What resources are available to address the skills shortage?


These are very different times.  Businesses are still facing a shortage of skilled workers in the face of record low unemployment and a bolstered migration programme.

In the face of this, there may be alternative ways available to find staff. Our webinar will guide you in how to take advantage of different means. Join our panel of guest speakers: 

  • Neil Bessant, Senior Project Officer, Regional Industry Education Partnerships at Training Services NSW (RIEP)
  • Mary Hawkins - Director Employment  at Market Innovation and Employment Branch 
  • Peter Gilchrist - Executive Director, Australian Apprenticeships and Support Centre
  • Facilitator: Charlene Vaughan - Program Manager, Skillsroad


In this webinar the panel will share tips on:

  • NSW Government programs available to connect businesses with schools and school leavers
  • The Support available to businesses when employing people with a disability
  • Resources offered by Business NSW organisation Skillsroad, including jobs boards.

You can download the Presentation that was used in this event HERE

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Neil Bessant

Senior Project Officer | Regional Industry Education Partnerships at Training Services NSW (RIEP)

RIEP officers work across NSW to connect High Schools with employers to showcase opportunities, careers, and pathways into employment. He previously worked in the world of media for 20 years and draws on his industry experience to assist Highschool students.

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Mary Hawkins

Director Employment at Market Innovation and Employment Branch

Mary is a qualified Rehabilitation Counsellor who has occupied senior management positions in WorkCover NSW, the Motor Accident Authority of NSW and with CRS, a large national provider of vocational rehabilitation services and has received a number or industry awards in her area of expertise.

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Peter Gilchrist

Executive Director | Apprenticeship Support Australia and Skillsroad

Peter is an accomplished senior executive with over 30 years of management experience in the employment, education, and training sector. He is passionate about the positive impact Vocational Education and Training (VET) has on individuals and the productivity improvements it makes to business.

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Charlene Vaughan

Program Manager, Skillsroad

Charlene's role within Skillsroad has been to raise awareness of alternative career pathways within the VET Sector as well as provide meaningful and informative career consultations with all jobseekers using the Skillsroad online platform.

The statements, analysis, opinions and conclusions expressed in this Member Briefing presentation and any related written materials (collectively, the Briefing Materials) do not necessarily represent the views of BusinessNSW. BusinessNSW expressly disclaims any and all liability arising from or in connection with the access to, participation in, or use of the Briefing Materials by you or any other person. Any advice provided as part of the Briefing Materials is general in nature and does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or specific needs.