The Driving Force of Regional Skills

Posted: 11th Dec

Driving Force of Regional Skills 

In mid 2019 the Regional Skills Investment Strategy (RSIS) funding was awarded to the Scenic Rim Regional Council. The RSIS project closely aligns with the workforce development intent of the Scenic Rim Regional Prosperity Strategy 2020-2025 and fundamentally exists to drive significant economic outcomes, job containment and growth, and lifestyle and liveability outcomes for the Scenic Rim. Part of the Regional Skills Investment strategy was to form a reference group to guide skills development and employment outcomes for the region.  

The group consists of business leaders from across the Scenic Rim regionLocal, Queensland and Australian Government agencies. The reference group members have played a major role in supporting the development and delivery of skills development and employment creation programs to the businesses in the Scenic Rim. 

Since the RSIS project commenced in 2019, 338 employers across the Scenic Rim's agriculture, health and allied services, tourism and hospitality sectors have engaged with it, securing 176 training outcomes and 139 employment outcomes. 

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said the RSIS project, which is funded by the Queensland Government's Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) for two years until June 2021, was making a significant difference in the Scenic Rim. 

'Council is committed to helping support our local businesses and create valuable jobs for local people'. 

Members of the RSIS reference group for 2019 / 2020: 

  • Australian Lawn Concepts  
  • A J Bush 
  • Cedar Creek Lodges 
  • Scenic Rim Brewery
  • Beaucare
  • Kooralbyn Resort
  • Discount Drug Store Beaudesert 
  • Whiddon Star Aged Care 
  • Your Town
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council 
  • Department of Employment Small Business and Training 
  • Department of Education Skills and Employment  

The outcomes for 2020 include:  

  • Development of the Scenic Rim Jobs Fest 
  • Establishment of business resilience programs
  • Business Breakfast
  • Business mentoring programs 
  • Connection to over 330 businesses 
  • Connecting schools to industry
  • Support in the development of Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiatives
  • Establishment of the Regional Skills Investment Strategy Reference Group
  • Development of the World of Work Business and Careers Expo 2021
  • Support  the placement of workers in the Agricultural sector with Moffatts Carrots and Kalfresh
  • Support in the placement of employees in the tourism and hospitality sector 

The reference group members look forward to supporting future programs that will increase education and skills across the region and  would like to wish the business and broader community of the Scenic Rim a very happy holiday season and a prosperous 2021.