RDA Orana says thank you to local businesses


RDA Orana says thank you to local businesses

Team members from Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana are saying thank you to everyone that participated in the recent Regional Skills Outlook survey conducted across the region during September and October.

RDA Orana executive officer Megan Dixon said a team of researchers travelled far and wide to visit townships and communities as part of the Unravelling the Skills of the Future for the Orana Region project.

“Their aim was to gauge workforce demands, business barriers, present and future skills shortages, recruitment and retention, exports and innovations, and training and growth,” she said.

There were 190 participants from right across the region, with good representation from all industry sectors:

  • 6.3% from Coonamble
  • 3.2% from Nyngan
  • 5.8% from Bourke
  • 7.4% from Brewarrina
  • 3.7% from Cobar
  • 6.3% from Coonabarabran
  • 24.2% from Dubbo
  • 6.8% from Gilgandra
  • 15.3% from Mudgee
  • 6.3% from Narromine
  • 3.7% from Walgett
  • 5.8% from Warren
  • 5.2% from Wellington

“The Regional Skills Outlook study includes developing a profile of each LGA, including major employers and training providers in those areas. Information will then be used to shape projects and policies that support regional economic growth into the future.”

Data gathered included details of the industry sector, service provision, local workforce and training challenges.

“The aim of the project is to examine the various aspects of business and trading in the Orana region. The 2017 survey will enable us to update and expand on previous research with current information, thereby allowing us to re-evaluate strategies and overcome any issues that exist.”

Survey information is currently being collated and analysed, with a report to be prepared later in the year.

As part of the survey, participants were asked if they would like to keep the $30 payment or donate it to Macquarie Home Stay. From 190 people, 181 indicated that they would like to support the accommodation facility.

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