Important research into Parkes and the Central West has revealed there are some exciting employment growth areas forecast for the region over the next three years, including construction, aged care, early childhood care and real estate industries.
TAFE NSW Deputy Regional General Manager Adam Bennett said the research, which was conducted by Australia’s largest training organisation, revealed predicted growth in full-time employment opportunities in the Central West, and the whole of Western NSW, thanks to a number of important factors.
“This includes the fact that the Central West, Far West and Orana regions have the highest skill shortage rates in NSW,” Mr Bennett said.
“Add to this our aging population and there’s a number of large upcoming investments in the region, and these factors all open the doors to many exciting potential employment opportunities.
“In the Central West we have a very diverse economy, with strong activity in technology and business, supply chain and eCommerce, health, wellbeing and community services and agriculture.
“With the extension and construction of new transport corridors, and the construction and development of a number of new and improved health care facilities, this will continue to generate increased demand for skilled workers.
“Research revealed TAFE NSW is by far the biggest trainer of students in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) space in these growth areas in the Central West and Western NSW, making up 58 per cent of all VET enrolments in the region.
“I believe this number is so high because employers trust our training and students know that training at TAFE NSW can result in exciting, real-life employment opportunities.
“TAFE NSW offers quality and extensive training in all industries predicted for growth, including construction, health, early childhood care, administration, hospitality, retail, finance and property management - just to name a few.
“With more than 1200 courses available at TAFE NSW, and with current and future job prospects looking bright, there’s never been a better time to consider enrolling at TAFE NSW.”
For more information visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.
Key facts for Parkes, the Central West and Western NSW:
Top five industries by employment size: 1 - Technology and business services; 2- Supply chain and eCommerce; 3 - Health, wellbeing and community services; 4 – Infrastructure, energy and construction; 5 – Agribusiness.
Fastest predicted growth occupations: 1 - Project builder; 2 – Early childhood teacher; 3 – Caretaker; 4 – Property manager; 5 – Supply and distribution manager.
The labor force is expected to grow by more than 400 people from 2018-2021;
Employment is forecast to grow by more than 1150 jobs from 2018-2021;
The unemployment rate is forecast to decline 0.3 percentage points to 5.4% from 2018-2021;
Health, wellbeing and community services is forecast to have the biggest employment increase over the 2018-2021 period with around 1670 additional workers (or 4.0% increase);
Around 200 additional aged or disabled carers are forecast over the 2018-2021 period (5.6% increase);
TAFE NSW is the largest provider of Vocational Education Training in Western NSW, with 58% of all students studying at TAFE NSW;
Employment in the Technology and business service industry is forecast to increase by 1580 workers (or 3.6%);
The number of real estate agents in Western NSW is forecast to increase by 10.2%, compared to an 8% increase for NSW;
Employment in Infrastructure, energy and construction is forecast to increase by 1110 workers (or 2.7%).