Not-for-profit employment, training, education and apprenticeship service provider and CCA member VERTO will expand its range of services in the Hunter and North Coast regions after being awarded delivery of the Australian Government’s Transition to Work (TtW) program across 23 regional locations in New South Wales.
The Transition to Work program is a Department of Education, Skills and Employment initiative aimed at helping young people aged 15-24 to achieve their employment and education goals.
Participants receive intensive, pre-employment support to develop practical skills to get a job, participate in education or training, find local job opportunities, and connect with relevant local community services.
VERTO will deliver the program from July 2022 in 23 regional NSW locations: Charlestown, Raymond Terrace, Wallsend, Muswellbrook, Belmont, Mayfield, Nelson Bay, Hamilton, Salamander Bay, Toronto, Morisset, Broadmeadow, Lismore, Grafton, Casino, Ballina, Murwillumbah, Bryon Bay, Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads, Maclean, Yamba and Pottsville.
“AT VERTO, we pride ourselves on providing life-changing employment and training outcomes for our clients, and we are very pleased that the Department of Education, Skills and Employment has put its faith in VERTO to deliver this vitally important program,” VERTO CEO Ron Maxwell said.
“Youth unemployment is at around 9% nationally and is almost a third higher than the general unemployment rate. This is concerning and demonstrates a need for a concerted focus on assisting youth.”
Mr Maxwell said the TtW program would not only benefit job seekers in the Hunter and North Coast regions; it would also be extremely beneficial for local employers.
“Through the TtW program, youth have the ability to gain real-life skills and knowledge that sets them up to be successful in the workforce. This can only be a good thing for local employers, especially those that are experiencing skills shortages,” Mr Maxwell said.
“VERTO will also offer wage subsidy expertise and post-placement support to ensure the needs of local employers and labour markets are being met, while also maximising participants’ success.”