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VERTO is an award winning, not-for-profit organisation assisting businesses and individuals with all their apprenticeship, employment and training needs. Our expertise covers a range of areas including Aboriginal services, Australian apprenticeships services, disability services, employment services and vocational training to help businesses, individuals and local industry to thrive. Our mission is to positively impact the lives of individuals and communities and we’ve built a track record of exemplary customer service over 35 years, built around an ethical approach.You'll find the team in over 40 locations across New South Wales.

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By Ron Maxwell - CEO

It’s well documented that many of Australia’s regional areas are being left behind, suffering significant population decline as more and more people migrate to metropolitan areas in search of work.

There is an abundance of government programs and initiatives out there designed to stimulate job growth, but are we doing enough? In a recent episode of ABC’s Q&A, John Daley, Chief Executive of the Grattan Institute said “We have 117 years of official policy to (create jobs in regional Australia), and so far, 117 years of failure.”

An effective solution isn’t just about short-term job creation; we need to stabilise, or even grow, local populations. And regional population growth doesn’t only benefit the local area, it is beneficial to the whole economy. The Regional Australia Institute recently reported that for every 100,000 people that choose regional areas over big cities, $50 billion is injected into our economy as a result of reduced congestion and mortgage costs.

Building communities from within works

The key to growing local population is to create jobs that give existing locals a reason to stay, and encourage people to move to an area – but just how do we do this? There are many schools of thought on this, but for me, it’s about a local first approach.

Population decline is cyclical. Each generation that leaves to find work, only accelerates the exodus of the next, as opportunities become scarcer and scarcer. Building a community from within doesn’t just create jobs, it empowers locals and gives the community a sense of identity. This success will both inspire the next generation and give them the job opportunities they need to stay and build a local career.

On the whole, government initiatives haven’t proven successful over the long-term and many communities are taking matters into their own hands. In the Riverina district of New South Wales, local councils and residents have worked together to reverse the decline, through local innovation and entrepreneurship in a wide range of areas.

This approach is supported by the research too. A recent report by the Regional Australia Institute has found that supporting and growing local entrepreneurship is a key strategy to increase employment opportunities. And in general, Australians will support local initiatives over big business, with nine out of ten saying that they will buy locally made goods over cheaper imports.

There’s a place for big industry too

Many of the industries that built our regional areas are in decline, such as manufacturing and mining, but there are a number of growing industries that could look to our regional areas too.

An obvious one is renewable energy - regional Australia offers an abundance of flat land and sunshine. In fact, Dubbo has the highest capacity to produce energy through solar power of anywhere in Australia.

But there are other big businesses in a range of industries who are taking advantage of the opportunities regional Australia has to offer – such as Fantastic Furniture, who have a warehouse at Young in New South Wales. Companies like Fantastic are realising the benefits – reduced costs, cheaper land and access to a ready, willing and available workforce.

Governments must play a role

Government support is integral to finding a long-term solution to regional decline – it’s just about where the money is spent. Programs such as the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa that increases population and builds skills within regional communities, are great. What we need now is the other side of the coin – stimulus to build local economies from within and reduce the high unemployment rates that plague many of our regional areas.

The key to this lies in finding ways to encourage and grow local entrepreneurship. There are already some great initiatives in this space, such as the Start Up Incubator in Bathurst, that has received an injection of funds from the New South Wales State Government. More than 20% of start ups already originate in our regional areas, imagine how this could grow with the right funding and support from state and federal governments.

Another key area is investing in the infrastructure that will bring both short-term jobs and encourage larger businesses to consider the benefits of our regional areas. Many of our smaller cities, such as Orange in Central West New South Wales have the right mix of existing industry, community service networks, and available land that make them ripe for investment.

With plenty of land for both housing and industry at a relatively low cost, a willing workforce, and communities with a strong sense of identity, regional Australia has much to offer born and bred locals, skilled migrants, and tree-change urbanites seeking to escape the congestion of our cities. If we can fund and support local start ups and encourage bigger businesses to realise these benefits, it won’t be hard to reverse population decline.

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Community Programs

VERTO offers a number of community programs that focus on assisting and supporting disadvantaged individuals with their search for employment and managing daily life issues.
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Indigenous Services

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Four reasons why you need to upskill

Four reasons why you need to upskill

By Jason Foster, General Manager, Apprenticeships and New Business

At some point in your career, you’re going to need to evaluate your skills. It happens to us all, whether you’ve been in one career your entire working life or have hopped from job to job. 

In our work at VERTO, helping people to find the right way forward in the career path they want is core to what we do. Here’s a list of the top four reasons why we think you need to examine up-skilling as an option.  

It’s a rapidly changing world out there

We live in a time when the world around us is changing. As we move even further into the digital age, technology change is driving a massive shift in the way work. This is only going to change further as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR) and other similar technologies take hold. The first line of defence for your career is ensuring that you are ready for this and are taking steps to plan for how your career will be impacted. 

