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Employment growth supports need for new skill pathways


Release Date: 2/09/2016

The release of the Australian Government’s Employment Outlook emphasises the importance of improving our national training system. The outlook projects employment growth across a number of sectors by identifying expected demand.

Armed with this information the Illawarra Business Chamber and Professor Peter Noonan of Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute will on Thursday, 8 September meet with local HR professionals and employers to discuss better ways to help shape the skilled workforce of the future.

Illawarra Business Chamber Executive Director, Chris Lamont, said there is clearly a need for skills training to be more responsive in meeting the existing and future needs of business as well providing more opportunities for job seekers. We will be looking at the needs of the Illawarra as well as the existing barriers and concerns of employers, apprentices and trainees so that we can meet the future workforce requirements.

In Australia, for every worker who is younger than 25, there are around 2.6 workers aged 45 years or older.

“We know our population is ageing and to maintain current living standards we need to both prolong the working life of mature age people, assist in career transitions and grow workforce entrants and this will require greater flexibility to meet the needs and aspirations of both job seekers and business,” said Chris Lamont.

The Department of Employment is forecasting that total employment will increase by 989,700 from November 2015 to November 2020i. The following industry sectors are expected to drive this growth:

  • Health, aged care and social assistance – 16.4% increase
  • Professional, scientific and technical services – 14.8% increase
  • Education and training – 13%increase
  • Construction – 8.3%

  • “We are seeing significant changes in the economy and these changes are driving the demand for skilled labour. Our skills training system should be developed with these changes in mind,” said Chris Lamont.

    * Information from the latest Australian Government, Employment Outlook is provided below

    Media Contact: Nadine King 0417 135 858



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