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Symposium first step to youth unemployment solution

More than 100 people packed Kurri Kurri TAFE’s conference room last week to find solutions to drive down the Hunter Valley’s youth unemployment rate which currently sits at 21.2 per cent. Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent opened the Hunter Valley Youth Unemployment Symposium, with an outline of the statistics and facts from the symposium…

From the mouths of babes: young people’s thoughts on youth unemployment

With youth unemployment at the forefront following the Hunter Valley Youth Unemployment Symposium, there is a strong focus from government, industry and community stakeholders to find solutions to tackle their region’s growing crisis. But what do young people have to say about it? The Hunter Research Foundation (HRF) took a deep dive into the psyche…

Want to motivate Millennials at work? Give them a purpose

The latest Millennial Survey by Deloitte found people of the millennial generation—people currently aged 11 to 34—are motivated in different ways to generations before them. Six in 10 Millennials say a sense of purpose is part of the reason why they work for their current employer. Millennials want to see a focus on people and…

On the pulse: Cessnock small business confidence

The latest Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) Small Business Survey recorded a small increase in business conditions for the September quarter. But are the national results reflected locally?  Some of Cessnock’s main street retailers gave their thoughts about small business confidence and conditions, and some key themes emerged including the importance of shopping…

Do you know a Wonder Woman? Nominations open for 2016 NSW Women of the Year Awards

The NSW Women of the Year Awards celebrate remarkable and inspiring women and the contributions they make in their communities. Minister for Women Pru Goward said the awards are a fantastic reminder that there are women all over NSW who are striving to be their very best and achieve brilliant goals. “Every day women of…

Tap tightened on misleading airfare drip pricing practices

The federal court has ruled Jetstar and Virgin Australia misled customers about the price of particular advertised airfares. Proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) related to airfares advertised online by Jetstar in 2013 and 2014 and by Virgin Australia in 2014 which misrepresented the price of flights – a practice referred…

Gloves off over Boxing Day trade as Aussies prepare to spend billions this Christmas

All NSW retailers will have the option to trade on Boxing Day this year following amendments to the Retail Trading Act passed last week. Opinions about the move to open up Boxing Day trade outside of Sydney CBD and designated tourist regions were mixed. Industry body Australian Retailers Association (ARA) praised the move; ARA Executive…

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…