German Apprentices

The world looks to Germany’s successful dual apprenticeship model

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German ApprenticesGermany is a world leader in TVET reform and progress.  It’s always been an important part of the education system in Germany.  In 2014 alone, over half a million students went through Germany’s dual model TVET system, which pairs firm-based training with a school component.  But, it’s the country’s broader qualification structure that sets it apart. Read More

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Workforce Planning from Adelaide, South Australia to Austin, Texas

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Have you ever had an experience that takes a little while to digest?  An experience with some many wonderful things that it can be challenging to know where to start?  And just starting means reviewing your ‘notes’ on social media, turning insights into blogs, following up many emails and proactively suggesting what comes next.

IMG_7896To top off a remarkable SXSW 2017, meeting Lee Rector, Director, Texas Workforce Investment Council, Office of Governor Greg Abbott for discussion over lunch was outstanding. Read More

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TVET: the answer to employing Myanmar’s 1 million youth

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Rapid economic development is on Myanmar’s horizon.  Experts have predicted an 8.4% annual GDP growth for the nation this year – a ground-breaking growth rate, up from 5.9% in 2011.  Technology trends and large amount of relatively-free moving capital are to thank for Myanmar’s recent (and continual) growth.

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But, as it stands, the country’s workforce simply doesn’t match the increasing economic demand.

Until 1996, all of Myanmar’s vocational schools were organised under one umbrella. This created a large gap in education and training available for mid-level technicians. Read More

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Smart cities, internet origins, gig economy, Artificial Intelligence, new jobs and the future of work at SXSW 2017

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Smart cities discussion over a breakfast session, focused on GIS, housing, transport, access, equity and workforce development with colleagues from @texas_univ @acltv and links with the work being undertaken by the City of Adelaide @AdelaideSmart.

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A well timed tweet resulted in a connection and chat with @scraigwatkins Professor, Moody College of Communication, The University of Texas Austin to talk about collaboration opportunities. Read More

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Human connections enhanced by gamification, block chain, pod casting, space, self driving cars and bots at SXSW17

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Human connections at the SXSW registrants lounge with fellow South Australians, and human-focused design, taking boring content and turning it into games whilst changing behaviour, featured in a framework for actionable gamification in the first SXSW interactive session.

Like Waze’s snake monster where user generated content beat the traffic – this approach could work well for the Real Day Out (RDO) and so could Collection Sets at RDO stops.IMG_7697 Read More

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1.6+ billion dollars of investment, regional skills and Australia Wide story on the ABC

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A recent dinner in Euston on 1 March 2017 was a highlight as it was an opportunity to celebrate all that the region has achieved in implementing the Robinvale Agribusiness Workforce Development Strategy.

Back in 2014, a “Celebrating Innovation Sunraysia Agribusiness Summit’ was held with sessions including ‘The changing nature of workforce development in Australian Agribusiness – Building the skills base of Sunraysia’.  The momentum from the forum and the identification by industry, employers, education providers and community stakeholders spurred on the development of the strategy and action plan.

In terms of GDP and major investment, this is a region that punches above its weight, where unemployment has also been high and this unique collective impact with community, business and government is making a huge difference.

So much so that the region has been highlighted on ABC’s Australia Wide. Read More

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National Innovation and Science Agenda underpinned by research capability

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A blueprint has been launched to encourage future investment decisions in research infrastructure.  The Australian Government has funded it to help position researchers with better accessibility to world-class infrastructure.

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The commitment to prioritise research infrastructure needs will roll out over the next 10 years. And it all starts with the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap. Over 300 written submissions were received from all over Australia in the first stage alone. Read More

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Education inclusion ticket to Ecuador’s development

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Education, vocational training, and life skills are what Ecuador needs to thrive, according to the World Economic Forum.  All Ecuadorians must have 21st century skills to succeed in their fast-evolving global digital economy.

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Literacy and numeracy skills, as well as collaboration, creativity, and problem solving skills could help take the country to new horizons.  As it stands, for people in Ecuador there is a gap in the education they need. Many countries in Latin America rely on volunteers to teach English, yet this isn’t sustainable. Read More

Thailand

Reformation of Thailand’s TVET system – apprenticeships, women and innovation

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All eyes are on Germany’s reformation of Thailand’s vocational education system – using TVET as a foundation to work up the ranks from apprentice to Managing Director.

As it stands, there are 426 colleges in Thailand, with the equivalent number of private colleges.  While there’s adequate facilities for locals, the country faces ongoing issues.

ThailandRecently, the Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) invested in an extra 14,000 teachers to fill the ongoing shortage issue – but low salaries do little to retain quality staff and informal training.  And there’s a stigma attached to TVET, with Thai families encouraging a bachelor’s degree, instead of building vocational skills. Unfortunately, some students graduate with a standard degree and struggle to find work. Read More

Adelaide

South Australia sets the scene with Small Business Statement & Innovation focus

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Small business has always been a key driver in the state’s economy. Innovation isn’t just a ‘nice to have’, but rather essential, for South Australia’s growth.

New innovation grants have been added to the 2016 Annual Small Business Statement – as the state continues to shake off its perception of Adelaide being a place that’s conservative with little opportunity.

With a greater connection between the SA Government and industry associations, small businesses with have the support they need to reach interstate and international market places.Adelaide Read More