VERTO is a community owned not for profit organisation

Ron Maxwell

Ron Maxwell

B.Bus (Econ), Grad Cert. Innov Edu & T, GAICD

Chief Executive Officer

Ron Maxwell started with VERTO in 2014 as the Chief Executive Officer. Ron holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics) and has 20 years’ experience in the commercial sector. Ron has served on various boards and is currently Deputy Chair at the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA). He also serves as Director for the National Employment Services Association (NESA) and is the President of the National Australian Apprenticeships Association (NAAA). Ron is a member of the New South Wales Skills Board Reference Group as well as the New South Wales Smart and Skilled Reference Group.

Previously, Ron served as Chief Executive Officer of Western College, a regional training provider based in Dubbo, New South Wales. During his time as Chief Executive Officer, Ron reshaped the college to become a recognised and award winning organisation. Amongst some of his accomplishments, Ron was responsible for establishing the Australian Technical College in Central West New South Wales. He formerly served as a member of the ACPET National VET Committee and is a former Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President and Austen Brown Boog Solicitors advisory board member. 

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Alyssa Bennett

Alyssa Bennett

B. Bus (HRM/Marketing), Grad Cert. Bus Admin

Chief Operating Officer

Alyssa has over 20 years’ experience in the employment services sector and well over a decade of experience as a Senior Manager. Alyssa values an ethical and transparent approach; whilst remaining commercially focussed and driven to achieve the best possible outcomes for individuals in the communities in which we operate. Alyssa’s previous experience has included roles specialising in Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Labour Hire, Disability Employment Services (DES) and Employment Services. Her previous roles have also afforded her the opportunity to travel abroad to provide staff training and consultation services in the UK and Timor Leste, along with involvement in software development and implementation and change management.

Alyssa joined VERTO in 2018 to oversee the Employment Services portfolio for the organisation, which included DES, ParentsNext, Career Transition Assistance (CTA) and the New Careers for Aboriginal People (NCAP) Program. In early 2020, Alyssa was promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer which assumes responsibility for Training Services, Community Services and Employment Services.

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Diana Mudford

Diana Mudford

 B. Bus (Acc), CPA, JP

Chief Financial Officer

Diana joined VERTO in 2003 and has worked in a variety of roles including Business Services Coordinator before moving into a Finance Management role within the organisation. Diana is a qualified accountant and CPA who holds a Bachelor of Business (in Accounting and Business Management). She has 20 years’ experience working in a variety of finance related roles in small to medium sized businesses including three years working as a Field Advisor for the Australian Taxation Office supporting small business. 

Diana also holds a Diploma of Training and Assessment and has 13 years’ experience working in the training industry, including teaching Accounting at TAFE. Diana is responsible for all finance, payroll and fleet. 

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Gemma Gelling

Gemma Gelling

B.Arts (Media and Comms), LLB

Chief Communications Officer

Gemma is a communications and stakeholder management specialist who has worked in both the public and private sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has worked in corporate communications, community relations and stakeholder management roles across a range of industries including aviation, construction, politics, property development and transport. Her experience includes working for major domestic and international organisations such as Transport for London, Qantas and Westfield.  

Gemma joined VERTO in 2014 as Communications Manager before becoming the Senior Manager, Communications and Business Development in 2017, and Chief Communications Officer in 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) and a Bachelor of Laws. 

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Jason Foster

Jason Foster

General Manager, Apprenticeships and New Business

Jason has been in the employment services industry for 25 years having started in the field with the Commonwealth Employment Service in 1993. In 1986, Jason was part of a group that were the very first trainees in Australia working for the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS).

Jason was the State Business Manager for NSW/ACT with Mission Australia before starting with VERTO in 2012 as an Apprenticeships Consultant. Jason has been the Manager, Australian Apprenticeships Centre since 2013 and holds a Certificate IV in Workplace Leadership.

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Ryan Priest

Ryan Priest

Chief Information Officer

Ryan is an innovation-driven technology professional with a wealth of experience in spearheading large-scale IT projects and implementing cutting-edge solutions across various industry sectors. Adept at process improvement and leveraging emerging technologies to optimize performance across business units, ultimately driving operational success. Passionate about AI technology, cybersecurity, edge computing, and cloud services.

Ryan brings experience in implementation, board-level reporting, consulting, management, and forging strategic partnerships.

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Employment Services

Employment Services

At VERTO, we offer a range of employment services designed to help both individuals and businesses find the right opportunities.
Community Services

Community Services

VERTO’s Community Services programs provide free, practical assistance on a range of services for selected regional communities.
Traineeships

Traineeships

VERTO offers over 20 qualifications through Traineeships, providing a great opportunity to start or advance your career.
Training

Training

Whether you are unemployed and wanting to secure a job or looking to formalise your skills through study, VERTO has a course for you.

 

 

VERTO Celebrates 40 Years

This October, VERTO is celebrating 40 years of supporting people in NSW through quality education, employment, apprenticeship, and community services.

According to VERTO CEO, Ron Maxwell, VERTO has grown from humble beginnings as a small evening college in Bathurst to a national organisation employing more than 500 staff and servicing thousands of clients every year.

