Not-for-profit training and employment services provider VERTO has today announced a donation of $8,000 to the Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF), supporting its vital work in helping regional youth to succeed.

The donation, which will be split evenly across the foundation’s Orange, Goulburn, West Wyalong and Cowra branches, will go towards providing laptops, learning resources and trade tools for VET students and apprentices.

“The generous support of organisations like VERTO helps us foster the further education, career and personal development opportunities of rural and regional youth. To date, CEF has helped more than 6,000 young Australians to reach their career goals by providing access to the learning and work resources they need to succeed,” Chief Executive Officer at CEF Juliet Petersen said.

“This support is also an investment in our local communities. We know for every dollar invested in our work, there is a return of almost five dollars in social value, and that can have a significant impact on a region.”

VERTO CEO Ron Maxwell said he was proud to support CEF’s mission.

“CEF’s mission aligns so well with VERTO’s goal to positively transform the lives of individuals and communities, so it’s fantastic to be able to support them with this donation,” he said.

“We know there are additional challenges for rural and regional students that can lead to education and employment gaps and have a range of impacts on entire communities. The work CEF is doing to close these gaps is vital and incredibly worthy of our support.” 

The Country Education Foundation of Australia is run by volunteers, harnessing the power

of local communities to change lives by providing further education, training and career opportunities.

To find out more about the foundation, donate or get involved, visit www.cef.org.au.