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  • 29-Aug-2013 12:22 | Anonymous

    Shortage of business managers across five diverse business sectors

    Despite an oversupply of skilled labour in many sectors, there was a significant shortage of managers across a diverse range of industry sectors in the March quarter 2013, according to the latest Clarius Skills Indicator.

    The Indicator reveals a shortage of 3,200 skilled managers in hospitality, retail and service managers and a shortfall of 2,200 skilled advertising and sales managers.

    Kym Quick, CEO of the Clarius Group of recruitment companies, said the numbers reflected a shortage of key management skills and the urgent need to build revenue streams across these sectors.

    “Demand for managers is usually less sensitive to the fluctuations in the cycle of economic conditions as they tend to have high skill levels and extensive experience that employers are keen to retain,” she said.

    “In advertising and sales there is a heightened need for seasoned sales managers as companies trade through tough economic conditions and try develop revenue streams. There is also an increasing demand for skills to leverage the emerging and fast moving on-line and social media trends and technologies with new applications being launched almost on a daily basis.

    “While in the hospitality, retail and service industries, the shortage of managers is driven by comparatively stronger growth in retail sales, which includes sales at cafes and restaurants.”

    The new Clarius Skills Indicator predicts a closer balance next year between the number of available jobs and the supply of labour in the total workforce. The gap is projected to rise from a current oversupply of 75,000 skilled job-seekers to 84,000 in the December quarter 2013 before eventually dropping to 54,000 in the June quarter 2014.

    Clarius Group proudly released the first edition of the Clarius Skills Indicator in May 2013 off the back of the highly-publicised Clarius Skills Index.  The Indicator tracks the availability of skilled labour in the entire Australian labour market and, for the very first time, a forecast for the year ahead at a quarterly frequency is provided.

    The Clarius Skills Indicator draws on the best available data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) to measure oversupply and shortfalls for 10 major occupation categories, covering approximately half of all “white-collar” jobs (more than four million employees) or 35 per cent of the total Australian labour force.

    Alliance Recruitment is a division of Clarius Group.
  • 27-Aug-2013 12:29 | Anonymous




    Resid
    ents urged to consider local manufacturing career

    South Western Sydney residents will have a chance to learn first-hand about local career opportunities at the Manufacturing Excellence Expo from 10am to 8pm on Thursday, the 29th of August at TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi’s) Miller College.

    The free event will include:

    • Live demonstrations;
    • TAFE apprenticeships showcasing their skills;
    • A barbeque lunch; as well as
    • Opportunities to speak directly with more than 60 local manufacturers. 

    TAFE SWSi Institute Director, Peter Roberts encouraged local residents to come along and find out more about the region’s largest industry.

    “Local manufacturing offers local residents in South Western Sydney with one of the best opportunities of finding rewarding work close to home,” Mr Roberts said.

    “As the region’s largest employer, manufacturing supports the jobs of more than 67,000 people in our community.

    “Local residents can also find the training needed to build a successful career in manufacturing at TAFE SWSi, where we offer a number of courses related to the industry.”

    TAFE SWSi is one of Australia’s largest educational institutions, delivering programs to thousands of students every year in nine colleges across South Western Sydney, in workplaces all over Australia and in partner colleges in China, and the Philippines.
  • 27-Aug-2013 12:26 | Anonymous
    Castle Hill RSL announced the launch of new Apple® and Android™ mobile applications and a new mobile website created by Bally Technologies.
     

    Castle Hill RSL Group Operations Manager Brett Crastin said, “We make a continuous effort to provide our members and guests with the highest level of service possible,” “That effort includes offering them the best tools and technology on and off our venue to enhance their experience at Castle Hill RSL. Our new apps deliver convenience, information, and entertainment through a host of easy-to-use features that we can’t wait for our members and guests to use and enjoy."

    Anyone can download the apps, which are available in the Apple iTunes® store and inGoogle Play®. They enable users to:

    ·     See the current promotions in just a few clicks. 

    ·     View dining menus instantly and discover what entertainment and events are happening around the venue.

    ·     Access overhead custom GPS maps or view detailed property maps of the  venue and surrounding area.

    ·     Use the embedded smart-search bar to find content by keyword.

