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.
The report is available on the RDA Far West website at Regional Development Australia Far West Work Force Development Study
Regional Development Australia Far West (RDA FW) are committed to working with the region’s stakeholders to develop and support strategies to retain and grow the region’s population.
Analysis of the current population indicates a growing older demographic and a steadily declining younger demographic, indicating future issues with meeting workforce demand and retention of an educated, trained and motivated population.
RDA Far West believe an opportunity exists within the region to enhance training options for young people, enhance the employ-ability skills of young people and support the future workforce needs of the region.
RDA Far West have engaged the services of a Training and employment Coordinator to;
- Integrate support services for apprentices, trainees, school based trainees and their employers
- Foster engagement with stakeholders
- Promote and market vocational pathways, employment programs and services
Want to know about how we can help? contact RDA Far West on 08 80878383