At least 20 skilled trades and professions are in high demand across the Central West.
Business NSW says they include trades ranging from welders to carpenters and plumbers, health professions including nursing and speech pathologists, manufacturing workers including heavy vehicle and bus drivers and hospitality roles including chefs and retail store managers.
It has welcomed the new government initiative, JobTrainer, which is aimed at training young people and re-training people who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic to help fill the shortages.
Regional manager for Western NSW Vicki Seccombe said the skills shortages had existed before COVID-19 and they were still in demand now.
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"Business NSW's 2019 Workforce Skills Survey reported that almost 60 per cent of Western NSW businesses were experiencing a skills shortage of approximately two full time employment roles," she said.
"The main reason for the shortage was being unable to find staff with the right skills or knowledge."
She said Business NSW had called for a youth jobs guarantee after a review of young people and skills had revealed some alarming findings.
"Assisting people to increase their skills is critical through this difficult period."
The $320 million JobTrainer package will be funded by the federal and state governments.
SKILLS IN DEMAND
Trades and construction: Welders and fabricators, auto electricians, fitters and boilermakers, carpenters, electricians, all automotive trades, plumbers, estimators and project managers.
Manufacturing: Heavy vehicle, bus and tipper drivers, production staff and managers.
Hospitality, Retail and Tourism: Chefs, venue and cafe managers, retail store managers
Health and Community Services: Nurses, support workers, caseworkers and care managers, aged care workers, pathologists and speech therapists.
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