    ·     Bookmark information and create your own itinerary with My Castle Hill RSL

    ·     Easily reach key contacts like our friendly reception team

    ·     Check out Castle Hill RSL’s live Facebook wall feed directly from the app. 

    “We are so pleased to partner with Bally Technologies in launching this custom mobile solution to the Australian market,” said Castle Hill RSL Group President Mr Warren Glenny. “The Castle Hill RSL apps will be an incredible customer-service tool and a powerful new way to interact with and entertain our patrons.”

    Aron Ezra, Bally Technologies’ Vice President of Mobile, said, "All of us at Bally Technologies are thrilled to be working with Castle Hill on this project. These mobile   applications give people a whole new way to interact with the club and with each other  using their phones and tablets. Best of all, we're just getting started undefined you can expect these applications to continue to evolve over time as we add more features for members and visitors alike." 
     

     

  • 27-Aug-2013 12:25 | Anonymous

    On Wednesday 31st July, Castle Hill RSL launched the opening of the Luxe Lounge. The Luxe Lounge is situated on Level 1 of Castle Hill RSL, above Jin Yan Asian Cuisine.


    Sydney Hills Business Chamber members attended along with business leaders and representatives from Hills Businesses, Councilors from the Hills Shire Council and Alex Hawke MP, Federal Member for Mitchell.

     

    The Luxe Lounge is a classy pre-function lounge for events in the Lyceum and can also be used as a separate function room. The lounge is themed black and white with crystal   lighting features that can be changed to different colours. The Luxe Lounge will be used for cocktail style events offering a range of delicious cocktail food.

     

    Castle Hill RSL president Warren Glenny said, “We are excited to announce to opening of the Luxe Lounge and finally utilise this wonderful space next to the Lyceum. This pre-function lounge is very modern and classy. Outside is a long, spacious balcony, this is situated above Jin Yan Asian Cuisine.  We look forward to hosting many wonderful events here”.

     

    Lindsay Verdon, Paynter Dixon Constructions Pty Limited, Head of Hospitality and     Entertainment Venues said , “Paynter Dixon have been working with Castle Hill RSL since 1999 on many refurbishments throughout the Club's redevelopment program. The latest stage of the refurbishment, The Luxe Lounge will provide the Club with a exciting pre-function lounge for the Lyceum and also a separate function room. The strong black and white theme mixed with crystal lighting features provides a vibrant and modern addition to Castle Hill RSL”.

  • 27-Aug-2013 12:23 | Anonymous
    Introducing the limited edition Camry R recently arriving at Lander Toyota. The Camry R boasts 17” alloy wheels, front fog lamps, front sports bumper with sports grille, 6.1” touchscreen display audio, dual exhaust with diffuser and reverse camera. Priced at $35,667 + $425 for metallic paint, the Camry R is now available at Lander Toyota.
     

    Last Chance to Take Advantage of Great Offers

     

    September will also be your last chance to take advantage of Toyotathon and 0% deals. Toyotathon is your once a year chance to enjoy the bulk buying savings usually reserved for National Fleet businesses on a range of models. So you can save like a National Fleet buyer, without being one.

     

    It’ll also be your last chance to take advantage of our 0% finance offer. This once in a lifetime comparison rate is available on Camry, Camry Hybrid and Aurion ranges.

     

    For more information, visit www.landertoyota.com.au

     
  • 16-Jul-2013 12:32 | Anonymous

    At the BREED Business Centre (BBC), we are happy when our tenants leave us!  Why? Because it means that the business has grown to level where it can survive in the mainstream business world and that means we have done our job.


    BREED Business Centre provides a setting where small and developing business can establish and grow in a supportive low cost environment. Currently, there are over 20 businesses operating at the centre at different levels of maturity.


    Rally School is one such business, who has recently left the BREED Business Centre to continue growing in a commercial environment.


    Stephen Frost, BREED Managing Director said, “We do get attached to our tenants while they are with us, but our job is to help business establish and develop, which helps them move into the wider business world.


    We wish Rally School all the best in their new location.”


