Several commentators, including Western Sydney University, Deloitte and the Western Sydney Business Chamber, have identified that population growth rates in western and south-west Sydney significantly exceed job growth rates there, resulting in a worsening jobs shortage. The scale of the Moorebank Logistics Park operations will create important new jobs for the area, increasing the need for skills in logistics and related fields.
In May 2017, MIC established the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Workforce Advisory Group (MITWAG) to assist in identifying and addressing skill shortages and education and training needs generated by the development and operation of Moorebank Logistics Park. Members of the group included representatives from NSW government, local councils, industry, chambers of commerce and educational institutes.
In 208-19, the advisory group, which met regularly during the year, attended the 2018 South Western Sydney / Macarthur Apprenticeship and Trainee Expo, with MIC and Qube, to promote the precinct’s career and training opportunities to 2,000 students, parents, teachers and careers advisors.
In 2019-20, Liverpool City Council will take over the role as administrator of MITWAG. The Council has allocated funding to engage a dedicated resource to continue the work done by MITWAG to date and further develop training pathways in line with government targets for creating jobs closer to home.