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Collapse Issue 481 - 28 Oct 2019Issue 481 - 28 Oct 2019
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New Woy Woy wharf plans announced
Bowling club celebrates Kitty's birthday
Plans for new Umina Mall 'shovel-ready', says owner
Month-long consultation about Woy Woy
Man dies following head-on crash
Workshop about planning for emergencies
Secure housing found for homeless people
Work begins on Hillview St nursing home
Proposal submitted for oval facilities
Council meeting proposed to answer resident questions
Proposal for four townhouses in Allfield Rd
Five townhouses approved under delegation
Council staff urge refusal of four-storey development
Amended fence plans approved for Wards Hill Rd
Construction certificate issued for group home
Vietname Vets receive support grant
New seismic testing film to be screened at Everglades
CWA branch visits guide dogs centre
Man charged over armed robberies
Awards for pride of workmanship
New aged care activity
Vintage craft picnic
Hospital staff dress colourfully
Mobile farm visits Umina
Pensioners may benefit from free solar power
Business wins travel industry award
Business award for outstanding employer
Food pick-up available through online app
Thanks for the coverage
Place phone tower in car park
Skill shortage remains a joke
Any reason for having to dredge of Lobster Beach?
The costs of dredging
Mallard ducks have disappeared
Let's have reasoned debate, not unsubstantiated slurs
A glimpse of the future
Woy Woy student helps children's hospital
Hospital delivers produce boxes
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Blues festival accessible only by water
Marion crowned Reciter of the Year
Free open air screening
Backyard concert will feature American singer
Play tells of East German survival
Two students among top three writers
Student leaders deliver care packs
Donations of toiletries wanted
Olympian meets with sports students
First victory for women's cricket team
Bailey wins medals in bowls championships
Pelicans win medals in State championships
Men's pairs champions
Swimming club recognises life members with plaque
Surf club members meet Prince Edward
Southern Spirit struggles after strong start
Junior futsal starts
Free training for disabled surfer volunteers
Peninsula Ducks start softball season

Skill shortage remains a joke

I read that some companies are saying that there was plenty of employment opportunities on the Coast and that they were having trouble attracting staff.

Woe to them, but why can't they attract decent staff?

On a closer read, the skills they were wanting were highly specialised computer code development capabilities.

Hello! Those types of skills are very difficult to find in all of Australia, and particularly on the Central Coast.

The irony is we moved up the Coast and found ourselves "overqualified" for pretty much all the work going up here.

After six months of no success and very willing to take on much lower level work than previous.y, members of my family are still looking and I'm on the usual two hour daily commute, each way, to work in Sydney, just like most of the other highly skilled workers that live up here.

There is a lack of work opportunities on the Coast.

If people really want to seriously tackle unemployment for both the young and mature on the Central Coast, then there has to be a lot more organisations like (the former) Workcover who need move their support and back office operations from the Sydney CBD to places like Gosford.

For some reason, Parramatta seems to have been quite successful in attracting major business and investment, like Roads and Maritime Services who exited the CBD and moved their backend operations to Parramatta, joining the likes of Sydney Water, in recent years.

So, what is Parramatta doing right that the Central Coast isn't?

Until more organisations do this sort of move up the Coast, serious employment remains a long commute into the city and the notion of there being lots of work opportunities and a shortage of skilled people on the Coast is a merely a bad joke.

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