Will our region have the skilled staff we need for the future?

With automation and globalisation impacting business throughout the world it's clear that many of the skills needed in today's workplace may not be the same into the future. So what is the future of skills in the Mid North Coast? What will stay and what will be left behind? The Regional Australia Institute has something to say about this at a national level HERE

In the Mid North Coast employers tell us they are looking for young people who have the important employability skills such as punctuality, presentation, attitude, aptitude, basic maths and english (spoken and written). They also tell us that these skills often need more nurturing among young people.

So whose responsiblity is it to create opportunities for young people and to support them into their future pathways? In our opinion it is EVERYONE'S. Why?

Without getting bogged down in funding speak I'll be brief... The services that support our young people are often (not always) funded to guide the young person for only part of the pathway journey - primary school to high school, high school into the VET system, to find a job, do a course, solve a social or health issue.  There are so many cracks to fall through as young people experience gaps in the support continuum.

But that doesn't mean that it's only the responsibility of the government of the day, or services, schools or employers - You know the saying "it takes a village to raise a child"? We agree this is true in every sense. It's everyone's responsibility.

Still, we realise it's difficult to navigate the landscape of training and other supports into employment so we've designed an online platform to do the heavy lifting for young people, employers and the people who support all entities. You can register for free here

And what about future skills in our region? We need you to tell us more about the current and future needs of your business by participating in the North Coast Skills Audit. It will only take 10mins of your time. The closing date (28 April) is quickly approaching so please jump online as soon as you can. Here's the link again SURVEY

#shoplocal this Easter
Remember to shop local this Easter.  There are numerous suppliers of locally made and D-licious Easter Eggs. Check out Renae's Chocolatique, Bowraville; Bent on Food Wingham; Baba Lila, Wauchope and if you know more tag #shoplocalmnc on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn.
  • FREE one to one and group sessions for business advice and support via the Entrepreneurship Facilitator Service. Email Courtney here 
  • The Australian Small Business Advisory Service provides one to one advice to support SMEs to increase efficiency in the digital economy. Contact Robyn Simon HERE or Andrew Campbell HERE
  • The next organisational wellbeing workshop with Thea O'Connor will be held in Coffs Harbour in July. For more information contact us here
  • Have you visited our funding opportunities page lately? Jump online to see if anything meets your current needs 
  • Keep an eye on our Facebook page for further updates and opportunities
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That's it for now, stay tuned for another update soon.

Have a happy Easter,

Kerry Grace
Director of Regional Development
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