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Alister Henskens: Careers NSW unlocking opportunities for job seekers in Western Sydney


More than 80,000 people have been supported with free career guidance and advice through Careers NSW since it launched last year, with residents of South West Sydney responding in droves.

Canterbury-Bankstown and Camden local government areas are leading the way with the largest take up of appointments for advice on careers through the program.

Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said National Careers Week (16-22 May) is an opportunity for people to explore how the NSW Government can help them get a first job, a new job or a better job.

“Careers NSW is a whole-of-life, one-stop-shop for everyone in the state to help people unlock their potential by empowering them to make informed decisions about their career path,” Mr Henskens said.

“The NSW Government is working hard to turbocharge the take-up of vocational education and training by investing in fee-free and low fee training courses, which aim to get people into jobs and address skills shortages across the state.

“There are also incredible opportunities in NSW for people in STEM, with our innovation ecosystem widely regarded as one of the best in the world. “There has never been a better time to explore your future and Careers NSW can offer advice on everything from traditional trades to new and emerging industries.”

Careers NSW provides the opportunity for people to navigate career information via a self-service website, identify potential jobs and training opportunities and talk to industry experts. People over 18 years old who live in one of seven priority locations can also connect to a career professional who will provide free career guidance.
Careers NSW was a recommendation of David Gonski AC and Professor Peter Shergold AC’s review of the NSW vocational education and training sector.

Mr Gonski said Careers NSW aims to make information, advice and professional career guidance accessible to students, trainees and employers. “The availability of high quality career advice is so important and the data shows that Careers NSW is helping people take the first step towards a rewarding career,” Mr Gonski said.

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