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Thursday, June 24, 2021

New Skills Program to prepare locals for future jobs

City of Newcastle is helping businesses across the region gain the skills to make the most of the city’s emerging new economic opportunities with a $385,000 investment in its New Skills Program. 

From helping these organisations embrace the digital age, developing ways to be more accessible or improve energy efficiency, the program aims to address a wide range of industry specific skills gaps over the next two years. 

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said it would provide opportunities for people to learn new skills and innovation which will create more local jobs. 

“Newcastle’s economy is transforming, and we need to adapt to take advantage of the opportunities,” Cr Nelmes said. 

“City of Newcastle’s Economic Development Strategy is responding to the impact of skills gaps in the local workforce by delivering a program that invests in local people to acquire the knowledge and training to participate in the emerging economic opportunities.”

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen added New Skills was an extension of the training support funding provided under the  Community and Economic Resilience Package.

“City of Newcastle has called on businesses to develop training packages that address the skills gap in the local economy, with a range of New Skills programs set to commence later this month,” he said. 

“Target areas include identifying how businesses in the hospitality and tourism sectors can build a more resilient business model and supporting emerging industries looking to establish in the region.”

As part of the program, a workshop series presented by Hunter Regional Business Hub is on offer this month.

The workshops have been designed to upskill local businesses in new technologies to assist them to recover and reinvent themselves. 

A Digital Basics for Small Business workshop will be held in Hamilton on 17 May, highlighting techniques and tools to improve digital capability and online presence across online channels. 

“The course is ideal for people and small business owners wanting to operate a business or new idea in the digital environment as it will explain how customers use the web to search and find what they want,” Digital Advisor Rochelle McLennan said. 

More information about the New Skills program can be found on the council’s website.

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