Jobs for NSW launched to help drive 150,000 jobs
26 August 2015
Jobs for NSW, an innovative body that will drive the creation of 150,000 jobs over four years, was launched today by the NSW Premier and Minister for Industry.
The launch was held at the financial technology (fintech) hub, Stone & Chalk, which co-locates dynamic startup businesses and venture capital investors. The venue is itself an example of collaboration between the NSW Government and industry to drive innovation and create the jobs of the future.
"Jobs for NSW is a game-changer for our state and gives NSW a jobs growth strategy that leads the nation," Mr Baird said in his media release.
Following the passage of legislation through NSW Parliament a Jobs for NSW board will be created which will leverage the expertise of some of the best business minds in the nation to help drive investment and create jobs across NSW.
David Thodey to chair Jobs for NSW
Jobs for NSW has been given major impetus by the appointment of former Telstra chief executive David Thodey as inaugural chair of its board.
"NSW is the leading state in the Australian economy but for the state to remain strong and prosperous, it needs to prepare for the future and embrace innovation and rapid workplace change," Mr Thodey said.
Targeting the jobs of the future
The Jobs for NSW fund would deliver the NSW Government's commitment of $190 million over four years to support business development.
Jobs for NSW will target the jobs of the future and guide the NSW Government on how best to maximise the state's resources, talent and potentia.
30 per cent of the Jobs for NSW fund will be dedicated to regional job creation, and regional businesses will have a guaranteed voice on the jobs for NSW board.
Below is video of the media event to launch Jobs for NSW, while photos can be viewed here.