    Rally School is in the business of providing experiences and dreams. It provides car lovers and thrill-seekers with the chance to experience being a rally car driver. You drive an actual Australian championship rally car with a current rally car driver, as your navigator. And we’re talking an actual rally circuit, complete with dust, dirt and hair-raisingly tight bends.


    Rally School  based itself at the BREED Business Centre for six years and continued to grow in this time. 


    Katrina Wearne, Rally School Operations Manager said, “BREED provided a low cost option for us to develop.  We may not have been able to go into Western Australia so quickly if we had not been situated at BREED.


    The office space is comfortable, air-conditioned, it has natural light, carpeted and there are meeting rooms available. And most importantly, it is affordable and centrally located to other areas of Sydney.”


    “We also attended a number of functions while at the BBC and always enjoyed the annual Melbourne Cup Luncheon.”


    “In the time that we were at BREED Business Centre we have been able to expand into Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and our latest is Western Australia.”


    For more information about Rally School go to www.rallyschool.com.au or Ph 1800 208 000 and more information about the BREED Business Centre call Donna Patriarca 9853 3200 orwww.breed.org.au.

  • 15-Jul-2013 12:34 | Anonymous

    RDA Sydney and the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils have initiated a consultancy to look at user demand for Smart Work Centres in Liverpool and Blacktown in Greater Western Sydney.


    Smart Work Centres, as defined by RDA Sydney, are work spaces in the local community that can be used by individuals and organisations rather than having to travel to CBD-based offices. The model envisioned is similar to one that has been used for several years in Amsterdam and other parts of Europe and the USA.

    The Centres would be comprised of two key elements:


    • Work spaces designed for long-term use by anchor tenants.
    • Co-working space for entrepreneurs, small businesses and researchers on a casual or routine basis.

    In addition, Smart Work Centres could include business support services, child care, retail etc.


    The consultancy will look at the potential demand for these centres in Liverpool and Blacktown with a view to having sufficient information to assess the possibility of a pilot project in one of these locations. 


    For more information on Smart Work Centres, please contact Mark Wigley on 02 9890 7804 or mark.wigley@rdasydney.org.au.


    For information on other RDA Sydney projects and initiatives, visit www.rdasydney.org.au

  • 15-Jul-2013 12:33 | Anonymous

    The launch of a revitalised and authentic farmers market in Parramatta is helping to enliven one of the City’s most important spaces: Church Street Mall.

     

    The Parramatta Farmers’ Market, which launched on the 28 June, is providing residents, workers and visitors in Parramatta and Western Sydney with a fun and welcoming venue where they can purchase high-quality, fresh, seasonal produce directly from NSW-based growers and producers.

    Reflecting the region’s cultural diversity, a wide range of products are on offer from more than 20 stalls, including meat, poultry and game, fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, dairy, baked goods, honey, jams and preserves, tea and coffee, pasta, confectionary,  and plants and flowers.

    The Market demonstrates Council’s commitment to supporting local businesses and producers by providing a channel direct to consumers.

    It is expected to further raise the City’s social capital by underlining Parramatta’s status as a burgeoning destination for food lovers. With the support of Council and local producers, it’s hoped the Market will become the pre-eminent metropolitan Sydney farm-direct food venue.

    The Market runs every Friday from 7am to 2.30pm in Church Street Mall – the same site of the City’s original food market, dating back to 1791.

    The Market also highlights Council’s support in celebrating the area’s cultural diversity and sustainability. All waste products – paper, glass, plastic and green waste – will be recycled.

    A food market has been operating in Parramatta CBD since 2008 but following community consultation, Council decided to transform it into an authentic farmers’ market, with a renewed emphasis on fresh produce and local artisan producers. The new Farmers Market also aligns with Council’s City Activation Program, an initiative of the Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr John Chedid, which aims to revitalise areas of our City including Church Street Mall.

    Community feedback showed 98% of people were more likely to visit if the Market focused on fresh seasonal produce and homemade goods such as preserves, baked goods and deli foods.

    Cr John Chedid welcomed the arrival of the revitalised Market and was confident local consumers would appreciate the increase in choice of where they shopped and what they could buy.

    “I’m delighted to see the Farmers’ Market launch with such an enthusiastic response from local residents and workers,” Cr Chedid said.

