The Springfield Regional Jobs Committee (SRJC) recently released a report analysing the career pathways of Greater Springfield residents.
The 2023 ‘Educate to Employ’ Report provides valuable insights into further education and employment opportunities especially for young people in the Greater Springfield region.
A state government initiative established in 2018, the SRJC brings together local industry groups, training providers, local and major employers, and the local council.
It is dedicated to identifying, tracking, and supporting the region’s total demand and supply of skills – including key areas of growth, opportunity, and development needs in the workforce as well as in apprenticeships and traineeships.
It also maintains an online portal listing current active job vacancies via the Springfield Jobs website.
This year’s report contains data indicating trends in tertiary education, training, and industry – both in the short term between 2022 and 2023 and long term – and was compiled by the Committee’s Liz Conroy and published in late September.
Here are some of the findings of the report.
- Springfield boasts a low unemployment rate of 2.9%, which is 1.7% below the state average.
- The CBD of Springfield Central is twice as big as Brisbane’s and hosts major retailers.
- Further growth is anticipated to cater to all demographics in an overall young and multicultural environment.
- Male-dominated industries (those predominantly staffed by men) are forecast to grow at only 60% of the pace of female-dominated industries.
- The new BioPark Australia hub and the planned expansion of the Mater Private Hospital Springfield are job growth hotspots.
- Approximately 60% of Year 12 graduates from Springfield schools primarily continued with education or training – such as commencing a Bachelor’s degree – rather than entering the workforce.
- Around 9% of Year 12 students did not continue with any education, training, or employment after graduating for reasons such as wanting a break or for health issues (although around a third of these were either looking for or waiting to begin a job or program).
Jordan MP Charis Mullen said the report was particularly helpful for families with teenage children.
“Thank you to Liz Conroy from Springfield Regional Jobs Committee for her exceptional work on developing this important document,” Ms Mullen said.
“If your child is contemplating their future career path, this report is a must read.”
The Report can be viewed by visiting the link: tinyurl.com/msmxz4ra.