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WRI has completed numerous projects over the almost 20 years we have been around looking at the value traineeships and apprenticeships create in the communities of regional NSW. WRI is proud to announce that we are increasing our own contribution through hosting a business services trainee in collaboration with Skillset.


In October 2018 Heather Waters joined our team. Heather brings a strong background in customer services and is undertaking a Certificate III in business services as part of her traineeship.

Skillset have recently launched their annual jobs campaign, SkillForce 360. The campaign aims to engage 360 people across the region into education and employment by 31 March 2019.

Skillset Workforce Senior Manager Jane McWilliam says the campaign is focused on fostering the prosperity of regional communities. “SkillForce360 will generate a higher number of employment opportunities in regional NSW, support skills development, address skills gaps and develop job ready people who are an ideal match for the roles they are applying for.”

Traineeships and apprenticeships not only create value for the employees, employers and host organisations through increasing capacity and skills, they also create value in our regional economies.

The presence of skilled workers in a region contributes to higher wages and lower unemployment rates and provides an educated workforce. Ultimately, this contribution is an important catalyst for growth, economic activity and wellbeing in regional areas.

WRI’s CEO Kathy Woolley says “WRI is focused on how regions need to retain skills and staff to remain viable. When people leave regional areas the flow on impacts can really hurt towns. Skills of locals, services and business diversity is essential for making regional areas attractive places to live and to relocate to.”

WRI has expertise in measuring the value created by trainees, apprentices and other graduates looking at both their public and private human capital contribution. This measure is used widely by organisations seeking to understand and promote their complete contribution to their local, regional and state economies.

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