Joondalup planning or future jobs

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Local high school and tertiary students turned up in big numbers to the inaugural Jobs in Joondalup event, held on Thursday 23 September at Joondalup Reception Centre.

Hosted in conjunction with Lotterywest, WA Government, Study Perth and the Joondalup Education Network, the key motivator of this FREE event was to encourage students – the future Joondalup workforce – to launch and grow their careers in Perth’s northern corridor.

“It is becoming easier than ever for students to study here and then find work within contemporary and emerging industries locally; without having to travel across the metropolitan area, interstate or overseas, as they may have had to do in the past,” City of Joondalup CEO James Pearson said.

“As we find ourselves transitioning from an economy supported by population growth to one that is driven by private and public sector investment, innovation, and entrepreneurship, Joondalup is in pole position to become a future workplace hub, based on local opportunity combined with global connectivity.

“Already, we are seeing big numbers of students supporting themselves financially through local employment, while studying at one of our world-class tertiary institutions. Often these young people will visit our CBD for retail or entertainment purposes and our coastline for recreation.

“This will increase as the flexible way we work, study and live continues to evolve.”

Industry experts in the emerging fields of medical and healthcare, construction, mining and resources, digital and cyber security and retail, hospitality and tourism addressed the audience, which included local business owners, members of industry, business support networks, stallholders, key City stakeholders and City of Joondalup officers.

Experts from Jobs Skills Centre were on hand to offer advice to students on resumes.

Stallholders included City of Joondalup Libraries, WA AustCyber, Industrial Automation Group, ECU Future Students, Job Skills Centre, Joblife, RediApps, Joondalup Resort, Vocational Training Services, RoboWest, FutureHub, the Australian Hotels Association, Quality Resort Sorrento Beach and the Australian Medical Association WA.

“By 2050, we plan for the number of jobs in the Joondalup City centre to grow to 45,000 and offer about 64,000 jobs across the whole of Joondalup. We expect to be home to a labour force in excess of 100,000,” Mr Pearson said.

“We are a City built on knowledge. And looking ahead our goal is to build Joondalup’s reputation as a place for innovation and creativity by enhancing growth across a range of sectors.  It’s hard to fathom but many of the jobs of the future do not even exist yet.

“Joondalup is ahead of the curve and with the support of the community and Council, we aim to stay in front.

“Joondalup wants to be a home for successful local businesses that bring to the table fresh ideas and create diverse employment opportunities and global connectivity.”   

The concept of Jobs in Joondalup was initiated by the Joondalup Education Network, which identified the need to connect students and job seekers to businesses and industry.

The network includes the City of Joondalup, Edith Cowan University, National Electrical College of Australia, North Metro TAFE, Joondalup Business Association, Study Perth and Australian Medical Association (AMA) Academy of WA.