Understanding skill sets that exist in a region helps to inform future training requirements and funding needed to support new initiatives.
Data collected from the recently completed Skills Snapshot, a project conducted in partnership between Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast (RDA-MNC) and Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers (RDA-NR) will help to understand local skill gaps that exist and assist in the development of locally based policies and programs. Local registered businesses were asked to fill out an online survey that included questions about, workforce needs, skills gaps and future plans. 180 responses were received from businesses representing the diverse range of industries that exist within the North Coast.
“The Skills Snapshot is an important initiative for both of our regions. The data we collected will help to ensure workforce development is on track and current training available is relevant to industry needs.” Said Kerry Grace, Director of RDA-MNC.
RDA-MNC conducted a successful Skills Audit focused on the Mid North Coast in 2017. This year the organisation collaborated with RDA-NR to widen the reach of the initiative by gathering responses from both regions. The larger data set that has being collected will help identify issues common to both regions.
“I’m grateful the RDA-MNC invited us to join them to deliver this important work. I wish to add my thanks to all businesses that took the time to respond. By working together our two organisations can present a much stronger case to attract increased resources for the whole of the North Coast.” said Tim Williamson, Director of RDA-NR.
The lucky winner of the prize of an iPad was Trudi Hayes from the Nambucca Valley. Trudi is currently involved in the running of two local businesses and a community organisation.
“I feel knowing what we have in our community in terms of skills and assets is vital so we can move forward in collaboration – preparing for what we don’t have and what we feel we will need.” Said Hayes.
A report summarising the findings of the project will be released in September. RDA-MNC and RDANR would like to thank all those that took the time to participate in the Skills Snapshot.