Skills Needs Analysis
Food and Agribusiness Solutions assists individual businesses, industry sectors and whole industries to identify their workforce development needs. These research pieces are not confined to state or territory boundaries and may involve several related sectors or industries.
Skills Needs Analysis is a proven process of gathering real-time data on skill gaps within a business or industry. The participating business, sector or industry can then use that data to manage or eliminate any skill gaps and address other workforce issues including the attraction and retention of workers. A likely outcome is identifying the training requirements of the target group’s workers.
Over the last four years, we have undertaken Skills Needs Analyses and broader workforce planning assistance to businesses and industry sectors, including the:
- NSW North Coast horticulture sector
- Tasmanian fruit industry
- Northern Australia farming, cattle and forestry industries (Northern Territory plus the East Kimberley)
- Northern Territory seafood industry
- Australian baking industry
- Australian landscaping industry
- the largest fish wholesaler in the southern hemisphere
- micro and small to medium (SME) businesses such as small food processors in the Riverland (South Australia)
- the hatchery sector of the aquaculture industry which use state-of-the-art breeding/genetics technology
Typically, the studies focus on:
- Demographic and other data such as production rates and intensions of the target sector/industry
- Labour attraction and retention policies, practices, expectations and barriers
- Current and future skill needs of entry level, field/floor workers and the management team
These projects are commonly labelled a labour analysis, skills needs analysis or workforce development review and involve three components:
- desk top research
- surveys, and
- consultation with industry stakeholders.