NSW govt careers portal trial to start

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A government-run online service offering careers advice to young people and those hoping for a career change will be trialled for thousands of people in NSW.

Careers NSW will give jobseekers tailored assistance, including access to volunteer industry experts in emerging and critical sectors, Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Wednesday.

"Careers NSW will supercharge our pandemic recovery by ensuring every jobseeker in NSW has online access to career advice regardless of their experience or education, so they can take advantage of the jobs of the future," he said.

Up to 10,000 people in western Sydney, south western Sydney, the mid north coast and the state's north west will be part of the trial.

They'll use Service NSW to find resources that help them identify their skills, passions and values and learn about prospective industries.

The pilot is aimed particularly at young people, but will also help retrain people who've lost work during the pandemic.

Mr Perrottet said the plan was partly about encouraging collaboration between the private and public sectors.

"The future of work is changing and it's very important the governments provide that opportunity, that training, that mentorship," he said.

Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello described Careers NSW as "that one stop shop that will help people that are navigating a very daunting phase of their life".

The plan is to roll out the service across the rest of the state in 2022.

Careers NSW came out of a review of the NSW vocational education and training sector by David Gonski and Peter Shergold, which released its recommendations this year.

Professor Shergold said Careers NSW will help people navigate their lifetime employment journey.

"It will also be the cornerstone of a comprehensive state-based career information and guidance ecosystem that will support people to make informed decisions," he said in a statement.

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