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Tourism sector demands 123,000 new workers by 2020

With the expected demand for new workers tipped to reach 123,000 by 2020, the tourism sector remains a frontrunner in Australia’s search for the next big thing in economic and employment growth. Tourism Research Australia’s Australian Tourism Labour Force Report: 2015-2020 showed the sector faced a current vacancy rate of seven per cent equating to…

Grants on offer as Hunter Region Local Land Services Strategic Plan goes on display

The NSW Local Land Services Hunter Region Draft Local Strategic Plan for 2015-2020 will be on exhibition until 22 November 2015. The draft strategy makes proposals around sustainable management of primary production, natural resource management, biosecurity and emergency management. Members of the community including small land holders and businesses are invited to have their say…

Funding boost makes hiring trainees and apprentices easier

Employers looking to take on apprentices and trainees can take advantage of a $100 million funding boost aimed at skilling young people. With youth unemployment squarely in the spotlight, NSW Minister for Skills John Barilaro has unveiled a raft of subsidised vocational education and training (VET) options. 47,000 NSW apprentices, trainees and their employers will…

Accountants among the first casualties of the robopocalypse

A report into the future of Australia’s workforce has found accountants and auditors face a 94 per cent chance of losing their jobs to technology by 2030. Our number-crunching friends will be among the predicted five million Australians whose employment fate faces a high to moderate risk of automation or computerisation over the next 10…

Don't resist change: trust your employees to invent your next cash cow

Will your business face change within its lifespan? In the previous two decades, technology has been a significant driver of organisational change. The rate at which businesses and customers are adopting technology makes change an inevitable feature of doing business in today’s world. Businesses may find themselves having to adapt or being forced to change…

Youth Unemployment Crisis – creating a new generation of jobs

Youth unemployment has skyrocketed to 21 per cent in the Hunter Region this year, with no indication of easing soon. It is the highest rate in New South Wales, and the fourth highest rate in the nation according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The reality is that one in five of…

Regional and rural mobile coverage under the microscope

Telecommunication services provided to regional and rural Australia has been put under the microscope in a new independent review. The Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee (RTIRC) released its report, handing down 12 key recommendations including a requirement that major road projects in regional Australia incorporate telecommunications upgrades as a funding precondition. RTIRC said the federal…

Watching paint dry – are your team meetings killing productivity?

Whilst team meetings are an important part of reinforcing communication and create a positive culture for sharing ideas and problem solving in the workplace…it is important to ask: Are my team meetings successful? Good meetings are collaborative, productive, with good decisions made, staff motivated, and tasks established. However, if you’re not getting them right, staff…

Cessnock LGA on the NBN roll out map

Nearly 20,000 premises across the Cessnock LGA have been added to the National Broadband Network (NBN) roll-out map, with fibre-to-the-node construction expected to commence in early 2017. The NBN promises to deliver internet speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (mbps) to 90 per cent of fixed line premises by 2020, a substantial improvement…

Check out the photos from our latest networking event

Advance Cessnock City recently hosted a networking event at the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre. Networkers from across the LGA, as well as a few welcome neighbours, had a great time making new contacts and strengthening existing ones. Local artist Saretta Fielding gave a special Welcome to Country and attendees heard updates from Council’s General Manager…

Get inside the buyer's mind

A satisfied customer will not only keep coming back, they’re more likely to recommend a service or product to friends, family and colleagues. Getting inside a buyer’s mind as they make their way through the purchase decision can improve customer service, and when coupled with effective sales and marketing strategies it can increase turnover and…

Mining sector job well runs dry

The mining sector unemployment rate is nearly three times the national average, with 16.2 per cent of Australian minerals professionals out of work as at June 2015. The high unemployment rate is just one of the findings in the 2015 Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) Professional Employment survey, the results of which AusIMM…

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