TAFE NSW, NSW Business Chamber working to fill skill shortage

Upgrade: The Mid North Coast Correctional Centre near Kempsey is in line for expansion.
Upgrade: The Mid North Coast Correctional Centre near Kempsey is in line for expansion.

Looking to secure future employment in an industry where there is forecast skill shortages?

The Mid-North Coast is in a prime position to capitalise on future growth across at least five industries, according to new research by TAFE NSW.

Alongside those forecasts, the NSW Business Chamber is also working to fill the void, with an eye on the future.

TAFE NSW has revealed the top five industries where jobs are likely to be needed over the next three years.

They are in, construction, health, supply chain, hospitality and manufacturing industries.

TAFE NSW regional general manager, Susie George, said the research revealed that the predicted skill shortages on the Mid-North Coast is thanks to a number of important factors.

“A number of industries on the Mid-North Coast have indicated that they are experiencing significant challenges in meeting skills needs," Ms George said.

"In addition, expansion of the Mid-North Coast Correctional Centre at Kempsey will create a need for skilled workers.

TAFE NSW remains a vital and integral provider of vocational education on the Mid-North Coast and it is evident that residents are upskilling in readiness for the employment growth in these industries."

Susie George

"TAFE NSW remains a vital and integral provider of vocational education on the Mid-North Coast and it is evident that residents are upskilling in readiness for the employment growth in these industries."

Business chamber regional manager Kellon Beard says both TAFE and private education providers play a critical role in ensuring that our region has the skills it needs to be both an attractive place to invest and grow.

"The NSW Business Chamber, through our apprenticeship centre and skills road initiatives, is reaching out to the next generation to demonstrate the rewarding careers and opportunities that can come from vocational education," he said.

"With a range of public infrastructure investments happening across the Mid-North Coast region, there is strong demand for health services and the need for our manufacturing sector to continue developing and evolving to compete globally, demand for skills will remain high.

"While we see challenges in terms of access to skills in individual industry sectors, the key capabilities of communication, teamwork and problem solving are in demand across all sectors.

"Our education and training system needs to develop these essential capabilities for our future workforce."

TAFE says the top five courses in this region last year included, foundation skills support, early childhood education and care, individual support, skills for learning and civil construction plant operations.

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