Employers Plan for Tomorrow
The Centre of Excellence presented a webinar on how you can future-proof your business by custom-training your next generation of workers.
This presentation provided an overview of what programs are currently available for industry to participate in to future-proof their business and share tips on how they can strengthen connections with future employees.
The session included three industry professionals who provided practical advice to support employers on how they can engage with schools and TAFE NSW students that can be immediately actioned. The session included a case study on how one local business has had great success in working with local schools to attract trainees that have supported it business.
To access a recording of this webinar please click here
The Centre of Excellence is carrying out a survey of the industry to invite businesses to register their interest in engaging a trainee or apprentice so that it can work with the Department of Education and the local schools to encourage local traineeships.
To respond to this survey please click here
DSSS Visitor Economy Symposium
The Centre of Excellence hosted a session on Skills Development and Training at the recent DSSS Visitor Economy Symposium held in Kiama. This session included presentations from three local operators, Libby Cupitt, Cupitt’s Estate; Pip Davies, Mountain Ridge Wines and Greta Lewis, Jervis Bay Wild, who shared their experiences and discussed the value of the CoE programs and how it has supported their businesses.
The session also included a panel discussion from Anna Finch, Kardia HR; Lyn Eckersley, Training Services NSW and Debbie Pakis, TAFE NSW who presented on the changes to the workforce environment and the importance of investing in your team. The panel highlighted the current opportunities available to business and how they can take advantage of the government’s funding of 300,000 training places.
Key take outs from the session were:
- A lot of TAFE courses are free and have a minimum of only 8 participants. If you have a requirement and you know another business has the same requirement – get on the front foot and contact TAFE and they can react to this and get the course up and running.
- It’s an Employees market – be the best employer you can to attract and retain your staff.
- Wellbeing is one the main considerations for careers now-a-days. This is where regional areas have the advantage over metro businesses. It isn’t all about the high pay anymore, people value being able to get to work within 5-10 mins, going to the beach before or after work – these are tools for employers trying to attract workers from metro areas can use.
- Successful businesses are actively employing and investing into the staff. If you don’t invest training, education or mentoring then you will be left with no one to be able to pass / sell the business onto so it makes financial sense in the long run to invest into your staff.
- There are 300,000 FULLY FUNDED Tourism and Hospitality positions available in NSW through TAFE. This may not be available ever again – everyone needs to take advantage of this!