New Skills Program set to prepare locals for jobs

New Skills Program set to prepare locals for jobs

City of Newcastle is helping local businesses gain the skills to make the most of Newcastle’s emerging new economic opportunities with a $385,000 investment in its New Skills Program.

From helping local businesses to embrace the digital age, developing ways to be more accessible, or improve energy efficiency, the program aims to address a wide range of industry specific skills gaps over the next two years.

Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes said the New Skills Program will provide opportunities for people to learn new skills and innovation which is how we make businesses more competitive and encourage emerging industries, which will create more local jobs.

“Newcastle’s economy is transforming, and we need to adapt to take advantage of the opportunities,” Nuatali said.

“City of Newcastle’s Economic Development Strategy is responding to the impact of skills gaps in the local workforce by delivering a program that invests in local people to acquire the knowledge and training to participate in the emerging economic opportunities.

“New Skills will assist residents to expand their knowledge and abilities through courses delivered by local organisations to address current and projected skills gaps and strengthen areas of rapid change.”

Deputy Lord Mayor, Declan Clausen said New Skills is an extension of the training support funding provided under Newcastle’s $5.5 million Community and Economic Resilience Package that targeted people and industries hit hard by COVID-19, including young people and the tourism sector.

“City of Newcastle has called on businesses to develop training packages that address the skills gap in the local economy, with a range of New Skills programs set to commence later this month,” Declan said.

“Target areas include identifying how businesses in the hospitality and tourism sectors can build a more resilient business model and supporting emerging industries looking to establish in the region.

“Earp Distillery, Got Your Back Sista, Makers and Traders, and Newy Rides are just some local organisations that have already benefitted from City of Newcastle’s investment in training programs to develop new products and services.”

This month a workshop series presented by Hunter Regional Business Hub is on offer, designed to upskill local businesses in new technologies to assist them to recover and reinvent themselves.

A Digital Basics for Small Business workshop will be held in Hamilton on May 17, highlighting techniques and tools to improve digital capability and online presence across online channels.

“The course is ideal for people and small business owners wanting to operate a business or new idea in the digital environment as it will explain how customers use the web to search and find what they want,” Digital Advisor, Rochelle McLennan said.

“It will provide valuable insights and highlight opportunities to meet customer needs and increase online presence.”

IMAGE City of Newcastle Digital Advisor, Rochelle McLennan and Deputy Lord Mayor, Declan Clausen.

City of Newcastle

In 2030, Newcastle will be a smart, liveable and sustainable city.

Council developed and adopted a suite of strategic documents to guide delivery of Council's seven key strategic directions, outlined in the Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan.

  •  A Connected City
  •  A Protected and Enhanced Environment
  •  Vibrant and Activated Public Places
  •  A Caring and Inclusive Community
  •  A Liveable and Distinctive Built Environment
  •  A Smart and Innovative City
  •  Open and Collaborative Leadership

This planning strategy has assisted in the delivery of a City Revitalisation Program that has encouraged a large investment in the City by both Government and private investors that are willing to prove that Newcastle is ready for change.   

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