What do businesses on the Mid North Coast and North Coast need to help them prosper and grow? What are their plans for the future? How do they hire staff and how do they embrace innovation?
These are a few of the questions that Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast (RDAMNC) and Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers (RDANR) asked business owners via their collaborative project, 2019 North Coast Skills Snapshot.
Insights from the survey and statistical data about the North Coast region have been collated into an informative document the “North Coast Skills Snapshot” and is available to download now from RDAMNC and RDANR’s websites.
The information contained in the Snapshot is an excellent resource for prospective and existing businesses, local councils and other government agencies.
“We designed it in a simple and clear infographic style to help the key decision-makers better understand the local skill gaps and key skills issues from the employers’ perspective,” said Tim Williamson, Director of RDA Northern Rivers.
“We will use the data and analysis to influence the development of locally based programs,” said Kerry Grace, Director of RDA MNC.
Over 180 responses were received from businesses representing the diverse range of industries that exist within the North Coast.
Key outcomes include 61% of business owners felt very likely to introduce new improved methods and processes, 58% of responding businesses in the region employ 1-10 people and 45% of respondents have a highly casualised workforce with over 50% working casually or part time.