Western Sydney has a young demographic profile, providing an agile and educated workforce for industries investing in the Aerotropolis.
Western Sydney is a culturally diverse region of Sydney linked to communities across the world, with more than 200 languages spoken. More than 35 per cent of residents speak a language other than English at home.
This population is set to grow by almost 500,000 people over the next 20 years, attracting a wider range of skills to the region.
The development of the Aerotropolis will attract a quality workforce with a wide range of skills to the region. The New South Wales Government has committed to delivering the best in education and skills training opportunities for residents, and by 2031 is planning for more than half of all new jobs in Sydney to be created in Western Sydney.
To make this a reality, plans include constructing new schools and a vocational education and training facility to align with the high-skilled businesses and industries of the Aerotropolis.
The government is seeking industry partners to invest in tertiary educational institutions, allowing direct links to training and access to the expanding workforce.
While high-quality education, training and research facilities already exist in Western Sydney, current and future developments include:
- 11 new and relocated schools and 21 major upgrades are already in planning, design or construction following an investment of more than A$700 million by the New South Wales Government.
- By 2020, the New South Wales Government will call for proposals from leading global universities and industries to establish an Aerospace Institue in the Aerotropolis.
- Greater funding for apprenticeships, traineeships and pre-vocational qualifications across Western Sydney will support skills development.
- A Skills Exchange near the Western Sydney Airport will support training delivery and career pathways for the many jobs expected to be supported in the construction phase of the Airport.
Universities have a strong presence across Western Sydney
Sydney is home to highly ranked universities and is one of the most popular destinations in the world for international students.
Western Sydney is leveraging this thriving sector. New campuses are under construction. High-growth tech business incubators are being rolled out. Universities are building significant connections to hospitals in the area, creating health and research precincts.
The New South Wales Government has a vision to achieve a ring of university cities in Western Sydney in collaboration with the university sector.
- Western Sydney University has campuses at Penrith, Campbelltown, Richmond and Liverpool.
- The University of Sydney campus in Camden provides an extensive network of farms and research units, which conduct veterinary teaching, plant breeding and agricultural research.
- The University of Wollongong opened a Liverpool campus in 2017, with courses in computer sciences, law and information systems.
- The University of Sydney has a clinical school at Westmead, and in 2016 committed to contribute more than A$60 million of funding for new education facilities, upgrades to existing spaces, and a suite of new academic programs.