NSW government to pilot careers service

By Shannon Jenkins

Wednesday March 17, 2021

Careers NSW will allow people to be guided by the experiences of workers ingrained in the industries they are looking to enter
Careers NSW will allow people to be guided by the experiences of workers in the industries they seek to enter. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

Service NSW will soon begin trialling an initiative that connects people to tailored career advice regardless of their job, experience or education, the state government announced on Wednesday.

The establishment of the new service, Careers NSW, has been recommended in the soon-to-be-released review of the NSW vocational education and training sector, led by David Gonski and Professor Peter Shergold.

The initiative aims to benefit NSW residents at any stage of their worklife, whether they are students, graduates or adults.

Service NSW will begin an online pilot of Careers NSW this year, with a full rollout expected in mid-2022.

The agency said the initiative would provide a “wrap-around service” to connect people to accessible and quality career guidance, and to advise them on educational pathways and qualifications that match people to the skills they need to be employed faster.


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Careers NSW would help the workforce adapt following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

“The pandemic has forced us to reflect on the workforce and it has never been more crucial for people across NSW to access quality advice to make informed decisions about their professional future,” she said in a statement.

“Careers NSW will allow people to be guided by the experiences of workers ingrained in the industries they are looking to enter.”

The state government is engaging highly-qualified volunteers from major and emerging industries to provide career advice in areas including advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity and construction.

Stakeholder consultation will be conducted as part of the delivery of Careers NSW.

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