More than 130 individuals in Dubbo were placed into jobs thanks to the annual SkillForce500 campaign, a jobs and skills campaign initiated through Skillset.
Among them is Specialized Electrical Dubbo electrical apprentice Billy Porter.
The campaign as a whole had its most successful year to date, having placed a total of 617 people into jobs, training or education.
The 2020/21 campaign period was the initiatives third year running, which saw greater engagement of Indigenous people, who made up 23 per cent of the individuals, women, who represented 34 per cent and mature-aged people.
The leading industries individuals were placed in included local government, construction, manufacturing and transport and storage.
Skillset General manager, Jane McWilliam said Skillset continued to see a demand for tradespeople in the Central West and Far West Orana.
"We see businesses seeking apprentices, trainees, school-based apprentices or trainees, and fully qualified tradespeople," Ms McWilliam said.
The work continues for Skillset with the announcement of the Australian government's extension of the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement Wage Subsidy.
Employers may be eligible for a subsidy of fifty per cent of gross wages paid to a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee for a 12-month period of commencement up to September 30, 2021.
To find out more about the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements subsidy call 1300 853 525.
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