On Tuesday 13 May the Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis Report 2014 (The Report) was officially launched by the Macedon Ranges Shire Mayor, Roger Jukes at the Macedon Ranges Further Education Centre, Gisborne.
Vital workforce development, training data and information for training providers, schools businesses and industries within Macedon Ranges Shire is now available through ‘The Report’.
Councillor Jukes stated that Macedon Ranges Shire Council, through their Economic Development Strategy, remain “…. committed to identifying the skills and training needs of local businesses and, working in partnership with our various education providers, to address them”. The Report significantly assists training providers and local businesses to strategically position themselves, and the current and future workforces, in order to remain strong and viable within the context of the changing market across the Shire.
Information was sought from more than 250 local businesses and training providers in compiling the report and its recommendations. Facilitation of the project was managed by the Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network, project managed by Kyneton Community and Learning Centre with funding and support provided by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development—Adult Community Further Education, Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the Central Ranges LLEN.
The analysis of the data collated during the Project phase has been framed by the identification of opportunities for training providers to respond to defined need. These opportunities in turn have been expanded to include the major stakeholders who may collaborate to seize that opportunity. In addition, with some recommendations refer to the structure of short courses, particularly with a focus on business operations, which could be tailored in response to the identified needs of local businesses. Relationships, both current and potential, amongst the Learn Local providers in the Macedon Ranges and other stakeholders such as Macedon Ranges Shire Council, the community, and education and training providers is identified in ‘The Report’ as being of significance in strategically addressing workforce needs on a sustainable basis.
Through the links established in The Report, and the recently launched Central Ranges LLEN Environmental Scan 2014 report, demand for quality graduates and vocational training are able to be clearly identified and strategically responded too. The Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis report highlights:
- Key industries areas of focus, are especially in the Health and Community Services, Tourism and Food Services industries;
- Unique opportunities in the Equine/Agribusiness sector in the Macedon Ranges;
- Trends and gaps existing in training provision coupled with the current and future needs of key businesses and industry sectors;
- For collaborative partnerships with education, training, employment and business stakeholders to be developed where opportunities for employers and students are readily accessible to meet future demands.