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Photo: Alan Joyce, CEO, Qantas Airways and Nicholas Wyman, CEO, WPC Group Ltd
Nicholas Wyman looks at why a shortage of middle-skilled workers (such as electricians, chefs, carpenters, auto mechanics and welders) is resulting in diminished growth prospects for our economy. Why is this so and how can we fix it?
Australia has enjoyed a relatively robust economy and low unemployment rate for several years. Our success, however, has created a problem of a shortage of middle-skilled workers.
Nicholas discusses how we can close the Gap and what we can do to help reduce youth unemployment.
Nicholas explains how the current government programs are faring.
I would like to invite you to join this very exciting initiative. The ‘green economy’ will require both new skilled occupations and skills development in traditional occupations. The ‘green economy’ will grow through the creation and expansion of innovative organisations that offer solutions based on new cultures, new skill sets, and efficient technologies.
There are three drivers for this innovation: global warming and measures to address climate change - decarbonisation of the economy; customer demand for products and services that minimise their environmental footprint - supply chain solutions for mitigating risk and enhancing reputational value and; the need to restore and rehabilitate environmental mistakes of the past. These drivers will give rise to real employment opportunities.