A skills audit being conducted by Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast and Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers was an excellent opportunity for business operators to identify staffing anomalies says Deb Tuckerman.
The MidCoast Council growth economic development and tourism manager, Ms Tuckerman is urging local businesss to fill out the audit which will in future help identify skills shortages and training needs across the region.
Results of the audit will help with the development of locally based policies and programs and help advocate for assistance from the State and Federal governments, she said.
"We are aware of the skills gaps in industries such as health and aged care, however specific data from our local businesses will really help quantify the issues and help secure the right support," she said.
Businesses can fill out the on-lineKills Audit Survey form here by Wednesday, June 19.
This is important information that will go towards assisting businesses into the future.Deb Tuckerman
The North Coast Skills Audit follows on from the successful 2017 skills audit conducted by Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast.
Results from the 2017 audit showed that 50 per cent of respondents indicated skill levels were unfulfilled across all sectors on the Mid North Coast region.
An important recommendation from the 2017 audit was the need for collaboration with education and training providers, to address the future education and training needs of each industry sector.
"We hope local businesses that haven't completed the survey will use this extension to take part," Ms Tuckerman.
"This is important information that will go towards assisting businesses into the future."
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