Founded in 1983 as the Central West Regional Evening College and in 2012, rebranded as VERTO Limited – with VERTO being Latin for ‘transform’.

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Why choose Verto

VERTO is a 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.

You'll find the team in over 65 locations New South Wales.

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Employment Services

Finding work is an enormous part of life. At VERTO, we offer a range of employment services designed to help both individuals and businesses find the right opportunities. Our team can provide support and guidance across a range of government-funded programs, all designed to make finding the right job or employee a much-improved process.

These services are FREE to individuals and businesses, supported by the Australian Government. 

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Popular Short Courses & Qualifications

    New Energy Apprenticeships Mentoring Program

    VERTO is a trusted provider of the New Energy Apprenticeships Mentoring program across Australia.

    The Mentoring Program is intended to maximise retention of New Energy Apprentices by building strong linkages between new entrants to the Clean Energy sector and skilled workers and businesses already operating in the sector.

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    Latest News & Blogs

      Training Services

      At VERTO, our goal is to provide the training and skills development that will prepare you for the future. We offer a range of training courses that cover numerous skills and qualifications.

      Join our Team

      At VERTO, our goal is to provide the training and skills development that will prepare you for the future. We offer a range of training courses that cover numerous skills and qualifications.

      Coonabarabran Colour Run

      Our VERTO (Australia) team had an amazing time organizing the 'Family Fun Day' in collaboration with the Coonabarabran Local Aboriginal Land Council! It was a day filled with non-stop excitement – from the vibrant colour run to fantastic face painting. Plus, the delicious barbecue added the perfect flavour to the day!

      What our customers say

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        Erica K

        Alyssa is an exceptional case worker with an outstanding ability to listen and understand what's needed to resolve difficulties and promote inner strength. She makes you feel valued and important, challenging any negative beliefs you may have about yourself. Alyssa has a gift for analysing a person's nature and directing their strengths in the most beneficial direction.
        Her guidance has given me purpose and the incentive to strive in life as a renewed person. The continued well- being check-ins assure me that I'm safe and not alone on this journey. Her kindness is healing, and I am forever grateful for her commitment to my path.

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        Martin Lartigau

        Those guys are literally legends, very helpful. They helped me settle back up here, find a good job, and went out of their way to ensure I had the right equipment for work. If you're willing to work and need help, I highly recommend them. A big thanks to miles in particular for his follow-up and help.

        Martin Lartigau
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        Tina Baker

        Nathaniel from VERTO Wagga Wagga was very helpful and supportive in helping make my dream a reality. He is very knowledgeable and has so much patience. I cannot thank him enough for his help and guidance. Terima Kasih 🙏🏻

        Tina Baker
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        Brian Edwards

        I attended the Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities session in Bathurst today, and it was incredible. This program has truly changed my life. I had low expectations, but I received so much more. I can’t wait to go home and share the news with my kids.

        Brian Edwards
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        Brittany Edwards

        I have never had a job, I went to VERTO and Kirstie referred me to Anthony who set up an interview. They took me to the interview and got me the job. They helped me get a tax file number and a Super account, they helped me fill out all the forms. My family is so proud of me and VERTO have been amazing. Thank you everyone at the Orange team.

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        Gemma McGowan

        My consultants have been incredibly helpful and supportive, and it was such a relief being with VERTO compared to other employment providers. I felt so much acceptance and compassion towards my personal situation, which made me feel a lot better and less anxious. Thank you Rai and Shaylene at VERTO Murwillumbah, you guys rock!!

        Gemma McGowan
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        Sharon Wilson-Webster

        Kerrie has been an incredible and constructive support, personally and practically. She has offered me opportunities to develop my skills and knowledge and guided me towards the right job opportunities which best suit to my strengths and interests. She is very knowledgeable and friendly, always willing to go above and beyond to help.

        Sharon Wilson-Webster
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        Brad Stuart

        Lauren Waite is my job placement representative in Nelson Bay. She has always listened to my work-related circumstances without any judgment. I find her very accommodating with personal concerns regarding my work situation. My experience so far working with Lauren has been very open and honest, and I value her assistance.

        Brad Stuart
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        Frank Oates

        My name is Frank and from the first day I walked into VERTO's office in Broken Hill, my experience has been nothing short of amazing. My consultant Merridy has been incredibly supportive and understanding in meeting my cultural needs, and I see her as a true living angel. The assistance she provided me was of the utmost professionalism.

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        Nadine McEwan

        I have had the pleasure of dealing with Abraham Ghossain for the past 3 years now and have to say he is the best at VERTO. Super responsive and always goes above and beyond the get the job done. He is extremely knowledgeable within his field and very professional. Looking forward to continuing to work with you in the future.

        Nadine McEwan
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        Troy McVerry

        Outstanding! VERTO has distinguished itself with their assistance in getting me employment. I have only been with VERTO about a month and now I have a very lucrative job. VERTO’s consultant Honeylyn has willingly assisted me every time I have sought assistance.

        Troy McVerry

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