My first tip is to look at how you can upskill to take advantage of this trend. For example, with technology now delivering data to our fingertips how can you upskill yourself to better operate in this type of environment? This is especially important for older workers, where the adjustment to technology can be a tougher task. It’s the reason why programs such as Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers exist: to help you find the right career option at a time when change is rapid. 

Losing your job

It’s the most dramatic reason but that doesn’t remove the fact that this can happen at any time. Whether it’s redundancy or a whole career ceasing to exist, losing your job can be a very difficult pill to swallow.

Options exist to help you find your feet again. Programs such as Career Transition Assistance or the Skills Checkpoint program referenced earlier can help you make the switch to a new career or role a much easier change. 

Certification for the win

Like it or not, holding a certification in this highly competitive jobs market can make the difference in so many industries between being selected for an interview and being simply overlooked.

Employers are looking for candidates that have a recognised, tested skill set that they can bring into their business. It’s a something that you can easily check off by ensuring that you have taken the necessary steps to upskill yourself. A good example is in motor mechanics, where the role has changed so rapidly in the past 10 years that the need to retrain is paramount.

Better qualifications equals more opportunity

Following on from the above point, updating your skill set provides more opportunities not only by providing you with certification, but also by growing the opportunities you can apply for. 

For example, gaining new skills can help you to transition into an entirely new career path, one that you may previously have overlooked or may not have known existed. There’s a known skills shortage in Australia, meaning that up skilling can provide huge benefits both for yourself and the economy. For example, we have a huge shortage in commercial chefs, meaning that if you’re prepared to shift careers, you can be almost assured of finding a role. 

VERTO has a range of options available to help you find the right way forward. There are services and programs out there that can take some of the stress out of the situation, help you explore your options, and get you quickly on the path to your next job. Contact our team at VERTO to find out more about our programs and how we can help you.

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VERTO job seekers a "credit to Cowra"

Four Cowra jobseekers have donned the fluro work gear after gaining employment through VERTO. 

Nicholas Higgins, Baylie Trudget, Thomas Percy and Trevor Wickey all started employment with Workcontrol in the Central West last week. 

Nicholas is a 25 year old Indigenous job seeker who worked in aged care until recently.

Nick wanted a career change, so VERTO enrolled him in traffic control training and he is now employed by Workcontrol.

Baylie, 19 and Thomas, 23, were keen to get into the workforce and are now valued members of Workcontrol. 

Trevor is a 23 year old Indigenous job seeker who like Nicholas, was wanting a career change and was interested in working in traffic control.

They completed Work Zone Traffic Control training over two days through VERTO Western College earlier this month.

In order to complete the training, VERTO provided the job seekers with Personal Protective Equipment (i.e. work boots, reflective high-vis shirts, long pants, hats and CBS radios) via the Australian Government's Employment Fund.

VERTO's Team Leader in Cowra, Annie Crasti, said she was very proud of the job seekers.

"The VERTO Cowra team is so proud of the dedication and commitment shown by Nicholas, Baylie, Thomas and Trevor to complete their training and find employment," Mrs Crasti said.

"These fine young men are a credit to their families and the Cowra region, and should be regarded as role models for other young men in the community."


As published in the Cowra Guardian, March 31 2019 - 4:00PM

VERTO Welcomes Federal Government’s Commitment to Apprenticeships and Training

VERTO Welcomes Federal Government’s Commitment to Apprenticeships and Training

April 3, 2019

VERTO chief executive, Ron Maxwell, today welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment to apprenticeships and training in the 2019-2020 Federal Budget.

Mr. Maxwell said as an Apprenticeship Network Provider in New South Wales, VERTO has been calling for a renewed investment into the vocational education and training sector (VET), and stimulus measures to boost dwindling apprenticeship numbers.

“We welcome the Federal Government’s $525 million skills package to reform the VET sector, which includes doubling incentive payments for employers to $8,000 per apprenticeship placement and a new $2,000 incentive payment for apprentices Mr. Maxwell said. 

“I also congratulate the Federal Government on their target to create up to 80,000 new apprenticeships in industries with skills shortages.”

Mr. Maxwell said he was also pleased to see a $132.4 million investment over four years to build an enhanced approach to skills development by establishing a National Skills Commission and National Careers Institute to drive long-term reforms in the VET sector.

“I welcome the Federal Government’s strategic approach to reforming the VET sector through the creation of these two important entities.”

Mr. Maxwell also welcomed the Federal Government’s significant program of reform of the employment services sector as announced by the Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations, the Hon. Kelly O’Dwyer MP, on 20 March, 2019.

“I look forward to seeing more detail of the Government’s digital transformation plan for the jobactive program over the coming months,” Mr. Maxwell said.

