SERDA Workforce Development

by Communications, 19/06/2019

SERDA, made up of Sorell, Tasman, Clarence and Glamorgan Spring Bay Councils, successfully applied to the Tasmanian Community Fund in 2018 to fund a Workforce Engagement and Development Officer. This three year role will cover the South East Region from the East Coast from Swansea down to Nubeena on the Tasman Peninsula, through Sorell and across the Coal Valley.

Andrew Hyatt was appointed to the role and has been working with our community employers, industry groups, trade training centres and registered training authorities to support, encourage and train for local employment across our region.

In the six months he has been in the role, Andrew is already having a significant impact on the region. He says he’s been very busy travelling across the region and meeting individuals, training providers and business owners. “I’ve been building my understanding of what’s currently happening and consulting with businesses on what they need and want. I’ve been connecting people with current services and identifying where the gaps are.” said Andrew.

Andrew has been working closely with the South East Trade Training Centre. “We’ve been identifying local business needs and their associated training requirements, and organised courses to address these. I’m also working with potential employers to establish employment opportunities and trends before the employees are required so that appropriate people can be trained accordingly beforehand,” said Andrew.

Andrew reports all this information back to Government to inform their planning for the region.

Andrew is also pleased to say UTAS will be running Associate Degrees in Sorell. This will allow people to study locally at the Trade Training Centre without having to travel into town to the Sandy Bay campus.

You can contact Andrew on 0488 667 898 or

Andrew Hyatt and Rick Birch, Coordinator of the South East Trade Training Centre.