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Industry leaders collaborate on Singleton’s economic future

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A new initiative is being launched to allow industry leaders to collaborate on Singleton’s economic future.

Developed between Singleton Council and Business Singleton, the scheme will support the growth of core local ventures by creating a connected network of businesses to work together on development, building business capacity and stability.

The Industry and Workforce Development Program (IWDP) is the latest in council’s suite of economic measures, funded by round eight of the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions.

Delivered in association with regional partners and industry stakeholders, the IWDP will engage local industry in future-focused roundtable discussions to identify and prioritise strategies to address barriers to growth and harness opportunities for the future.

And, the first meeting will take place on 3 May from 10am to noon at the Singleton Civic Centre with a focus on the construction industry.

All stakeholders are invited to attend, including heavy civil to trades, domestic and commercial builders.

Council’s director organisation and community capacity Vicki Brereton said the core industries for this specific program were selected based on their strategic importance to the continued evolution of Singleton’s economy.

“They’ll focus on construction, manufacturing, agriculture, retail and hospitality, health and social services and mining services initially, acknowledging that other industries such as tourism already have strong networks in place to support industry development,” she explained.

“We’re inviting leaders to share their perspectives individually and as part of a number of roundtable discussions, which will be facilitated by Jacinta Outlaw, a Business Australia advisor and founder of digital transformation agency the Fifth Element.

“One of the main objectives of the program will be to anticipate future employment skills requirements, so we can ensure our labour force is ready to meet demand and we can retain jobs in Singleton as our economy evolves.”

Business Singleton president Danny Eather said no one understood the challenges of an evolving economy better than local businesses.

“We want to hear first-hand what our industries are currently experiencing and what they’d like us to champion locally and regionally,” he added.

“We’re also keen to harness their vision for their industry’s future, both at a local level and from a viewpoint of linking into future regional trends.”

For more information or to be part of the Industry and Workforce Development Program, visit Industry and Workforce Development Program | Singleton Council (nsw.gov.au)  or contact Jelinda Millgate, council’s industry development officer via email at [email protected] or 6578 7290.

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