Where will Logan's future jobs be?
Published: 27 July 2016
Over the next three to five years, the most readily available jobs in the City of Logan are expected to be in health care, social assistance, retail, education and training.
That was the news shared at a Future Employment Workshop hosted by the Logan: City of Choice Leadership Team at its meeting on 1 July 2016, which highlighted opportunities in the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Logan's growing health care sector, and the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
The workshop was attended by Leadership Team members, Logan City Councillors, key State and Federal Government executives and Logan City Council staff, as well senior staff from the Logan Hospital and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation.
City of Choice Leadership Team Chair, Jude Munro, said the challenge was preparing Logan City's workforce for these jobs to ensure local job seekers would be best placed to take advantage of future opportunities.
"Through the workshop, we identified where the jobs growth would occur and started to talk about how we can prepare our community - particularly our future young job seekers - to have the best chance of securing local employment," Ms Munro said.
"Our collective aim is to create effective and sustainable local job pipelines."
At the workshop, the Queensland Government announced three new pilot projects for Logan City that will kick off later this year to help coordinate workforce planning across Logan, and better connect local job seekers to local jobs. "This is excellent news for Logan, and gives us a strong platform on which to plan for the future," Ms Munro said.
Leadership Team Employment Co-Lead, John Perry, said the projected new jobs were in addition to vacancies created through staff turn-over. "We estimate these will create 14,000 job opportunities a year through Logan business, including existing retail, logistics and manufacturing sectors."
The workshop highlighted that new jobs were particularly anticipated through the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Logan in 2018/19. Key roles include disability support workers, service administration and management, and specialist practitioners. In Logan (and Redlands), this could mean up to 2,500 full-time equivalent jobs.
The Logan Hospital's school-based traineeship program was presented as a successful case study in linking local students to local jobs to address a demand-versus-supply issue.
Construction is anticipated as a jobs growth area for Logan, primarily due to the emerging communities at Yarrabilba and Greater Flagstone. Logan job seekers are also expected to benefit from the 1,500 jobs available through the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Logan City Council confirmed development applications across Logan were focused on retail and service (including healthcare), commercial and medium/light industry (including transport and logistics), and education.
Ms Munro said detailed research and analysis was now required to underpin future jobs pipeline planning.
Predicted new jobs in Logan in 3-5 years - leading sectors
Education and training
Health care and social assistance
Transport and logistics