As we close off quarter one, the NSW Business Chamber has been advocating strongly for increased investment into infrastructure that will help address youth unemployment and our skills shortage. 

Over half of NSW businesses are experiencing skill shortages, according to our 2019 Workforce Skills Survey

Central Coast businesses average nearly three unfilled positions, due to a lack of appropriately skilled workers. In particular, young workers lack work ready skills including problem solving, innovative thinking and professionalism. 

The skills shortage is holding back innovation and product development and challenging the region’s ability to be competitive. 

Industries hardest hit are construction, manufacturing and professional services. More must be done to train young people so our workers have the requisite skills to sustain existing and future economic activity.

To help address skill shortages, the Chamber is calling for:
  • A doubling of the number of school-based apprenticeships delivered in NSW each year (currently QLD delivers almost four times as many as NSW).
  • Industry-based careers advice for students and parents from year nine for all schools across NSW. 
  • Increased utilisation of existing TAFE facilities and resources to boost training outcomes.
Business Awards finalists announced

The Central Coast will be celebrating the business excellence of 27 finalists at the NSW Business Chamber’s prestigious Regional Business Awards. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Terrigal on Friday 11 October.

Over 150 businesses nominated across 11 categories and the standard of these businesses was very high. The finalists reflect a broad cross-section of our local businesses who have demonstrated expertise in strategy, innovation, operations and customer care. 

Congratulations to all the finalists! You can see the lists of finalists here and purchase your tickets here.

Mental health in the workplace

The Central Coast has been chosen to deliver Lifespan – an innovative, evidence-based, world-class approach to suicide prevention developed by the Black Dog Institute.

Businesses are encouraged to take advantage of QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer). QPR is a free online course that provides people with the tools to have a conversation that could save a life.

Given that one in six people in the Australian workforce are suffering from a mental illness at any one time, mental health and suicide prevention are part of everyone’s business. Visit the Suicide Prevention Central Coast website for more information.

Economic breakfast 

Find out what impact global markets are predicted to have on your business and attend our final Economic Breakfast for 2019 on Wednesday 30 October. Speakers include University of Newcastle, Central Coast Council and Westpac. 

You can register online here.


Member for 16 years, Open Shutters is again opening their factory on 4 to 6 October to showcase art@work, an important initiative to encourage local creativity in the workplace.  Click here for more information. 

Enjoy this month’s edition of e-news.

Kind regards, 
Paula Martin – Regional Director Central Coast, NSW Business Chamber