Drive to attract knowledge jobs in western Sydney

ATTRACTING "knowledge jobs" to western Sydney will be a priority for the government in 2014, deputy premier Andrew Stoner has said.

Mr Stoner, who is also the Trade and Investment Minister, told a business forum last week that the government would try several initiatives to drive investment in high-value jobs to the region.

The government would work with the NSW Business Chamber to investigate ways to link research and industry with a focus on advanced manufacturing, he said.

Another plan involves developing globally competitive supply chains with a new $1.4 million "supply chain accelerator" pilot program.

Sydney Business Chamberdirector for western Sydney David Borger said he was optimistic about the plans but he realised the challenges ahead.

"I think the real challenge is in attracting knowledge jobs to western Sydney," he said.

"These jobs create a lot of other jobs for people, like lawyers and cleaners for instance."

Mr Borger said the challenge was in showing employers, investors and government departments that western Sydney could be a home base for highly skilled workers.

He cited Westmead as an example of a high density, high-skilled and educated workforce that could be tapped by employers.

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