Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP)

Refuge Employment Support brochureThe Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP) is a NSW Government initiative that will strengthen connections between local industry and secondary school communities and support students in planning their future career pathways.

The RIEP initiative will:

  • build partnerships between employers and local schools
  • support employers to engage with schools and share their expectations for their future workforce
  • help students develop the skills they need to get a job; and
  • strengthen links between what is learned at school and what is needed in the workplace.

RIEP will take advantage of local knowledge and networks to boost student engagement with local industry.

Ten dedicated, locally-based RIEP officers will be appointed throughout the network of Training Services NSW regional centres to provide statewide coverage. RIEP officers will:

  • Work with school staff on initiatives that engage local industries and support students to plan their career pathways
  • Work with local employers to facilitate their access to local schools in order to promote careers within their business or industry.
  • Facilitate activities where employers can communicate what they need in terms of skills and experience from young people entering their industry.
  • Support school staff to promote the range of jobs and career opportunities available in the region to students and their parents; and
  • Develop and provide resources and activities to increase the capacity of schools and industry to engage with each other.


  • Entrepreneurial 'Learning in Action' program
    The NSW Government is proud to support the Entrepreneurial 'Learning in Action' program, an exciting in-curriculum program that teaches high school students how to solve problems facing current and emerging industries, using innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset.


For more information contact your local RIEP officer:

Region / Area RIEP Officer Contact Details
Hunter & Central Coast
Newcastle/Hunter Helen Harvey
M: 0447 856 540
Central Coast Ken Rowley M: 0427 122 493
Illawarra & South East NSW
Wollongong Jenny Watts M: 0418 246 838
Queanbeyan Sean Douglas M: 0447 831 462
New England
New England Anthony Hollis M: 0419 406 851
North Coast & Mid North Coast
Lismore Damon McCarthy M: 0448 986 935
Port Macquarie Stacey Mitchell Bales M: 0448 987 240
Riverina Nathan Cooper M: 0417 482 066
Western Sydney & Blue Mountains
Western Sydney & Blue Mountains Skye Weeks M: 0448 112 508
Southern & South Western Sydney
Southern & South Western Sydney Rhonda Stone M: 0448 059 494
Western NSW
Dubbo Grant Fish M: 0447 840 516
Cobar Tom Brain M: 0477 351 302
Orange Jacquie Smith M: 0447 817 662
Partnerships Team
Head Office Nick Minto, Manager P: 8267 7791 M: 0431 590 952
Fiona Buhler,
Senior Project Officer
P: 8267 7862   M: 0417 412 795
Dean Mason,
Project Support Officer
P: 8267 7639
Page last updated: 4 December 2018