Cessnock City Council undertook a skills audit to support existing businesses in engaging and skilling the local population for increased workforce participation and identify directions for other initiatives to attract workers from outside the region. The aim is for a workforce that is sustainable for the region to meet the needs of our growing industries.
The Cessnock City Skills Audit is a project which has been jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Cessnock City Council under the Building Better Regions Fund.
The Skills Audit outcomes have been:
- Identification of current and future skills shortages of local businesses;
- Investigations of training and pathways to meaningful employment for unemployed persons; and
- Development of the Advance Cessnock City Jobs Portal
The contents of the Cessnock City Skills Audit have been split into two parts:
The first half of this report, Part A combines the results and key findings of the Cessnock City Skills Audit and presents it with meaningful research that has been undertaken into the future needs of workforce in Australia and NSW. Part A provides future directions and provides context for some of the key findings.
Part B: The Skills Audit Report
The second half of the report, Part B presents more detailed information on the findings of the study. Part B provides more detailed information on the responses provided by businesses. It provides overview of the methodology, sector and subregional analysis of businesses, and information on the types of skills shortages and issues impacting skills shortages.
The Cessnock City Skills Audit is a project which has been jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Cessnock City Council.