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Skills barometer ties in nicely with Reinvent Your Career

Businessman in cubicle with laptop and stacks of filesNew South Wales has a growing skills shortage problem which is threatening to dramatically hinder economic growth in Western Sydney. The Skills Barometer 2015 Greater Western Sydney Survey, made available today, was carried out in the middle of this year by Lonergan Research on behalf of the TAFE Western Sydney and Western Sydney Business Connection. The report surveyed over 450 businesses representing different industries in the Western Sydney region. The findings are that 68% of businesses will be left without the qualified workers they need whilst the region is experiencing a booming population growth.

CEO of Reinvent Your Career, Nicholas Ricciuti states; “These findings are not surprising following trends from the UK and the USA where in recent years an economic upturn has meant that current available industry skills could not meet the growth in certain sectors resulting in crippling skill shortages. Communication platforms like the Reinvent Your Career Expo, which happens to be on at the Sydney Showground in Western Sydney this weekend, are crucial in allowing people to gain ‘Vocational Intelligence'”.

“Misconceptions and a lack of communication is why this expo is in our 8th year in Sydney. We want to empower individuals to gain access to real jobs, the latest information about current work and industry trends and the training and further education options available to fast-track career transition to move into jobs which will combat the skill shortfalls outlined by the Skills Barometer report.”

Mr Ricciuti continues; “The Sydney event boasts exhibitors offering jobs such as Samsung, John Holland, Transfield, Mainland Civil and Delaware North represented by Anderson Recruitment,  Simond Homes represented by Builders Academy,Defence Force Recruiting, Ostara, Evolution Hospitality Institute, NSW Department of Family and Community Services, NSW Government – Small Biz Connect unit, Sarina Russo and Uniting Care.”

“Education providers include Acquire Learning, TAFE NSW, BCA National, Australian Cathlolic University and University of Tasmania  to mention a few who have information across hundreds of career vocations. Once inside visitors are also able to have free ‘one on one’ career check-ups and resume checks with qualified career practitioners from the largest and most reputed organisation in Australia, the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA).”

“Dynamic seminars and career workshops run all weekend as well. This event is designed to help people find their passion whilst providing them with the knowledge to turn that passion into a reality.”

The survey also found more than 66,000 jobs advertised recently were not filled because of skills shortages.

Nearly a third of unfilled job vacancies are Management positions which have been the hardest to fill. Findings also show a growing shortage in technical skills and in qualified hospitality workers.

Management (59%) and sales worker positions (52%) also have the highest number of under-qualified applicants.

The survey also found a significant shortage of community and personal service workers, with more than 6440 workers needed to fill current vacancies. 31% of jobs unfilled come from hospitality workers .

The job sectors experiencing the most severe skills shortages were business and finance, building, electro technology, engineering and manufacturing.

A deficit in technical skills was found by almost half of businesses surveyed . This shortage is expected to increase to 68 per cent of businesses in the future. The highest areas of concern being education and training (28%), wholesale trade, warehousing and transport (20%), manufacturing and primary industries (18%) with professional, financial and IT service industries (17%).

Mr Ricciuti concluded; “Industry needs to work with government in allowing the public to become aware of the findings in this survey to allow them to move into sustainable careers that will not only help themselves but the greater economy.”

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Skill Barometer 2015 Survey:  http://wsi.tafensw.edu.au/resource/file/17432/1509002-tafe-barometer-booklet-web.pdf

Media enquiries for comment/interview: info@reinventyourcareer.com.au

Sydney Reinvent Your Career Expo 2015: www.reinventyourcareer.com.au

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