A campaign is hoping to raise awareness among youth.
Skillset launched its annual jobs and skills campaign, SkillForce500, in October of last year, and is hoping to reach even more people in Dubbo.
The campaign is "powered by people", which focuses on developing skilled individuals that contribute to the productivity of our region's businesses and supporting the future prosperity of our local communities.
Skillset CEO Craig Randazzo said while it is encouraging to see the low total unemployment rates across the Central West and Far West Orana regions, there is a real need to focus on developing skills of our local youth so they can gain pathways to employment.
Skillset has engaged 340 people so far across the Central West and Orana region through education, employment and skills development; with the goal of reaching 500 placements by March 31.
The Australian Government Labour Market Information Portal reports that total unemployment currently sits at 3.2 per cent for the Central West and 3.1 per cent for Far West and Orana.
Youth Unemployment rates are still more than double total unemployment, with Central West sitting at 8.6 per cent and 6.3 per cent in Far West and Orana.
"We want to partner with local businesses so we can provide life-changing skill development and employment," Mr Randazzo said.
"It's very important that we provide employment and education opportunities for young people so we can keep skills local for future regional growth."
Skillset are calling upon local businesses to support the campaign in any way they can.
To find out more information visit www.skillset.com.au