Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

NSWBC CEO Message: Government to revamp education pathways in NSW schools

7 Nov


NSWBC CEO Message:

Government to revamp education pathways in NSW schools


Please see the attached information from the NSW Business Chamber about important initiatives to be trialled in schools on the north coast of NSW which are designed to address the high youth unemployment in our area.


I would be very interested to hear from any of our members who would like to explore how businesses in Bellingen could support school based apprenticeships and traineeships.


Kind Regards,


Libby Park

President, Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

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NSW Business Chamber
You will recall during the State Election campaign in March, the Chamber prosecuted the case for Keeping NSW Number 1.


Not only did we, through the tireless efforts of everyone throughout the more than 200 Local Chambers of Commerce across NSW ensure that an increase to the payroll tax threshold was at the forefront of voters’ minds, but key issues around infrastructure, energy and skilling workers for the future were paramount.


Finding the right jobs for our young people, and ensuring businesses have the skills they need for jobs of the future is an absolute priority of the NSW Business Chamber.


In a further win for our advocacy efforts, I’m delighted to let you know the NSW Government has announced the launch of a new education pilot program in selected schools, commencing next year.


The Government is to be applauded for trialling initiatives that support young people getting into the workforce. What we have been doing hasn’t been working.


What’s also good to see is the pilot programs will be run in schools in South West Sydney and on the North Coast – two geographical areas of high youth unemployment.


With over half of NSW businesses experiencing skills shortages as detailed in our own member driven Workforce Skills Survey, the program will address the current gap between the skills required by organisations and the skills being obtained by young people during training.


This will include:

  • -a fresh model of industry-based careers advice for students and parents;
  • -new support for students undertaking a school-based apprentice or traineeship; and
  • -more help for disadvantaged young people looking to return to training or work.


I’m personally pleased to see action also being taken to substantially increase the number of School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships in NSW. As the nation’s largest economy, NSW under-performs in this crucial area as compared to Queensland.


This announcement is a really significant win for the advocacy efforts of the Chamber through its members over the last few years.


Thank you for your ongoing support.

All the best,

Stephen Cartwright

Chief Executive Officer

NSW Business Chamber