A jobs bonanza is the on the way for western NSW, according to new research from TAFE NSW.

TAFE NSW Deputy Regional General Manager Adam Bennett said job prospects were looking up for the region.

“We have a very diverse economy, with strong activity in technology and business, supply chain and eCommerce, health, wellbeing and community services and agriculture,” Mr Bennett said. “With the extension and construction of new transport corridors, and the construction and development of a number of new and improved health care facilities, this will continue to generate increased demand for skilled workers.”

NSW Nationals candidate for Barwon Andrew Schier encouraged businesses and communities to take advantage of job-building initiatives from the NSW Government and get ready for the employment boom.

“Businesses need to look at increasing the skills of young people and developing them, people are always saying they can never find a plumber when they need one, well now there are incentives to put young people on and train up the next generation of tradies,” Mr Schier said. “There’s plenty of work around and not quite enough people with the skills, so we need to develop those young people.”

In the recent NSW Budget, the NSW Nationals secured the following job-boosting investments for Barwon:

  • $130 million to seal the final 107 km of the Silver City Highway and the 94 km of the Cobb Highway
  • 1 million to continue the Broken Hill Hospital and Dental Facility Reconfiguration
  • $6 million for a new PCYC facility in Walgett and $500,000 for a refurbishment in Bourke
  • $5 million for Bourke TAFE’s Connected Learning Centre
  • $16 million for the new Broken Hill Police Station
  • $1 million for Collarenebri Police Station
  • $667,000 for the Broken Hill Core Library upgrade

In addition, businesses in Barwon can take advantage of the following Budget commitments:

  • Lifting of the payroll tax threshold from the current level of $750,000 to $1 million by 2021-22.
  • $285 million over six years for 100,000 fee-free apprenticeships across the state
  • $10 million over four years for Aboriginal economic development opportunities

“Businesses, like sporting teams, need to regenerate their talent or they’re in trouble,” Mr Schier said. “I do that in my own business, it just makes sense to train up the next generation for our communities.”