Focusing on the Future: Central West and Orana NSW is set to grow!

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Focusing on the Future: Central West and Orana NSW is set to grow!

BY Skillset 08 Jul, 2020

The Central West and Orana regions are the most diverse regional economies in NSW with vibrant cities and towns, providing an abundance of career and lifestyle opportunities, especially as more people relocate to regional areas.

Our Key industries in Central West and Orana:

  • Transport & Logistics
  • Agribusiness
  • Tourism
  • Mining & Renewables
  • Service Sector


Millennial’s¬†are moving to regional areas

The report, “Big Movers: Population Mobility in Australia” by the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) looks at the population movements between the last two national censuses. In fact, 1.2 million people moved to and around areas outside the capital cities.

The report also found more regionally-based millennial’s – people aged between 20 and 35 years old – stayed in the country and moved to other regional areas in Australia rather than shifting to capital cities.

Sydney, Australia’s biggest city, lost more millennial’s to regional areas than it gained during 2011 – 2016.

“Millenials are younger, they’re enthusiastic, and they’re often in the early stages of family formation, so if that happens, they’ll make deep roots in those communities and stay on for a long-time.”
Regional Australia Institute (RAI) chief economist and report co-author Dr Kim Houghton


What are the benefits when people move to our regional communities?

  • Increased demand for products & services
  • Industry development across sectors
  • More jobs opportunities
  • Increasing skills in our regions
  • Increase in school enrollments
  • Greater community involvement
  • Infrastructure investment
  • Improved livability


What is the future for our regional communities?

There are many positives for regional areas as we continue onto economic recovery. Simon Kuestenmacher is a Co-Founder and Director of research at The Demographics Group and is predicting that regions will be the winners. These are the predictions:

  • The local manufacturing sector will become more self-reliant. The regions provide cheaper industrial land and more affordable accommodation for workers. The resurgence of manufacturing will bring new jobs to regional Australia.
  • The agriculture sector, and regional towns will see further investment in the future. Our agriculture sector easily produces enough food for all 25 million residents and 70% of agriculture products produced in Australia are exported.
  • We will see increased infrastructure spending because connectivity is the key to success for regional towns. We have already seen significant investment into a number of regional projects including the Parkes Special Activation Precinct and the Inland Rail.
  • Australians will be cautious of dense living arrangements and gravitate towards lower density. This trend will be intensified by the large millennial cohort entering the family formation stage, seeking affordable housing, improved lifestyle and cost of living.


What can businesses do to take advantage of regional growth opportunities?

  • Create a long-term strategy for your business to take advantage of regional growth.
  • Identify future opportunities for your business to be at the forefront of opportunity.
  • Contribute to the conversation and promote that regional NSW is the place to grow and prosper.
  • Invest in your people and their skills to build a reputation as an employer of choice.
  • Keep informed of the latest news and developments for the Central West and Orana regions.
  • Support local!


Fostering Talent Through Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Skillset is honoured to announce we had five finalists, including two winners at the 2020 Western NSW Training Awards event held on July 1. The Training Awards are a prestigious event recognising outstanding achievements in vocational education and training (VET). Skillset, in partnership with our host organisations, are proud to support our apprentices and trainees throughout their training as they embark on long-term and valuable careers.



Jordan Ticehurst completed an apprenticeship in Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade, at Host Employer, Thales Australia – Lithgow Arms. Jordan sought a career in an industry that is ever-changing and where he could use his problem solving and creative thinking skills. Jordan has excelled in his training and is now completing a robotics and mechantronics degree whilst working full-time at Thales.




Reece Oldfield completed a Certificate III Surface Extraction Operations traineeship at Host Employer, Moolarben Coal Operations.

Reece embarked on a career in Mining because he wanted to obtain transferable skills and greater career development in an industry which could take him across the globe. Reece is also actively involved in his community as a member of the Rural Fire Service and Rylstone Show Committee.


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