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from the president THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EDUCATED Brett Derwin, President THERE ARE ABOUT 100,000 people in our region studying at tertiary educational institutions and most are employed by business and industry. This edition of The Leader provides a snapshot of some of the education and training offered, of research and of opportunities created within those institutions. It reflects also on how this benefits business and therefore ultimately our region and country. Substantial training and education are indispensible assets for business enterprises. Ensuring that employees have this kind of background enables businesses to prepare for any challenging circumstances. It also allows businesses to assess and predict the future demands of labour, so that they can respond in an appropriate manner. This preparation may take place in a number of ways. Whilst some businesses seek to broaden the skills of all their staff, others may focus on enhancing the abilities of their older workers. In collaborating with strategic partners who offer skilled labour businesses can potentially create more attractive employment conditions. These strategic partners include TAFE, Universities, Schools, group training companies and labour hire specialists, many of which are part of the Hunter Business Chamber. The University of Newcastle is one of the Hunter region’s leading tertiary

education institutions. With campuses in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Port Macquarie, the University is wellknown for its contemporary approach to teaching and learning. Additionally, as a member of the Innovative Research Universities Network, the University is ranked 9th in Australia for research. Research partnerships have been established with leading international institutions in order to work on projects in vital areas of energy, environment, health, science and engineering. In collaborating with the industry and the community, the University of Newcastle purports to deliver local answers to global questions. As a result of this leadership in both education and research, the University is ranked in the top 4 per cent of Universities worldwide, in the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic ranking of World Universities. The Hunter TAFE Institute benefits industry in the region by offering apprenticeship and traineeships. These workforce development consultancy services assist workers in improving their skills and adapting to technological development. This enhances workplace productivity and helps businesses instigate and sustain change. The Woolworths Corporation is an example of a business that has thrived in a Hunter TAFE workforce partnership. Woolworths trains its apprentices by utilising a customised HunterTAFE MeatTrades program.

Vale Col Rogers THE CHAMBER WAS saddened to learn of the passing of Col Rogers in February. Mr Rogers, well known for his leadership of NIB for many years was also an advocate for Hunter business and was an elected Director of the Chamber from 1994 to 2004. He was an active member of the board and participated in a range of committees.

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The Leader - March 2011  

Welcome to the March issue of Hunter Business Chamber member magazine. Members of the Chamber are invited to tell fellow members and the wid...

The Leader - March 2011  

Welcome to the March issue of Hunter Business Chamber member magazine. Members of the Chamber are invited to tell fellow members and the wid...

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