What to do when you are made redundant

What to do when you are made redundant

By Jason Foster - General Manager, Apprenticeships and New Business

Being made redundant can be a tough time for anyone, and it can leave you at a loss as to what to do next. It can be particularly harder for older people and those who have been made redundant because their industry or occupation is in decline. When you have enjoyed a long career in the same industry, and even sometimes the same employer, finding yourself on the end of a redundancy can feel devastating.

Unfortunately, with our workplaces changing so rapidly, redundancies are becoming more common. A global report found that Australia has a fairly high redundancy rate compared with other developed nations, but the good news is that the same report also found that 70 per cent of those made redundant found new employment in a relatively short period of time. 

At VERTO, we see people who have been made redundant regularly, and work with them to provide access to the right training and support to get them back into the workforce. And when it comes to returning to the workforce, there are a number of options that can be explored, from building new skills to retraining for a new career. 

Building transferable skills  

For many, the key to finding their next role is simply about building the skills that people need to succeed in all types of workplaces and roles. For many older Australians, this can centre around digital skills and technology such as building confidence in using devices like tablets and smartphones, or platforms like social media. 

Gaining qualifications in existing occupation or industry

For some, the best course of action is to gain formal qualifications in the industry they already work in. With the rapid pace of technology, jobs and industries are changing quickly, and more and more employers like to see up-to-date qualifications. Being competency-based, a VET qualification is a great way to show a prospective employer that you have the practical skills to do the job. 

Exploring a whole new career path 

With skills shortages in many occupations and industries, we are seeing a growth in mature-age apprentices. While this can mean adjusting to a reduced pay packet during training, for many it has led to a long-term, rewarding career in a new space. In some areas, such as Commercial Cookery, the demand for workers far outstrips supply, so in these industries there are many job opportunities and retraining can be a good option. 

In recent years, the Australian Government has funded a number of programs that are designed to support people who have lost their jobs to find their feet. VERTO delivers a number of these programs across Australia, and one that is well-suited to many people who have been made redundant is the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers program. 

The Skills Checkpoint program is designed for Australians who are aged forty-five to 70 and have recently become unemployed or are at risk of doing so. One of the key benefits of the program, in my mind, is that it provides you with a personalised career assessment, which looks at your options and works with you to choose the best pathway. The program will also help you to determine what training you need to get there and access funding to complete it. 

Even if you are not eligible for Skills Checkpoint, VERTO offers a number of other programs and employment services that can help you explore your options and take the next step. 

Although redundancy can feel like an ending, it can also be the beginning of a new chapter. There are services and programs out there that can take some of the stress out of the situation, help you explore your options, and get you quickly on the path to your next job. Contact our team at VERTO to find out more about our programs and how we can help you.

What our
clients say . . .

  • "Our local VERTO group of consultants have been in the business for many years now and have a very strong knowledge of the requirements of our apprentices and trainees. The team are always available to answer any questions that may arise, making their customer service excellent. It is with their commitment and dedication that we as a large company are able to achieve an above average completion rate for our apprentices and trainees."

    Mark Smith, Director - Masterfoods
  • "VERTO’s highly professional and dedicated Careergate™ team have been immensely conducive to our Post School Options Program. We were fortunate to have them as Guest Speakers at a work readiness program preparing students for the world of work. VERTO have gone above and beyond their commitment to our students, delivering information about apprenticeships and traineeships, and helping develop their knowledge about the job seeking cycle."

    Suza Puljic, Specialist Teacher Student Services - Catholic Education Diocese
  • "THE VERTO team are fantastic and we appreciate their expertise and support. They always go the extra mile in everything they do…. nothing is ever too much trouble."

    Samantha Palise, Pathways Program Manager - Mid Coast Connect
  • "VERTO provide great advice and support throughout the entire recruitment process, from assisting with the position description and advertising, receiving applications, to providing office space for interviews. Friendly professionalism, courtesy and prompt responses all added to a positive result – which our organisation greatly appreciates."

    Jenny Bell, Manager - Cowra Tourism Corporation
  • "VERTO care about my wellbeing and helped me find a great job! I now work outdoors with a friendly bunch of people, for a local employer that treats employees with compassion and understanding. I’m now looking forward to a long term future in the workforce."

    Liam McFarlane - Former Job Seeker
  • "The disability employment services team are very caring. They take time with me and for me and are very understanding. They go above and beyond to help me in all aspects, not just employment."

    Stephen - DES Client
  • "VERTO has been very flexible and helpful with my training needs. The consultants and Trainers have been fantastic and there is always someone around to help me when I need support."

    Natasha Kauri - Learner
  • "VERTO responded professionally and efficiently to all requests for help. I cannot thank the organisation enough for their positive and professional manner."

    Rachael Jefferson-Buchanan - Tenancy Client
  • "Our VERTO consultant provides exceptional customer service, expertly handling all our traineeship needs and being available whenever we need information or advice."

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