The mining sector is expected to remain the dominant employer within the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday region through to 2024 – but it is tipped to lag other sectors for jobs growth.
A skills roadmap for the region has highlighted construction and health care/social assistance as the greatest jobs growth industries, by additional positions created.
Each of those sectors is tipped to create well over 1000 new positions based on Jobs Queensland employment projection data for 2019-2024, compared to 90 in mining.
The report, released by Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3), acknowledges that the future for mining jobs in the region is difficult to predict due to a varied range of economic factors.
“As Greater Whitsunday’s largest employing sector, it is important that the region is proactive in counteracting any future workforce displacement through exploring upskilling and cross industry employment opportunities,” it says.
GW3’s Greater Whitsunday Future Skills Roadmap provides a summary of the skills and training required for the region in the future.
The roadmap includes recommendations under four key pillars to educate the region to ensure its workforces remain adaptable, resilient, and employable in the future of work.
“The roadmap informs both government and industry around the skills requirements and opportunities associated with future jobs and employment and proposes a range of strategies to realise these opportunities,” GW3 chief executive officer Kylie Porter said.
“For the last 12 months, GW3 has been working closely with industry, education and training, and government representatives to identify exactly what education and skills are required to meet the future job market.”
Ms Porter said the findings taken from the roadmap highlighted foundational skills including digital and enterprise skills as critical to jobs of the future.
“Our region needs to be proactive in implementing strategies to ensure all workers, including those that are currently in employment are upskilled and supported in-region, to transition into new job tasks and roles as the nature of work changes,” she said.
The Greater Whitsunday Future Skills Roadmap was a component of the Regional Jobs Committee project, funded by the Queensland Government’s Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).