Employment, Education & Training
Local employment, education and training opportunities are expected to grow from the Western BACE development. The services available to local businesses through the Western BACE will:
- assist in creating and sustaining employment across the region (Western BACE Funding Submission, 2012, p. 28); and,
- offer training and training spaces relevant for tenant businesses and growing businesses in the City of Melton (Western BACE Funding Submission, 2012, p. 2).
Proposed research during the planning and design and construction (with particular focus for the period to June 2014) will provide the foundation for understanding the enablers for growth in employment and the potential opportunities for education and training at the Western BACE and surrounding area.
Employment: Initial benchmarking research was implemented during the planning and design phases and the early construction phase (November 2013 – June 2014) of Western BACE. This research identified employee involvement and ‘characteristics’ (including the number of locals employed) as part of the planning and development of the Western BACE. This information provided sound data capture about the ‘characteristics’ of employees and businesses involved in the planning, design and construction of the Western BACE and shed light on the initial impact the development had on employment in the region. Relevant national data on employment trends for the region were also analysed during this period.
Education: Research examining the potential education and training needs necessary to meet the growing requirements of the region, and for the Western BACE and the wider-Toolern development will also be undertaken. Data capture in the first twelve months will identify learning aspirations, map current training service availability and identify education and training gaps for businesses and residents in the region. ABS data, together with data from City of Melton will be sourced. The goal will be to profile the training and education requirements for current and future Melton residents and those employed as part of the Western BACE and Toolern developments. This will involve initial consultations with education and training providers in the region (Victoria University; Kangan Institute; other private education and training providers) about the current/future status and provision for education and training in Melton.
Key stakeholders associated with the Western BACE and Toolern developments will be consulted to identify the future ‘education’ profile (needs analysis) of their employees. This will include consultations with City of Melton, the construction businesses associated with the BACE and Toolern developments and potential BACE tenants. Stakeholders will be asked to identify the training and education needs of future employees at the development and construction phases (immediate – for BACE; and longer term, for Toolern). This will include consideration of the training needs to meet the sustainable urban planning and development expectations of the development at Western BACE and Toolern.
Employment: The researchers identified current data about employment and related activities in the Melton region (using available statistics from national and state sources). The researchers also collected benchmark data during the planning and design phase, and the construction phase of the Western BACE to identify the role this has on employment for residents in Melton.
Research questions pertaining to employment research include:
- What is the current environment for employment and employment growth in the City of Melton? Across Victoria?
- What is the current/potential role for local (Melton) involvement with the Western BACE project?
- How is employment of Melton residents facilitated through the Western BACE project - what are the necessary ‘characteristics’ of employees that enable opportunities?
Education and Training: The researchers will identify current data about education/training status of Melton residents (using available statistics from national and state sources) and current education and training provision in the region. The researchers will also collect benchmark data to identify the future education and training needs for Melton residents to support growth in the region (at Western BACE and Toolern).
The research questions linked to education and training research include:
- What is the current education and training profile of residents in the City of Melton?
- What is the current education and training provisions for residents in the City of Melton?
- What is the scope for future education and training needs for residents in the City of Melton (in consideration of future growth in business and construction industries and beyond)?
- How can the potential education and training requirements of employees at Western BACE, Toolern and Melton residents be met?
- What are the education and training requirements for future employees necessary to support sustainable urban development?