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    SoundSoul NSW Youth Week event set to go off 

    Central Coast, Australia – 22 Mar, 2024 – The Skill Engineer Ltd. and Skilled Creative are excited to announce their collaboration on SoundSoul, an event designed to empower Central Coast youth through music, art, and culture.

    Scheduled for Friday, 19th April Colongra Bay Hall, SoundSoul will feature the headline performance by Pilot Buffalo, Triple J Unearthed band from the Central Coast. This event, a part of National Youth Week, promises an afternoon of energy and excitement.

    Led by young people aged 12 to 25, SoundSoul offers more than just entertainment. Youth coordinators behind the scenes will have the unique opportunity to engage in electronic music production, recording, and mixing, all while learning from industry mentors. 

    Mike McCarthy, Director of Skilled Creative, emphasises the significance of reaching out to youth in isolated areas, providing them with access to valuable skills within the music industry.

    “This project is about giving our youth the chance to explore their talents and passions in a supportive environment,” says McCarthy. “SoundSoul is not just a concert; it’s a platform for growth and self-discovery.”

    The event, proudly drug-and-alcohol-free, will showcase a diverse lineup of talent, including Pilot Buffalo, UV Ultra Violet, and a vibrant hip-hop artist. 

    In addition to the musical performances, attendees can immerse themselves in various activities such as a drumming circle, art exhibitions, and interactive games. 

    SoundSoul is a collaborative effort supported by the Northern Lakes Neighbourhood Centre and numerous youth services, including the Central Coast Council, the Y, and Uniting, offering diverse resources and information.

    “We’re excited to be part of such a meaningful youth event that brings together music, art, and community,” expresses McCarthy. 

    SoundSoul is made possible through the generous funding provided by the NSW Government Youth Opportunities program. 

    For more information please contact Sharon Aldrick on 049302 2106 or . 

    For event info and RSVP please visit: ttps://

    Skill Engineer Ltd Seeks Host Employers

    Skill Engineer Ltd Seeks Host Employers

    Skill Engineer Ltd. Seeks Host Employers to Supercharge Future Talent

    Central Coast, 1 Mar 2024 — Work placement is not just an educational requirement; it’s a vital stepping stone for students like Emma Fortune, a driven Year 12 student from St Joseph’s Catholic College, East Gosford.

    Emma’s recent work placement at the Skill Engineer Ltd. highlights the role of industry partnerships in preparing the workforce of tomorrow. Balancing her academic pursuits with a part-time role in Hospitality, Emma’s dedication to her future career in business shines through.

    “Skill Engineer Ltd. provided a nurturing learning environment,” Emma reflects. “The hands-on experience and supportive team equipped me with valuable skills that I can carry forward into my future endeavors after school.”

    Skill Engineer Ltd., a leader in providing work placement opportunities for high school students, is on a mission to bridge the gap between education and industry. With a focus on fields like IT and business administration, the organisation is actively seeking host employers to join their initiative.

    “Hosting a student not only enriches their learning journey but also serves as a valuable resource for businesses” explains Maggie MacFie, CEO of Skill Engineer Ltd. “We’re calling on businesses across Central Coast and Northern Sydney regions to partner with us to provide students with practical experiences and advice that will benefit them in their future careers in the industry.”

    VET courses, spanning diverse sectors including IT, business services, electrotechnology, allied health, and construction, mandate work placements to equip students with industry-relevant skills and work ethics. Skill Engineer Ltd. facilitates thousands of placements annually, providing students with hands-on experiences that complement their classroom learning.

    “Business services and IT students possess a diverse range of skills that can add value to any workplace,” notes Ms. MacFie. “From managing administrative tasks to tackling IT-related challenges, these students bring enthusiasm and capability to the table.”

    Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, particularly with the shift to remote work in many industries, Skill Engineer Ltd. remains committed to providing valuable on-the-job training.

    “We encourage businesses with the capacity to host a student to step forward and shape the future workforce,” urges Skill Engineer Ltd. “Together, we can make a difference in the lives of these aspiring young professionals.”

