Pacific Labour Market Analysis to address skills gaps in Nauru

The Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) together with the Government of Nauru conducted a Pacific Labour Market Analysis (PLMA) workshop on 20 November 2019, at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Campus in Nauru.

Facilitated by experts in labour market analysis from Australia, the workshop aimed to identify labour market needs, future workforce trends and skills gaps in Nauru. This follows is the latest in a series of workshops held across the Pacific to identify areas of skills needs for employment in the region, to support local labour requirements, respond to labour mobility opportunities, and support net skills gain for Pacific island countries.

Representing the Government of Nauru during the workshop, Chief Secretary Mr Bernard Grundler envisioned that this workshop will identify skills gaps in areas for locals to access further training through APTC or Nauru TVET and support the implementation of the Government of Nauru’s National Sustainable Development Plan.

“The PLMA was useful for everyone to share their current labour market data and together draft a national training profile for Nauru. This will help prepare the national workforce for future work,” Mr Grundler said.

APTC Country Director for Vanuatu and Nauru, Ms Anna Naupa, said she was pleased to see this PLMA workshop being conducted and hopes to see more training delivered to Nauruan nationals to ensure that training provided targets the sectors most in need for Nauru’s sustainable development and prosperity.

“The process of gathering relevant labour market data is extremely important for us to inform the training programs we deliver and align these programs to the current and future labour market needs,” Ms Naupa said.

The PLMA will collate relevant existing and new data to formulate a national skills profile by occupation, qualification and outcome, which will then inform APTC’s training and development plans to target priority sectors and assist training partners to address demand for skills in the short, medium and long-term.

More than 20 representatives from the Nauru Government, training providers, industries and donor partners attended the half-day workshop.

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