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Workforce Skills

Workforce Skills

To service our fast growing regional economy, we need to ensure a skilled and adaptable workforce. 

Currently, around 47% of our local workforce hold a tertiary or vocational qualification; the majority studied engineering related technologies, management and commerce, health, education.  

Three quarters of workers have completed Year 10 or above at school and 74.3% of residents who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander have completed Year 10 or hold a tertiary or vocational qualification.  

In 2018, we conducted a Skills Audit focused on the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area to fully understand the opportunities and strengths within the existing skills base and identify the current and future skills in demand and specific skills gaps that may require support to address. A snapshot of the Skills Audit is available in our Skills Audit 2018 Summary Report.

The Skills Audit provides an evidence base and is being used in collaborations between employers, education providers and industry sectors to inform actions and strategies to meet current and future workforce needs. 

If you would like to discuss the skills needs for your business or are looking to work with others to build the skills of the local workforce, please contact us at economic@pmhc.nsw.gov.au to find out how we can help.


This page was last updated on: 30 April 2020