    For businesses interested in becoming host employers, please contact Hayley Leclere at Skill Engineer Ltd. via phone at 02 4304 3031 or email at

    For media inquiries, please contact Charlotte Dickie on 0432 806 041 or

    The Skill Engineer Ltd.’s Women Weld Wonders: Empowering Diversity in the Trades

    Donna Hawkins

    Sarah Zemek, a mother of three from the Central Coast, has recently graduated from The Skill Engineer Ltd.’s Girls of Steel program with a Certificate II in Engineering. The initiative allows participants to craft bespoke metal items and combines engineering principles, welding, and theoretical skills into a dynamic program.

    Driven by her passion for welding and encouraged by her children, Sarah enrolled in the course. “My kids recognise my love for creating, and after dedicating 17 years to raising them and supporting the school community, they encouraged me to invest in myself and apply.”

    “At first, I felt overwhelmed. It had been years since I’d had any formal training, and walking into the workshop, I realised I needed to familiarise myself with a range of tools and dive into theoretical studies.”

    “Turning to Pinterest for inspiration, I began with a basic metal desk organiser to get comfortable with the tools. Before long, I was crafting everything from furniture pieces to table tops and even a holder for my dad’s tools and artefacts.”

    Tailored for women aged 17 and above aspiring to enter non-traditional trades like fitting and turning, sheet metal fabrication, welding, diesel, mechanical, or electrical fitting, the Girls of Steel program spans 40-weeks in Kariong on the Central Coast.

    Its primary objective is to tackle the skills shortage and under-representation of women in STEM fields, with a particular emphasis on creating apprenticeship opportunities. Currently, women comprise less than 15% of qualified individuals in Australia in science, technology, engineering, and math, and ongoing gender pay gaps compared to their male counterparts.

    “There is stubbornly low representation of women in apprenticeships in the STEM sector,”” says Maggie MacFie, Chief Executive Officer of the Skill Engineer Ltd. 

    “Women’s unique perspectives and creative approaches in engineering can drive innovation in STEM. Boosting female representation in the field taps into a broader talent pool, fostering inclusivity and equity in the workforce, and improving the expertise of engineering enterprises.”

    Supported by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Office for Women, the program has achieved huge success, with over 40 women graduates entering apprenticeships, full-time and part-time employment, and alternate training positions. 

    External educators such as Gimbal Training provide theoretical instruction, complemented by mentorship from an apprentice master and industry experts. The program also offers additional tickets including ForkLift and White Card.

    Metals and engineering employers further support participants, providing potential employment pathways during and after the program.

    The program also offers comprehensive pastoral care, including wellbeing support and mentoring. Ms MacFie acknowledges that participants may have family commitments and children, with some facing challenges such as unstable housing, low literacy, limited job opportunities, disabilities, and experiences with substance abuse and domestic violence.

    “Mentorship and support networks play a crucial role in empowering women in male-dominated industries. We provide mentors who offer guidance, share experiences, and assist in navigating the challenges of the industry.”

    “Additionally, we offer support networks that provide a safe space for sharing insights, resources, and opportunities. These connections offer encouragement, build confidence and enhance resilience among female participants.”

    The Girls of Steel program is set to resume in April 2024, welcoming new applicants for a Certificate II in Engineering. For further details, or to contact the Skill Engineer Ltd. visit 


    For media enquiries, please contact Charlotte Dickie at 

    The Skill Engineer Ltd. is a non-profit organisation offering programs in Victoria, New South Wales, and Western Australia. We connect individuals with employment, training, and education while partnering with service providers to overcome barriers to social inclusion. 

    Additionally, we promote gender equality, provide disability advocacy, and offer opportunities for First Nations people. As a social enterprise, we engage individuals in economic, social, and civic activities to drive positive change.


    We acknowledge the Darkinjung and Pangerang (Bangerang) people and pay our respect to Elders past and present on whose land we have made our home and reap the opportunities. We look to the future with hope as we walk side by side with our First Nations people in the spirit of reconciliation and truth telling.

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