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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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Back to basics: Are we failing our youth on education? 

Back to basics: Are we failing our youth on education? 

Ron Maxwell - CEO

I've written many times about the need for overhaul in our education sector. There are many reasons why and I’ve often argued that education reform needs to be a priority at both State and Federal government levels.

What’s troubled me recently is the apparent lack of focus on the ‘basics’ i.e. the focus on core skills that will enable our school leavers to be successful, both in the next stage of their education journey and in the workforce. It led me to the question: Are we failing the next generation when it comes to their future employment? 

Education is crucial  

We all know the value of a good education. What’s troubling is the apparent lowering of Australia’s results in areas such as maths and English. While the education curriculum needs to be broad to cover all the skills and talents our future workforce needs, there’s no doubt that the ‘core’ skills sets need to be a major focus. 

It’s something I often hear lamented amongst the business community: That young Australians lack some of those core skills required to be successful in the workforce. That is something that should worry us all. 

The reality is that we are now part of a global workforce and our children will be competing for employment opportunities not just in a local or even Australian based market. The knock-on effect of our youth emerging from the education system without strong fundamental skills means that businesses will need to find skills elsewhere, something I as a parent do not want to see. It leaves us open to a growing cohort of disadvantage, with a growing group of young Australians finding it hard to find employment. 

This competition for employment means that those without strong fundamental skills can be left behind. In the VET sector we often see this and run courses to help bridge the gap; but is that the only answer?

Rapid change reduces our time to adapt

Another factor is the speed of change we’re seeing in all industries today. Technology is disrupting many sectors and the speed of that disruption is new. In the past the time to adapt to changes in the labour market were such that you could transition a workforce over time. Those timeframes have been eroded, meaning that adaptability is a core skill our youth needs.

That focus on being resilient to change is a core skill for employment. There’s a need in our school system to recognise that and help prepare school leavers for a future where not just multiple jobs, but multiple careers will be a reality. As parents, we have a role too in ensuring that our children embrace adaptability and are resilient enough to know that there will be a need to constantly update and reassess their skills throughout their careers.

How do we change?

For me, there are a number of areas we could concentrate on now to help alleviate the challenge.

While funding and the right policies always have a role to play, an overarching review of our education sector is crucial. It’s not just a ’get back to basics’ discussion. While that needs to be part of it, and rightly so, there also needs to be a focus on how we educate our school leavers better to access career opportunities. For example, I cannot understand why we don’t consult employers as a part of this process. They could easily have a voice in helping government understand the core skills our graduates are lacking. For me, that has to be part of the solution. 

Secondly, we need to keep working on the balance between university and VET. For too long VET has been seen as the poor cousin and we need to educate our school leavers on the advantages of careers in this space. These careers need those fundamental skills as well, so it’s a win-win for all levels of tertiary education if we work together to better prepare school leavers for those next steps

And finally, everyone in the community has a role to play, especially those of us who are parents. Talk to your kids about their future, help them build those core resilience and adaptability traits I mentioned above. On a personal level, it’s something that I have discussed with my children, in particular my son who is currently completing tertiary education. We openly discuss that technology is a disrupter and how he can best prepare himself for the future workforce. In a way, it helps in rationalising change and understanding that it’s ok to embrace it. My hope is that it helps him to find the right career option.

 

VERTO services come full circle for Wisam

VERTO services come full circle for Wisam

Wisam approached VERTO back in 2016 after two previous unsuccessful attempts at completing an apprenticeship. Knowing that keeping on top of his studies was crucial to being successful, Wisam contacted the VERTO Sydney team to help him back on the road to finding his passion.

With VERTO’s support, Wisam found an employer that used a 1-on-1-style approach, which worked best for him. His hard work and determination led him to become a fully qualified tradesman.

Fast-forward 7-months and his VERTO consultant Steve received a phone call from Wisam who had just established his own business, Kings Electrical Group. Steve and the team were excited to see the progress Wisam had made in such a short space of time and his desire to help out a jobseeker.

“I was surprised when he called me a couple weeks ago and said ‘Steve, I have my own company now, I want an apprentice to join me’,” Steve explained. Wisam has recently signed-up Ahmed to join him as an apprentice. Wisam and Steve have both spoken to Ahmed about the importance of TAFE, keeping on top of his studies and logging work during his apprenticeship.

“I made sure when Ahmed started with me that he was to be logging his work for TAFE on a weekly basis for me to sign off on,” Wisam said, “I wish someone had done that for me when I first started.”

Wisam places great importance on his new apprentice learning from the mistakes he made in his employment journey and is keen to see Ahmed, with VERTO’s support, succeed in finishing his apprenticeship.

Why you should consider a career in agrifoods

Why you should consider a career in agrifoods

By Ron Maxwell - CEO

The Australian agrifoods industry, which encompasses food production, processing, and logistics, (essentially every step from paddock to plate), is worth $200 billion and employs around 900,000 Australians. And this number is only set to grow, as the Agrifoods Industry Skills Council works with the federal government to create 600,000 new training placements across the industry. 

Unlike many of our other large-scale employers, agrifood operations aren’t typically centred in major cities – they are right here, in our regions. With many regional areas experiencing higher unemployment rates than our cities, it may be surprising to note that there are skills shortages across this growing industry. 

In Central West New South Wales alone, we have a number of large-scale producers and processors, including Moxey Farms, the largest single-site dairy farm in the Southern Hemisphere and Cowra Meat Processors, which employs around 200 people. Many of these job opportunities are given to transient workers, like backpackers and even 'grey nomads', because it's increasingly difficult to source local workers.  

