Recruitment a real issue, but issue needs more evidence


Recruitment a real issue, but issue needs more evidence

The Regional Skills Outlook Unravelling the Skills of the Future for the Orana Region project is well underway, with more than 70 surveys completed from across the region. Prelimiary results show that labour issues are a real issue for businesses in the region, with some businesses having a significant number of vacancies over a large period of time.

The survey, currently underway, has a target rate of 200 responses, required to ensure that the data gathered is valid statistically; as well as providing a true regional snapshot.

Emerging trends include labour shortages in agriculture, some trades and early education.

The survey includes questions to employers about their present and upcoming labour and skills requirements.

“Information will then be used to inform and shape projects and policies that support regional economic growth into the future.”

Data to be gathered will include 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.” That entails workforce demands, impediments to the business, present and future skills shortages, recruitment and retention, exports and innovations, and training and growth.

“We need to assess barriers, address labour issues and look at the skills of business owners.”

Mrs Dixon said the projected outcomes will be to develop and present policy responses to State and Federal Government on issues around labour and training.

“We intend to gauge the issues faced by businesses in our region, so that the Committee can develop some policy responses to present to Government, in terms of achieving support that addresses the issues of employment, development and technology.”

Business owners, employing staff from across the Orana region are encouraged to participate in the survey.

To take the survey here: Unravelling the Skills of the Future for the Orana Region

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