Not-for-profit apprenticeship provider VERTO has opened a new site to support employers and apprentices in the Batemans Bay community.

Rachael Kobold has recently been appointed as a Vocational Advisor for VERTO, and will be based in Batemans Bay and provide specialist apprenticeship services south to the Victorian border, and out west encompassing the Snowy Mountains.

Ms Kobold says she is excited to be working with trainees and apprentices, as well as the local business community, after a challenging couple of years for the area.

“Our coastal community was hit with bushfires followed by two consecutive COVID-19 lockdowns, which has seriously impacted the local tourism and hospitality industries,” she said.

"We’re really hopeful there will be a domestic tourism spike with eased regional restrictions now, and a strong rebound in the next 12 months.

“I’m looking forward to getting out into the community and helping businesses bounce back from these challenging times by finding the right employees and apprentices,” Ms Kobold said. 

VERTO’s Chief Executive Officer, Ron Maxwell, is thrilled to have Rachael onboard and servicing the Batemans Bay region.

“Local access to quality employment and apprenticeship services is important for a community at any time, but even more so as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“VERTO has a long history as a successful Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider, and we look forward to supporting apprentices, employers and job seekers in Batemans Bay,” he said

For more information about VERTO’s services in Batemans Bay and right across NSW, visit www.verto.org.au or phone 1300 4 VERTO (1300 483 786).