In 2016 Regional Development Australia Far West (RDA FW) committed to undertake research into the workforce capacity of the Far West region. The purpose of the study was to build an evidence base around workforce issues affecting the region to inform the future planning, training and development needs to position the region to take advantage of current and emerging growth opportunities.

The research indicates wide-ranging opportunities in the region. There is a desire for growth from business with over 50% of respondents planning for growth in the next 1-2 years and another 27% planning to grow in the next 3-5 years, of which 63% are planning for moderate growth.

This is significant and indicates an underlying strength in the region’s economy.

The report outlines the findings of the study and suggests a range of strategies that may be developed to address the concerns raised by regional employers.

Regional Development Australia Far West will consider the outcomes of the report and what strategies may be employed to ensure the region meets the future workforce demands and job seekers have the opportunity to develop their skills to become more employable.

Addressing the concerns raised by the region’s employers will require a collaborative approach from the entire region and represents an opportunity to enhance collaboration and support training and career development in the Far West.

The report is available on the RDA Far West website at http://118.127.5.206/~rdafarwestnsw/resources/publications

In releasing the report today, RDA Far West Chair, Mr Dave Gallagher, said the report outlines a very positive attitude by the region’s employers towards growth and their long-term sustainability. It is now critical that we work together as a region to ensure we not only meet the workforce demands of the future but develop and support career pathways from school to retirement.