Scot MacDonald
10th Aug 2018

Alex Tesoriero wanted to turn his passion for mechanics into a trade after doing a pre-apprenticeship course in high school.


Thanks to the NSW Government’s $65 million Smart Skilled and Hired Youth Employment program the 19-year-old from the Central Coast is now on track to realise his ambition through a light vehicle apprenticeship with Central Coast Holden.


Liberal Upper House MP and Parliamentary Secretary for Hunter and the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald said the Smart and Skilled program had helped 312 young people in the region find jobs in nine months.


“The program provides 15 to 24 year olds with training, mentoring, work experience and other support that builds their skills and experience,” Mr MacDonald said.


“We’re delighted that it’s assisting young Central Coast people like Alex to tap into their potential and make their career dreams come true.


“Alex finished school in 2016 and was keen to secure an apprenticeship with one of the big players in the automotive trade and now he has managed to do just that with the support he was given by this great program.”


Alex was full of praise for the case workers at APM; one of two providers of the Smart Skilled and Hired Youth Employment Program in the region.


“They understand the issues around getting into the workforce,” Alex said.


“They get what’s happening to you when you’re hunting for a job and they adapt things to your individual situation. In my case, I wanted to work for a known automotive business – one that’s up-to-date and current with training and work practices and technology.”


Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said the Smart Skilled and Hired Youth Employment Program called on local employers and organisations to help connect young people with training, support and jobs, with Local Advisory Committees (LAC) building participation of industry and business.


“We all know that having the right skills leads to jobs and we know a job is one of the best ways to boost someone’s sense of self-worth and empowerment.


“This program is achieving some great successes with 1,409 young people so far finding lasting jobs in four youth unemployment hotspots – the Central Coast/Hunter, Western Sydney, New England/North West and the North Coast,” he said.


For further information on the program go to Youth Employment Program