New figures have offered a glimpse into the future of Young’s jobs market, with pre-school teaching, construction and fitness among the occupations to see a surge in employment numbers over the next three years.
The research, conducted by the nation’s largest training organisation,TAFE NSW, revealed that the Riverina’s workforce is expected to grow by about 1.7 per cent or 1443 positions by 2021, with unemployment projected to dip from 4.8 per cent to 4.4 per cent.
The occupations tipped to enjoy the largest employment increase by numbers over the next three years are early childhood teacher (up 15.6 per cent), project builder (15.5 per cent), project builder (15.5 per cent), commercial housekeeper (12.1 per cent), management consultant (11.7 per cent) and fitness instructor (11.1 per cent).
The occupations forecast to have the highest percentage growth are aged or disabled carer, childcare worker, project builder, early childhood teacher and chef.
An ageing population and a chronic skills shortage in key industries is driving much of the projected employment growth, the report found.
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager Kerry Penton said the report highlighted the critical role TAFE NSW plays in addressing the skills gaps.
“We must ensure the workforce is trained to meet the future needs of industry if we want to capitalise on the many exciting employment opportunities ahead,” Ms Penton said.
For more information visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.