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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

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Workforce Training Innovation Fund – clever plus demand based for enterprises, industry sectors and regions

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Part of the bigger picture called Skills First, the Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF) is a clever example of the Victorian government seeking industry demand based proposals.

Merging economic and workforce development, the WTIF addresses business challenges, ensuring skills match to improve productivity.

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With a new level of open mindedness, there is flexibility in the approach, evidence collection, independent analysis and engagement to create realistic and pragmatic partnerships. Read More

KI

Untapped labour to support Kangaroo Island’s growth

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KIAround 4,500 people live on Kangaroo Island (KI) in South Australia.  Nearly half (40%) of the island live in one town, Kingscote.  KI’s greatest asset is its unspoiled nature, wildlife, natural produce – wines/gin, seafood, cheese, foods, and ‘true’ Australian experience.

Tourism generates 20% of the island’s employment, according to KI’s Tourism Employment Plan. Read More

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Pakistan launches TVET reform targeting youth

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For some time, Pakistan has had a TVET system that doesn’t match its requirements.  There’s no systematic approach to monitoring labour market demand.

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As a result, there’s a complexity of issues including economic demand, under utilisation of facilities, lack of autonomy, and informal sector training.  Millions of young Pakistanis enter the job market annually but lack relevant skills. Read More

42% of Tasmania’s agriculture workforce – Gen Y’s by 2020

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Agriculture in Tasmania is an important industry.  There is a high level of confidence in the state’s industry, best known for its food safety and clean, green production systems.

Agriculture, forestry and fishing accounts for almost 10% of Tasmania’s GDP (compared to around 2% nationally) and is the state’s largest sector.  Dairy, and the state’s share of national milk production, has also grown steadily over the past 10 years.

Tasmania’s cooler climate and higher rainfall also benefits the state’s stone fruit and viticulture opportunities.  As forestry investment schemes come to an end, new doors have opened for land to return to agricultural production. Read More

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TVET to put Nepal on world stage

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Nepal is one of the ten fastest nations making development gains in terms of the Human Development Index in the past four decades. Yet, half of Nepal’s population living below the poverty line while their public spending on healthcare is a tiny US $3.10 per person.

Nepal’s current education system isn’t serving the people.  As a result, the nation is failing to move forward in helping employ locals.  What’s needed is a hands-on approach to VET training that actually meets industry opportunities.

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According to Annapurna Post’s analysis, “we have to internalise that skill is our base and utilise the natural and human resources and thus raise our national productivity.  This is the only way to achieve economic and social progress and reduce poverty.” Read More