CADIA Valley Operations and TAFE Western have launched a new campaign to address a skills shortage in Orange and district.
Corporate Partners for Change aims to attract people interested in working in the manufacturing, automotive and engineering industries.
Prospective employees will undertake a pre-employment course at TAFE Western while gaining work experience with local employers.
“Cadia and TAFE Western worked closely with the community to develop a program to encourage people into a trade career in Orange,” Cadia Valley Operations general manager Tony McPaul said.
“The course is tailored for people that would like to get into a trade, however, don’t yet have the qualifications or practical experience.
“The course provides individuals with a taste of engineering trade roles and showcases their skills and abilities to local businesses.
“It is designed to open doors for employment opportunities with local businesses, or encourage further training through TAFE.”
TAFE Western institute director Kate Baxter said the organisation was committed to developing partnerships that help students move into employment.
“We are excited to be a part of this program with Cadia Valley Operations and appreciate local businesses coming on board to proactively assist TAFE Western approach workforce development in skills shortage industries,” she said.
“The course will run for nine weeks and will involve the successful job-seekers undertaking two days per week work experience on a rotational basis with the corporate partners. The other three days they will attend TAFE.
“By undertaking this program students will gain skills which may lead to possible traineeships or apprenticeships in the engineering and automotive trade areas.”
Applications for the program, which starts on April 29, are now open.
For information visit www.wit.tafensw.edu.au.