Where is demand likely to grow? Industry

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Areas of industry growth hold significant implications for all TAFE NSW provision. In relation to mature age students, the gaps that currently exist also foreshadow the types of incremental pathways that will need to be developed to support those with low level skills and qualifications towards intermediate skill sets and qualifications.
Table 1: Top ten fastest growing industries

compared with current TAFE NSW mature age enrolments


TAFE NSW Field of Study

1. Electricity, Gas and Water Supply

1. Access

2. Accommodation Cafes Restaurants

2. General Education

3. Health and Community Services

3. Business Services

4. Property and Business Services

4. Building Services

5. Education

5. Primary Industry

6. Personal and Other Services

6. Information Technology

7. Finance and Insurance

7. Hospitality Services

8. Transport and Storage

8. Administration Services

9. Cultural and Recreation Services

9. Fine Arts

10. Communication Services

10. Electrotechnology

Source: NIEIR, Employment Projections for NSW 2005-2010, October 2005

and TAFE NSW Enrolments Statistics
In absolute terms, employment is predicted to grow most in Property and Business Services (30,000 new jobs per annum) and Health and Community Services (30,000 new jobs per annum) until 2010. Large numbers of new jobs are also predicted for Retail Trade (almost 30,000 new jobs per annum) followed by Construction (13,700 new jobs per annum), and Accommodation, Chefs and Restaurants (11,700 new jobs per annum). These five areas are predicted to provide more than 80% of Australia’s new jobs over the next five years (Australian Jobs, 2005 and DEWR, 2006). These projections largely correspond with those of the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research except those projections relating to retail trade.

Figure 1: Average annual employment growth rates by industry, NSW, 2005-2010

Source: NIEIR, Employment Projections for 2005-2010, October 2005.

The fastest growing areas by occupation relate to the professions. When considered in relation to the enrolment patterns of mature age students, this area of growth highlights the distance that needs to be bridged between many mature age people who are low skilled and the expanding areas of the economy.
Table 2: Fastest growing occupation levels

compared with ranking of TAFE NSW mature age enrolments by award

Growth by Occupational Level

TAFE NSW Level of Award

1. Professionals

1. Statement of Attainment

2. Associate Professionals

2. Accredited Short Course

3. Managers and Administrators

3. Certificate III

4. Elementary Workers

4. Certificate II

5. Intermediate Workers

5. TAFE Statement

6. Labourer

6. Certificate IV

7. TAFEPlus Statement

8. Certificate I

9. Diploma Level

10. College Statement

Source: NIEIR, Employment Projections for NSW 2005-2010, October 2005

and TAFE NSW Enrolments Statistics
It is important to note that the bulk of NSW employment remains in lower skilled occupations. Paradoxically, despite the prevalence of skills shortages, many workers with qualifications are employed in lower level jobs. In 2005, 35% of workers with a Certificate III or IV were in jobs requiring a Certificate II or less. On the one hand, this suggests a mismatch between the demand for skills and the type of skills being developed. Equally, however, it could be that those with Certificate III or IV qualifications were not in a position to compete for the higher level positions without further skill development and instead were competing for the lower level positions. This suggests that there is a need for skill sets and incremental pathways that lead people to higher qualifications in those types of jobs where employment will be growing.
igure 2: Forecast Employment Growth by ASCO Major Group NSW, 2005-2010

Source: NIEIR, Employment Projections for NSW 2005-2010, October 2005.
NSW regions have not shared equally in jobs growth which has been strongest along the Coast. New England and Western New South Wales are projected to continue to experience low levels of employment growth (DET Submission to IPART Review, p6).

Over the next five years, demand for labour in all occupational groups will be greater in metropolitan NSW than in non-metropolitan areas, with the exception of labourers, where employment growth is projected to be stronger outside cities (DET Submission to IPART Review, p6). This forecast needs to be considered alongside the pattern of enrolments for mature age people in TAFE which indicate a greater proportion of mature age people among the TAFE populations of rural and regional Institutes.

igure 3: Distribution of forecast employment growth by DET Regions, 2005-2010

Source: NIEIR, Employment Projections for NSW 2005-2010, October 2005.

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Prepared by TAFE Educational Capability in consultation with counsellors, course information officers and other staff from across TAFE NSW. Research undertaken by Derek Waddell.

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