Workforce Development Forum Report

Executive Summary

Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast (RDAMNC), in partnership with the Local Jobs
Program, held three Workforce Development Forums across the Mid North Coast in June 2021 to
participate in solutions-based discussions around the impacts and gaps in our local workforce.

Participants identified several contributing issues, highlighting the lack of preparedness of school
leavers for work; regional location challenges, particularly housing and transport; and the need for
small business support, particularly in professional services, marketing, mentoring and opportunities
for collaboration.

Next steps to be implemented after receiving the feedback from the forums include a proposal for a
series of Jobs Fairs; facilitation of a series of local meetings with schools and employers; create a
resource highlighting existing programs, support services and funding for small business; and
support the implementation of a regional housing strategy.

See report for more information: Workforce Development Forum Report