Changing economic conditions, critical staff shortages and the evolution to renewable energy and new industries are the drivers for three new local economic programs to address key issues and continue Singleton’s prosperity.
Supported by the NSW Government’s ‘Resources For Regions program’, Singleton Council has teamed up with Business Singleton, regional partners and industry stakeholders to deliver the new programs.
The new programs include – The Industry and Workforce Development Program, Singleton Employment and Skills Exchange and The Innovation and Attraction Activation Program.
Council’s Director Organisation and Community Capacity, Vicki Brereton said the programs complemented a suite of existing initiatives that had delivered real benefits to the Singleton business community, including the Switch Up Your Business digital improvement program that is currently underway.
“We have seen over 75 businesses improve their marketing and business planning skills through the Business Builder Program,” Vicki said.
“There are 25 businesses currently completing the Switch Up Your Business Digital Improvement program to improve their online presence.
“In addition, over 150 people have been supported with jobs and training advice with many linked to fee-free training opportunities through our Employment Pathways program, which has directly helped over 30 people find jobs.”
The three new programs will focus on developing Singleton’s core industries, enabling new and emerging industries including clean energy, workforce development, investment attraction, innovation, and existing business growth.
“We’re hoping to see as many businesses as possible get involved and take advantage of these free programs to help us ensure our economy will continue to thrive, and our community will prosper for generations to come.”
Businesses will be encouraged to collaborate on plans to support Singleton’s economic future.
This is expected to create strong local and regional networks through the Industry Workforce and Development Program and Innovation and Investment Activation programs, while the Singleton Skills and Employment Exchange Program will assist Singleton residents to access jobs and career advice, fee-free skills development and connect to employers.
Business Singleton President, Danny Eather said the programs are built on a coordinated and strategic approach to supporting businesses now, as well as preparing for the future.
“Singleton’s economy is currently worth $15 billion, the third largest economic output in the Hunter region, which is primarily driven by mining,” Danny said.
“The strength of the partnership between Council and Business Singleton, supported by Resources for Regions, is allowing us to deliver the local programs vital to address the short-term issues being experienced by our businesses as well as to create the vision, strategic direction and actions required to ensure a prosperous Singleton community now and in the future.”
IMAGE | John St, Singleton.