The regional industry forum was designed to help inform the Regional Economic Development Plan. The forum included a focus on opportunities to improve labour market participation and business productivity and discussion of innovation, regional cooperation, trade, value-add, research and skills.
The forum included participants from all levels of government (including regional councils), local small and medium sized businesses, business organisations, community groups, researchers and education providers.
The forum was successfully held in May 2017. The key messages from employers at the forum were:
- a need for more on site, in-region training.
- better information on support mechanisms for business to find suitable candidates for jobs.
- education and training that is tailored to specific business needs.
- better access to skill and information sets rather than full qualifications.
- more clarity about where to find support and advice about the right kind of training business need for their employees.
- difficulty in finding the right person to talk to or information on funding available to support employment and training outcomes.
The outcomes from the forum will be used to inform the development of a Regional Economic Development Plan and has been an input into establishing the Tasmanian Governments Training and Workforce Development Priorities.
Next Steps and Milestones
Q3 2018: Work is underway to deliver a second forum targeted at the building and construction industry. The objective of this session will be to promote job opportunities for local job seekers, by:
- supporting smaller local construction contractors (including sole operators) to bid for sub-contract work on upcoming construction projects (including City Deal projects).
- developing those businesses understanding of the support available to recruit and train apprentices and trainees and other skilled labour.
Costs associated with the regional industry forum are funded by the Tasmanian Government.
The Tasmanian Government worked with the City of Launceston, the Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, the Tasmanian Building and Construction Training Industry Board and the Launceston Chamber of Commerce to deliver the forum.