At its February meeting Chamber members stated that one of their major challenges for 2014 was finding and retaining skilled staff. With an aging population, new skill requirements and brain drain to the cities businesses in the Albury region are struggling to attract younger staff and keep staff overall.
The Chamber has been working with NSW Business as part of its Advisory Council to start the conversation in regards to training, skill development, staff attraction and retention.
In the March 2014 NSW Business Chamber Business Conditions Report its shows regional businesses are struggling.
“Regional businesses are facing even more difficult conditions, with weaker sales and profits, and greater difficulty accessing suitably qualified staff” said Ben Foly Regional Manager Murray Riverina NSW Business Chamber.
“Of particular concern, is that almost half of our regions respondents are finding it difficult to fill job vacancies. Skills shortages continue to be a major concern for our regions employers and won’t disappear anytime soon according to these results, so my advice to employers is to grow your own. There are opportunities for businesses to partner with their local schools to provide opportunities for work placement students which can in turn become a real win-win for all concerned,” Mr Foley said.
Is your business struggling to attract, train and retain skilled staff ? Contact the Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce today and share your story so we can represent your business in the region.