Elon Musk

The Elon Musk effect: putting South Australia on the map

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The world’s biggest lithium battery, three times more powerful than any other on Earth, will be built in South Australia. Earlier this month, Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, announced news of the 100-megawatt battery which will store energy near Jamestown.

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Premier Jay Weatherill announced the South Australian government had accepted the “historic agreement” with Tesla and French renewables company Neoen. Read More

Aged care

Improved development enables better design of the healthcare system for medicine, nursing & allied health

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According to the Future Healthcare Journal, medical education doesn’t prepare young doctors for the rapidly changing medical landscape.

The current response to change is a ‘reactive and resource-intensive effort’, rather than interprofessional clinical and non-clinical training.  There’s an opportunity to incorporate a philosophy and style that accommodate innovation, communication, and change – with one single educational body bridging undergraduate and postgraduate instruction.Aged care

Postgraduate medical training needs to be a flexible, responsive training curriculum for the workforce.  Education needs to teach students how to adapt and encourage innovation. Read More

Taiwan

Taiwan’s reforms to education positioning the island nation on the world stage

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The Taiwan education system produces students with some of the highest test scores in the world, with a near-perfect literacy rate of 98.70%.  Recent reforms now mandate a 12-year schooling period for the Taiwanese.

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However, there’s concerns about emphasis being placed on memorisation and examination, instead of creativity.  This leads to graduates who test well but lack critical thinking required in the ‘real world.’ Read More

Industry 4.0: the fourth industrial revolution

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Industry 4.0 is the automation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the digitisation in manufacturing with machine-to-machine and human-to-machine communication.  It includes the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and cyber-physical systems.

Industry_4.0_NoText (1)A ‘smart factory’ works by the cyber-physical systems monitoring physical processes, creating a virtual copy to make decentralised decisions.  Via the IoT, the cyber-physical systems ‘talk’ to each other and humans, in real time.  This trend is now affecting almost every industry across the world and how businesses are run. Read More

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Pre-empting the South Australian State Budget

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With the South Australian budget to be handed down tomorrow, let’s look forward to a refocus on current and future job opportunities, considering economic, environmental, social and workforce development needs.

And how might the state with significant unemployment rates do this?SAHMRI_Adelaide_SA

Firstly by understanding employment and job demand, where are the current and future jobs, how are jobs changing and what skills are required.  Making it easier to employer new people with more measures like the Job Accelerator Grant Scheme are expected. Read More

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Adelaide & Austin: ‘Sister’ cities achieving big things

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Sister city partnerships can play a new role in the global economy.  Two ‘sisters’ Adelaide (South Australia) and Austin (Texas) are a perfect example of how collaboration can help develop both local economies – piggybacking off each other’s strengths.

Both cities have climate, geographical and economic similarities.  There’s a high quality of life, affordable housing, quality healthcare, a well-educated workforce, a strong music and arts scene, and many other mirroring attributes.

IMG_7687Currently, Adelaide and Austin are working on Smart City strategies, including hosting large events and festivals.  Both identify future jobs and 21st Century capabilities across education, entrepreneurship, events, film, innovation, music, and workforce.  There’s a strong startup and arts scene in both, such as the Adelaide Film Festival, Entrepreneurs Week, Fringe Festival, Open State and Austin’s SXSW.

The tangible benefits of sister-city relationships lie in trade and economic development, international education, cultural exchange, knowledge and information sharing, and tourism. Read More

Apprenticeship

‘Elephant’ in the room for Australia’s VET sector

By | Australian Apprenticeships, Training Packages, Vocational Education and Training | 6 Comments

Whilst Australia’s VET sector has been plagued with poor behaviour and outcomes for students over VET FEE-HELP there was an elephant in the room at the recent COAG Industry and Skills Council meeting.

With discussion on the recent budget announcement about the Skilling Australians Fund aiming to prioritise apprenticeships and traineeships in high demand there are two key questions to ask:

  1. what evidence do we have of demand? and;
  2. the fund, “…will be financed by the Government’s reforms that require employers who nominate foreign workers under the new Temporary Skill Shortage visa and certain permanent visas to pay a Skilling Australians Fund contribution from March 2018.”

That seems like a very precarious link!Apprenticeship

Council highlighted that, “Importantly project proposals will need to demonstrate engagement with, and support from, employers and industry.”

Which relates to the ‘elephant’ … Read More

Global skills

The global skill ecosystem: Could Australia be the engine of growth?

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The digital and technological divide between employee skills and employer needs continues to grow.

When we talk of today’s skill needs, it’s in a global context.  The skills gap is of international concern, as companies struggle to find (and keep) talent.  There’s a mismatch that needs to be addressed.

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Self driving car

Adelaide ramps up for the autonomous vehicle industry

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RDM Group, UK-based autonomous transport company, has chosen Adelaide for its Asia-Pacific HQ.  The world-class Tonsley Innovation District will be RDM’s base, with the long-term plan to ‘create a bespoke assembly facility in Adelaide that will supply vehicles direct to customers across the entire region.’Self driving car

RDM’s CEO David Keene hopes the South Australian production facility could produce hundreds of ‘pods’ (low-speed autonomous transport) every year.  The ‘pods’ transport individuals and small groups without drivers, using a combination of six cameras, three lidar sensors, and two radars for navigation. Read More