Friday April 20, 2018
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP today announced local councils in the region are set to upskill and grow following the statewide rollout of a new $4.6 million vocational education and skills program.
Tanya Davies said the program, called the Local Government Skills Strategy (LGSS), was a fantastic opportunity to create stronger career pathways within local government in Mulgoa.
“This program is all about giving councils every opportunity to gain the skills they need to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible,” Tanya Davies said.
“It will help existing local council employees improve their skills through full or part-time training, and it will also provide opportunities for more people to get into local government careers.
“This new program will be rolled out to Penrith, Fairfield, Liverpool and Blacktown City Councils which will give all those councils the chance to boost the skills of their current workers, and take on new trainees and apprentices,” Tanya Davies said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the decision to roll out the program across the entirety of NSW followed positive feedback from a pilot program which ran between May and October 2017.
“We recognise the significance of local government as major employer in smaller communities, and we want councils to be able to recruit more people and retain their best workers,” Mr Barilaro said.
“As Minister for Regional NSW I want people to look to regional and remote towns and think “I could have a great life there’, and the role of local councils and the jobs they provide plays a big part in achieving that,” he said.
Minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton said the initial pilot program took place across five regions.
“Last year’s pilot saw more than 700 people get access to training in 29 councils across five regions – the Central West, Namoi, Illawarra, Northern Rivers, and Western Sydney,” Ms Upton said.
“As part of the broader roll out we will be encouraging councils to increase their intake of apprentices and trainees by 10 per cent per year over the next two financial years.
For more information on the program visit: https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/