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From the Chief Executive - 21 July 2017

Submitted on Friday, 21st July 2017

This week we released our latest Survey of Business Trends and Prospects which showed 35 per cent of our surveyed members are experiencing difficulty in hiring skilled workers.

This is not a new issue facing Victorian businesses, but it does reveal how prevalent skills gaps are, with a third training their existing workers and a quarter actively seeking to hire skilled employees from competitors.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is calling for better alignment between the education system such as vocational education training and other pathways to align with what industries need to succeed.

The key is for employers to be able to recruit from a qualified and trained pool of candidates in Australia without having to look offshore to fill vital skilled roles.

Apprenticeships Support Australia, run in partnership with the Victorian Chamber, provides support at every stage of the employment cycle to improve apprenticeship commencements and completion.

We offer employers business-wide training advice and assist in recommending suitable qualifications, help with matching and recruitment of new staff, as well as ongoing coaching, mentoring and support of apprentices and trainees.

The Victorian Chamber policy and advocacy team is also looking forward to holding the next round of Government grant briefings, with events in Warrnambool, Melbourne, Narre Warren, Sale and Shepparton over the next fortnight.

These free briefings are invaluable for small to medium businesses who may have limited knowledge in the government grants and support available to them. We can provide information on the eligibility criteria, how to apply and what free support is out there to assist applications.

I encourage all of our regional members to have a look at our events page and see if this is a program they could benefit from.

Mark Stone AM

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