Economy

More jobs than people available in the Eurobodalla’s largest industry

Ian Campbell 16 August 2019
Photo: Sabine van Erp, Pixabay.

Photo: Sabine van Erp, Pixabay.

Eurobodalla job seekers are being asked to take a fresh look at work within the region’s fastest-growing employment sector through a new job scheme.

Health care and social assistance is the shire’s largest industry, with more jobs available than eligible job seekers.

Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Employment Projects Coordinator, Rhonnie South says the Employment Revolution program is helping ensure the shire has a workforce skilled and ready to meet the sector’s growing needs locally.

“The health care sector employs 17.8 percent of our workforce, with growth in the region predicted at 12.6 percent by 2030,” Ms South says.

“We’re looking to target specific job-seeker groups – mature age, youth, Aboriginal, and people with a disability.”

The Employment Revolution program for health care and social assistance includes industry-specific qualifications, including Certificate III in Individual Support, apprenticeships and trainee placements, as well as training in entry-level and job-related skill sets.

Ms South says the Eurobodalla has an aging population, with many young people moving away from the shire.

“To encourage job seekers to take a fresh look at the healthcare industry, it’s important we define new career pathways and address the negative perception of the sector playing out in the media,” she says.

“We’re working to get the message out through workshops, information nights, job drives and promotional campaigns. Watch this space.”

For more information visit Council’s website or contact Council’s employment project team on 4474 7380.

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