As local thought leaders consider how the ‘future of work’ might take shape, youth unemployment is burning issue for the Central Coast’s business community.

The future of work was up for debate earlier this month at the very successful Central Coast Innovation Summit, held at Mingara.
 
Thanks to our event partner, UON Central Coast, we had an amazing line up of speakers from the CSIRO, Regional Australia Institute and Productivity Bootcamp, as well as the UON’s very own Dr Sarah Pearson, speaking on topics related to this year’s theme: The Future of Work.
 
What was clear from the presentations and afternoon workshop was the unity that the local business community including the Chamber, business, education and government share in approaching the region’s youth unemployment challenge. We are seeing the emergence of many groups and collaborative movements which aim to tackle to youth unemployment challenge, which is incredibly positive to say the least, given that there are so many different angles to tackling this ongoing challenge. Whilst a thriving and efficient business community has the capacity to create employment, business is only one element of a regional and community challenge, and we are committed to turning this current challenge into an opportunity.
 
As always, we are keen to hear from you, our business community. Whether you have thoughts on youth unemployment, business initiatives, or something your business requires assistance with, we welcome your thoughts.  Feel free to get in contact with us at any time.
 
Your chance to shine
As the local Chamber Business Awards program winds up, it’s time to learn who will take home the top awards for 2017, and celebrate the great depth of business acumen across the Central Coast. There are galas events planned for Gosford, Erina and Coastal Chamber, Wyong Regional Chamber, and Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are selling now, so if you would like to find out the details, please don’t hesitate to give us a call here at the Chamber.
 
Applications for the Central Coast Business Excellence Awards are also open, with a lot of great entries already. Entries close on 30 June, so don’t miss your chance to promote your business against the best the Central Coast has to offer. Winners of these awards will go on to represent the region at the NSW Business Chamber State Annual Awards to be announced in Sydney in November. 
 
Best regards,
 
Dan Farmer
Regional Manager
 
Whilst a thriving and efficient business community has the capacity to create employment, business is only one element of a regional and community challenge, and we are committed to turning this current challenge into an opportunity.