For further information please contact the Office of Local Government Project Co-ordinator on 02 4428 4100.

Page last updated: 19 January 2018