Lithgow City Council, supported by Skillset Bathurst, continues to support the development of trade skills through local apprenticeships.
Throughout the central west of NSW, many organisations are facing difficulties in attracting and retaining skilled labour and local government in particular suffers from this ongoing trend.
“Approximately 90% of apprentices stay in their place of work after completing their trade qualification,” said Lithgow City Council’s Mayor, Councillor Ray Thompson. “This offers local government the opportunity to grow their own talent so to speak, and directly contribute to the diversification of both its own workforce and the local community. The greater Lithgow area is faced with impending transitions from mining and encouraging the growth and development of young apprentices in a variety of specialisations supports future generations in becoming self-sufficient and successful members of our local community.”
“To this effect, I am proud to congratulate Laurence Orford in his completion of a Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology. Laurence is a long-term Lithgow resident who has been with Council for three years and having spoken with his workmates, is an extremely valuable and hardworking employee,” noted Mayor Thompson. “I started as an apprentice myself and understand first-hand that this is just the start of what I trust will be a long and fulfilling career. I commend Laurence for his success at Council and encourage those considering a local trade to make the jump – you won’t regret it!”
While Council offers apprenticeship opportunities from time to time, many local organisations do the same. TAFE NSW also has a local branch in Hill Street which offers trades in engineering as well as welfare services such as education, aged care and community assistance. It’s never too late to take the next step and further your skills and education!
Photo: Craig Butler – General Manager, Lawrence Orford – Mechanics Apprentice, Mayor Ray Thompson