Apprenticeships and Training 2017

Narrabri Shire businesses have a long and proud history of training local people and giving them the essential skills needed to start a successful career path in life. This feature highlights the success stories of locals who have taken advantage of The Narrabri Shire's deep and diverse pool of training opportunities. Whether its an one day course or a 4 year apprenticeship, you can be certain that our local businesses are capable and more than happy to provide opportunities to local residents.

Apprenticeships and Training 2017
Apprenticeships and Training 2017
Apprenticeships and Training 2017
Apprenticeships and Training 2017

Apprenticeships and traineeships offer great opportunities

School leavers should look to apprenticeships and traineeships as a worthwhile pathway to becoming formally qualified, according to Australia’s largest provider of apprenticeships and traineeships, Apprenticeship Support Australia (ASA).

ASA National General Manager, James Moran, said young people who complete an apprenticeship or traineeship not only gain practical skills valued by employers but are also awarded nationally recognised qualifications.

“There are hundreds of apprenticeships and traineeships available across a range of industries in almost any field – from business services, bakers, childcare and hospitality to the more traditional construction trades like plumbing, carpentry and electrical work,” Mr Moran says.

“And once the apprenticeship or traineeship is completed there is often a secure job on offer with a well-defined career path to pursue and no crippling HECS debt to pay off.”

There is a chronic skill shortage in some areas and this means that young people who have completed a trade are almost 20 per cent more likely to be in full time employment six months after they complete their apprenticeship, versus a university graduate.

“University graduates can find it difficult to secure employment once they have completed their courses Apprentices and trainees on the other hand are often offered work by their employers at the completion of their training as they have the specific skills in demand by their industry. It’s a great opportunity for young people to secure employment where they will be paid to train and learn on the job. There are many training options to choose from that can lead to a secure and fulfilling career.”

Young people wanting more information about the types of apprenticeships and traineeships and how to go about signing up should go to or call 1300 363 831 for more information.

Community College course help students with practical skills for work environment

Five students graduated from the Narrabri Community College towards the end of last year.

“This group have come so far. I am so proud of them”, said College program co-ordinator Joan Longworth.

Working with BEST Employment, the students were identified as people who would benefit from a course that focused on giving them skills to make them work ready.

The students were asked “what was the best part of the course?” Unanimously they said how valuable it was for them getting out of the house and forming friendships with other people in similar situations.

Students said they didn’t realise the importance of cover letters and now they are able to write cover letters and update their resumes.

The small group meant the trainer could give intensive assistance in individualising the training, improving resumes and writing skills. One student said: “Now I have all these certificates that I can write on my resume.”

As part of the course, the students also undertook a number of practical units including first aid, chemical handling and safety awareness training with some students going on to complete qualifications in hospitality as well as forklift licencing.

Trainers Peter Andrew and Karen Slack-Smith, students Kylie Jessop, Glenn Holmes and Jacob Eames, BEST Employment’s Karly Mercer, trainer Damien Roman and student James Rees at the Community College graduation in November.

Help with transition from school to work or training

Joblink Plus has 80 locations across regional New South Wales and helped more than 7500 people into work in 2016.

In Narrabri, Joblink Plus delivers the Department of Employment’s Transition to Work and jobactive services.

Transition to Work is specifically designed to help young people aged 15–21 years make the move from school into work or training.

Joblink Plus works closely with local employers and training organisations to provide young people with the support they need.

“Transition to Work is about providing young people with opportunities to move into work or training” TtW regional manager Nikki Shields explained.

“Joblink Plus works closely with participants to become job ready and assist them in getting their driver’s licence, work experience, apprenticeships and traineeships,” she said.

“Providing these opportunities to young people giving them valuable skills and experience which employers look for when hiring.

“We can also assist young job seekers with financial assistance to help them with the necessary clothing and equipment needed to start work.

“There are many incentives for employers to employ a job seeker with Joblink Plus.

“We can help you with access to suitable candidates, assist with interviews and provide further support once your new employee has started, all at no cost to your business.

“You may also be eligible to receive a wage subsidy up to $10,000.”

If you’ve called into the Joblink Plus office in Narrabri recently, you would have been greeted by Jameah Toomey, 19.

Ms Toomey was a registered jobactive client with Joblink Plus, when a traineeship opportunity became available for an administration position at the Narrabri Joblink Plus office.

She is really enjoying her role.

“I wanted more experience in this industry and this traineeship should help me move straight into a full-time position after I have completed my 12 month traineeship.”

Joblink Plus also has a driving school which offers young people professional driving lessons to help them gain their driver’s licence.

Drive 4 Life Driver Training is located in Tamworth, however they deliver professional driving lessons throughout NSW.

Regional manager Katie Phelan said: “We’re going to have Drive 4 Life visit Narrabri for three days every month, with hopes that the demand will increase and then we will be able to offer this invaluable service more frequently.”

Joblink Plus does not only help young people into employment, they are a registered jobactive provider committed to linking job seekers to local employers.

To see how Joblink Plus can assist you, contact the Narrabri office on 6792 9200 or by visiting the office at Shop 7, 100 Maitland Street (on the corner of Dewhurst Street), between 9am and 5pm weekdays.

The Narrabri Joblink Plus team, Jameah Toomey (trainee administration), Mariel Pierce (job placement consultant), Katie Phelan (regional manager), Stevi Hogarth (job placement consultant), Nikki Shields (transition to work regional manager), Carol Hobday (community activities officer) and Erin Bostock (site support).