    “This underlines Council’s commitment to offering more choice to consumers, to meeting the needs of our workforce and to supporting local businesses and producers.”

    For more information visit www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/FarmersMarket.
  • 12-Jul-2013 12:36 | Anonymous

    Ray Williams Parliamentary Secretary for Western Sydney has officially opened the new 256-hectare master-planned Sydney Business Park development located in Marsden Park in north-west Sydney, on behalf of the NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell.

    Click here to view the opening speech

     

    Sydney Business Park is a 256 hectare, commercial, industrial and retail ‘campus-style’ development that is setting new benchmarks in innovative design, amenity and environmental sustainability.

     

    Located in Marsden Park just off the M7, Sydney Business Park is positioned at the gateway to Sydney’s renowned North West Growth Centre.  

     

    Having attracted some of the biggest names in retail such as IKEA, Costco, Bunnings Warehouse, and Masters Home Improvement, Sydney Business Park will provide17,000 new jobs for Sydney’s west as well as supporting by an injection of approximately $350 million in new infrastructure to the area.

     

    Mr Williams said, "Sydney Business Park is nothing short of a phenomenal outcome, which through a $2 billion dollar investment will  create 17,000 new jobs for much needed employment opportunities close to home for residents of Western Sydney. 

     

    “Sydney Business Park will provide a significant boost to the local economy and be a major contributor to the success of the North West Growth Centre,” Mr Williams said. 

    The State Government’s opening of Sydney Business Park coincides with US retail giant, Costco announcing that it would open a new store at the master-planned precinct.  

     

    Costco secured a 59,830sqm (5.98 hectare) site and recently lodged a planning proposal with Blacktown City Council, which when approved and constructed, will be the retailer’s sixth store to open in Australia, and is expected to provide an estimated 250 new employment opportunities.

     

    Costco joins other major retailers, Bunnings, IKEA, and Masters Home Improvements, McDonalds and Shell which have all secured sites at Sydney Business Park. Mr Williams said, ‘ I congratulate and thank all these major enterprises who have invested so heavily in Western Sydney.’ 

     

    To support the increased development around the Richmond Road corridor and the Sydney Business Park, the State Government has invested in road infrastructure upgrades, including:

     

    • The two stage $102 million Richmond Road upgrade currently under construction. Works comprise of four major intersections and at least four lanes down to the M7.
      • Stage 1 Richmond Road upgrades commenced in February 2013;
      • Townson Road intersection will be operational by late 2013; and
      • Works are due for completion in late 2014
    • The three stage South Street Schofields Road upgrade linking Richmond Road and Windsor Road is currently underway.
      • The $65 million Stage 1 project commenced in October 2012 and is expected to finish in late 2014;
      • The upgrades will support east-west arterial connections through the North West Growth Centre from Marsden Park to Rouse Hill with integrated bus priority. 

     

    Transport Planning 

    • In December 2012, the NSW Government secured a long term transport corridor that extends the North West Rail Link corridor from the station at Cudgegong Road past Schofields Stations (Richmond Line) and into the planned Marsden Park Town Centre and Sydney Business Park
    • The new duplicated Schofields Railway station opened in October 2011
    • Existing bus connections to be upgraded to incorporate eight different routes through Sydney Business Park to surrounding area
    • Implement bus priority measures and infrastructure upgrades through the Bus Head Start Program as the growth centres develop between Mount Druitt to Schofields via Marsden Park

    The State Government’s significant regional planning and infrastructure coordination and investment in the area will further enhance Sydney Business Park’s occupier’s access to an even wider catchment of customers, suppliers and staff.

  • 05-Jul-2013 12:40 | Anonymous

    If you are a manufacturing firm located in South West Sydney, please complete this short confidential survey to help us find out about your experience in recruiting skilled workers. 

     

    The South West Sydney Manufacturing and Engineering Skills Taskforce is working with the Industrial Relations Research Centre of the University of NSW in a research project to investigate current manufacturing skills shortages and the skills that will be needed for the future.

    This research will help TAFE and other educational institutions to better tailor courses to the needs of employers. It will also help to identify how we can help companies better in their recruiting efforts.

    Click here to begin the online survey

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