Training initiative assisting disadvantaged jobseekers


Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions (MWLFS) together with Hunter Valley Training Company (HVTC) have created a joint initiative assisting jobseekers with a disability or disadvantage to enter the workforce.


Funded by the NSW Department of Industry, the initiative is aimed at reducing the unemployment rate in the community. 

The hands-on training course commenced on the 7th December, 2015 and runs for four weeks. The course provides a part-qualification skill set focusing on basic construction and engineering skills to assist jobseekers to gain entry-level roles in manufacturing and engineering industries. 

Michael Murray, Training Manager at HVTC, is pleased to be able to offer disadvantaged jobseekers this opportunity. 

“This has been a great opportunity for specific training, with a 6:1 ratio in the workshop allowing for specialised support”, said Michael. 

There are currently six jobseekers participating in the training with HVTC. Once the training is complete, MWLFS will assist with finding industry-based work experience so jobseekers can refine their skills and increase their employability. 

“This is the first time we have had a program like this with HVTC and we are delighted to be able to partner with such a wonderful organisation and pillar of this community providing training, development and employment opportunities for our region”, Kyllie Tegg, Mai-Wel Service Area Manager Employment Services.   


Pictured: Kevin Welton (HVTC) with course participants James Fuller, Mitchell Potts and Thomas Parker. 

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