Briefing report one: Skilling the bay - Geelong regional labour market profile

Tyler, M, Fairbrother, P, Snell, D and Carroll-Bell, S 2013, Briefing report one: Skilling the bay - Geelong regional labour market profile, Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work, Melbourne, Australia


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Title of report Briefing report one: Skilling the bay - Geelong regional labour market profile
Author(s) Tyler, M
Fairbrother, P
Snell, D
Carroll-Bell, S
Year of publication 2013
Publisher Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Subjects Social Change
Abstract/Summary This brief brings together data and analysis from a range of reports on the current economic status and economic future of the Geelong region. It presents a description and critical analysis of data surrounding the labour market in the Geelong region and provides a contextual overview for the larger project. The brief outlines sectors that are currently identified as experiencing employment growth, sectors that have been highlighted as potential growth areas, and sectors that are confronting significant challenges and are considered in transition or decline. The report discusses what these trends mean for economic diversification and changing employment and skill requirements. Existing reports claim that the economy of the Geelong region is increasingly becoming a diversified one. These reports consistently identify propulsive and priority industries in the region as: health and community services, retail trade, education and construction. That is, the region now has a predominantly service-based economy and is shifting away from an historic manufacturing economic base. A number of reports, however, tend to characterise Geelong's economy as being still largely defined by 'heavy' or 'dirty' manufacturing. While manufacturing does still account for a significant part of the region's economy, in particular, in terms of output and value-add, it is a sector in decline, particularly in terms of employment. Thus, there is an understanding that the Geelong economy is in transition and may be on the cusp of major change. Indeed, with traditional employers in the region such as Alcoa, Ford and Avalon Airport, planning or enacting cuts to their production and/or workforces, there is an increasing need to identify emerging industries, and to assess future skills and training needs.
Commissioning body The Gordon Institute of Technology (The Gordon), as part of the 'Skilling the Bay' initiative, on behalf of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, State Government of Victoria
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