Industries will need workers
SALES, care, agriculture, hospitality and trades are five industries in need of inexperienced workers to meet current and looming skill shortages – or just to keep the economy ticking over.
They are forecast to have hundreds of thousands of jobs becoming vacant in the next five years.
Employment Department figures show caring – whether in aged, disabled or child care – is forecast to have 100,000 jobs created in the five years to 2021, while the sales sector is expected to have about 90,000 positions.
Agriculture cannot get enough local workers to fill jobs and hospitality is tipped for growth.
SkillsIQ chief executive Yasmin King said there were plenty of jobs in service industries such as healthcare and certificates to study could be gained at school or within six months of leaving.
Mitchell Baird, 19, of Raby, sees a bright future in the construction industry.
“I’m hoping to do my builder’s course next year, which is a certificate IV, then hopefully somewhere down the track have my own company,” he said. ››
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Mitchell Baird, of Raby.