With so many jobs available across the country in our regional and remote areas, the agrifoods sector is well place to respond to the challenges of regional population decline – if we can encourage more people to take a look at the opportunities.

Whether you are just starting out in your career, looking for a new challenge, or transitioning to a new career, now might be the time to consider a career in our growing agrifoods sector. 

It's a diverse industry 

Some of this, in my opinion, relates to the misconception that all of the jobs are menial. While it's true that you do need a level of physical strength and a strong stomach to work in the boning room of an abattoir, for example, there are many jobs that require different skills, including maths, science, and computing. 

Like every industry, automation, robotics and technology are playing their part in agrifoods too. So much so, that it has given rise to a sub-industry, called Agtech. As the production lines in our food processing plants become increasingly automated, there are opportunities for technicians and engineers.  On our farms, growing crops and raising cattle and sheep have become just as much about the science as the labour, with a whole host of jobs focused on making the process more efficient and more environmentally friendly

The mix of skilled and unskilled employment demand in the industry makes it a great opportunity for lots of different types of people. There are opportunities for those with qualifications and a higher level of education, as well as for those looking to get a start or forge a new career.

Meat processing offers an opportunity

For some, meat processing qualifications can be a great way to get involved in a regional industry. Across Australia, there are skills shortages in the industry, and we are seeing a decline in the number of people undertaking these qualifications. This is leading to a significant increase in job opportunities and potentially even wage growth, as demands outstrips supply.

Working in a meat processing plant is not going to suit everyone. It can involve heavy lifting, and of course, it involves working with animal carcases, something that is not for everyone. If you do have the fortitude to work in this environment, it can be a great place for those without higher education to get a start in a career that can lead to stable employment and a good salary, with an average salary of $1202 per week.  

Powered by sustainability 

With the current concerns about environmental issues and global population growth, sustainable food production is a hot topic and a trend that is bringing a host of new job opportunities. Biodynamic and sustainable farming practices are offering new opportunities to join the agrifoods industry while helping Australia become greener. We are even seeing an increase in the production of meat alternatives, an industry that is predicted to employ more 6,000 full-time workers by 2030.

We will always need to produce food for both local and exports markets, so it's an industry that will continue to grow. There are numerous vocational qualifications that can enable you to find employment in this booming industry. If you are interested in finding out more about these opportunities, I encourage you to contact our Training Services team on 1300 4 VERTO. 

 

Thinking about a career? Here are three reasons why you should look at an apprenticeship

Thinking about a career? Here are three reasons why you should look at an apprenticeship

By Jason Foster - General Manager Apprenticeships and New Business

Picking the right career is a big decision. When you’re in your final years at school, the options can seem endless; one of the huge benefits of today’s technology-driven, fast-paced world. With so many options, however, comes the pressure to pick the right one. 

Often the pressure comes to choose a certain path, such as a university degree. There’s been plenty written about the perceived university ‘bias’ in our education system, and that, in itself, can put pressure on students to make a decision that leads down this path.

Apprenticeships have sometimes been seen as the poor cousin to university, however, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. With the skills shortage facing us, apprenticeships are absolutely crucial to a solution. And given that scenario, it can often mean better opportunities and wage conditions as well!

Given our work with apprentices and the employers that employ them, we see this on a daily basis. Being an apprentice provides you with so many opportunities and, as a career option, is second to none. Here are my top three reasons why you should consider an apprenticeship:

1. A lifetime of opportunities

Completing an apprenticeship gives you a formal qualification and a career path for life. Regardless of which apprenticeship you choose, the ability to build a career across a trade or specific occupation is something that is not always available on other paths. 

It provides you with a formal qualification, with study forming a part of your working life. These qualifications are recognised nationally and internationally, opening up a huge range of possibilities. It’s also worth noting that many trades and occupations where apprenticeships are available are not tied to our major cities, giving you a range of lifestyle options. As your qualifications are internationally recognised, you can still use your skills if you’re looking to do a stint living overseas too. 

If you do decide to change paths later in your career, it's something you can always fall back on if required. For example, if you qualify as an electrician that skillset stays with you, even you decide to try your hand at something else. It’s something you can always return to and find employment opportunities.

2. There’s a skills shortage…we need you! 

As mentioned above, Australia is in the grip of a skills shortage and it’s getting worse. It’s a fact that 9 out of 10 occupations that face a skills shortage require a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. It’s vital to our country's economic future, and in some industries, their viability long term, that we address this shortage. 

The upshot of a skills shortage means that there’s a huge demand. That demand means that wage growth in a number of these industries is strong, giving you great future employment and earning potential. Many trades and VET occupations also give you the opportunity to run your own business, something that is quite unique. 

3. You’re part of a community 

While it may not be the most obvious point, something I’ve always found rewarding in this space is the community that exists in many of these industries.

By completing a VET qualification, you’re often joining a community that provides huge opportunities. The networking and friendship opportunities are fantastic and become a really attractive part of working in these industries. These bonds often extend for the life of your working career.

In the end, there are so many positives to a VET career path that it really pays to take a look. At VERTO, we provide many opportunities to test the water, from our online CareerGate tool to our “Meet the Tradies” open days. If you would like to see what a VET career could do for you, contact us to discuss your specific options

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  • "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."

    Kay Dhami, Managing Director - My Kindy Early Learning Centres
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