Penrith Skills & Jobs Expo
Our NSW/ACT Education and Training Adviser, Charles Impey attended the Penrith Skills and Jobs Expo on 27 March, one of the largest city-based skills and jobs expos in Sydney (see photo opposite). The event was hosted and staged by Centrelink.
During the five-hour event Charles presented training and education advice on agriculture, horticulture, conservation and land management as well as animal care management.
The presentation attracted considerable interest from city residents who expressed interest in living and working in rural and regional NSW and the ACT.
Enquiries were received about processing, piggeries, sheep and cattle farming, animal care (with a particular interest in equine), nursery and landscaping as well as horticulture. There was significant interest in working in local government in parks and gardens.
People spoke of moving to Cobar, Orange and Armidale. Many said they would like to move to the country, and that the rural living would suit them.Career advisers from schools explained agricultural career pathways, which they were keen to pass onto students from across western Sydney.
There was interest came from Australian Government departments, including Human Services and Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Both manage various initiatives that give support to those seeking careers in primary industries.
Service providers from Job Services Australia held an exhibit and were keen to know more about the skills needs of rural NSW and ACT.
According to providers, city based Australian Government funded employment agencies have people on their books who are looking for rural jobs. This suggests a talent pool exists that many in rural NSW and ACT can access.
Rural producers and landholders are encouraged to contact Mr Impey, the NSW/ACT Education and Training Adviser to tap into the opportunities that exist through country and city linkages supporting rural apprenticeship and traineeship needs, or to attract skill needs for the future.
Mr Impey's contact details are 0419 496 876 or email email@example.com