5 Key Benefits of Hiring Young People

With 18% of the Australian youth labour force underemployed the employment outlook for many young Australians is profoundly different than it was for past generations. – SMH, March 2017 With youth underemployment rates the highest they’ve been in 40 years it’s more important now than ever to embrace and explore the benefits that young people […]

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Smart, Skilled & Hired – Taylor

The Smart, Skilled and Hired Youth Employment Program is a new service delivered by CHESS that helps young people and young people connect with training, mentoring and work experience so they can become work ready and kick start a fulfilling career. Since launching this service in September we’ve had several successes within our local community! […]

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Smart, Skilled and Hired – Tommy

The Smart, Skilled and Hired Youth Employment Program is a new service delivered by CHESS that helps young people and young people connect with training, mentoring and work experience so they can become work ready and kick start a fulfilling career. Since launching this service in September we’ve had several successes within our local community! […]

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Change the Story Film Night

On Wednesday 25th October CHESS, together with our contract partner CoAct celebrated the efforts of those who embrace change in their own lives and the people who are willing and able to support that change. Our event launch was held at the Coffs Jetty Theatre, presenting a series of short films highlighting the journeys of […]

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How Small Business Can Achieve Workplace Diversity

Having the right people working in your business is crucial to its on-going success and growth. It’s no secret that the quality of your staff can either boost your business profile or work against you. Word of mouth reputation, referrals and positive brand awareness can all hinge on the experiences your customers have with your […]

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Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

When working and collaborating with others, interpersonal relationships are very important. Supporting positive staff relationships helps to build a more productive and cooperative work environment. Emotional intelligence is a valuable tool in creating collaborative workplaces both for management and for front line staff. What is Emotional Intelligence? Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, evaluate […]

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Recruitment – The First Step Toward Business Growth

Strong business means strong community. It’s more important now than ever to look after the well-being of businesses and their staff. Opportunities are developing in our region with investment in infrastructure, emerging export markets and growing demand for local goods and services. This is great news for business owners, managers and people looking for work […]

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How I Didn’t Get a Haircut & Got a Real Job

It is big news when a new fast-food chain opens in a small country town like Gunnedah. “Gunnedah” I can hear you saying, “Isn’t that where Miranda Kerr is from”. Yes, that’s right. And yes, I did know her. It’s also the “Koala Capital of the World”, but that doesn’t seem to rate a mention! […]

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7 Pieces of Expert Advice for Local Jobseekers

Finding fulfilling work in regional NSW has its challenges, so anything that gives you an edge and makes you stand out from the crowd is an advantage. Often it’s the little things that count and make the difference when an employer is deciding if you’re the right fit for their business. We work with people […]

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5 Practical Career Tips for Anyone Looking for Work

At the Woolgoolga CHESS office we work with people living with disability, mental ill health and other disadvantage to help them achieve personal goals, learn new skills and gain meaningful employment. Though our clients do encounter additional challenges in the job search process, there are a few pieces of advice that apply to anyone looking […]

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