Lithgow City Council, supported by Skillset Bathurst, continues to support the development of trade skills through local apprenticeships.
Lithgow resident and Council employee Lawrence Orford recently completed his Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology.
"Lawrence has been with Council for three years and having spoken with his workmates, is an extremely valuable and hardworking employee," Lithgow mayor Cr Ray Thompson said.
"I commend Lawrence for his success at Council and encourage those considering a local trade to make the jump - you won't regret it."
Cr Thompson said throughout the Central West many organisations were facing difficulties in attracting and retaining skilled labour, and it was local government areas that suffered the most.
"Approximately 90 per cent of apprentices stay in their place of work after completing their trade qualification.
"The greater Lithgow area is faced with transitions from mining and encouraging the growth and development of young apprentices in a variety of specialisations to support future generations in becoming self-sufficient and successful members of our local community," he said.
While Council offers apprenticeship opportunities from time to time, many local organisations do the same, Cr Thompson said.
"Our local TAFE NSW branch offers trades in engineering as well as welfare services such as education, aged care and community assistance.
"It's never too late to take the next step and further your skills and education," he said.
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