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India’s drive to upskill over half of their youth

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India, and across the Asia-Pacific region, there’s a huge push for upskilling in one area of training.  The Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) system in India needs to expand very rapidly, in order to cater for the 5-6 million youth entering the labour force every year.

Add to this a fast-growing economy and upskilling India’s 53% illiterate workforce has never been more critical.  As it stands, less than 10% of the workforce has acquired vocational skills.

India’s current skill development has four major parts:india-youth Read More

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New era defence industry workforce

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Australia’s next fleet of 12 submarines will be built in Adelaide, with the Federal Government announcing 2,800 jobs as a result. The $50 billion contract is being hailed a ‘real victory for the people of Adelaide.’

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Couple this with the recent commitment to build our offshore patrol vessels in Australia, and things are looking bright for the defence industry. Read More

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Youth programs & entrepreneurship – Maldives future

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The Maldives is a unique place where people are the most important resource – and this is starting to turn heads towards the small island nation.

Local initiatives are starting to form to combat the 11.60% unemployment rate and the high number of youth (26.50%) with no jobs.

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The country has also recognised the demand for people with technical skills, with programs being launched as possible solutions.

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Australia’s future local Government workforce needs

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Workforce planning in Local Government is essential, just like every other business and industry.  Designing a plan that fits the growing needs of the community and the changing workforce helps councils stay relevant.

Identifying skills, tailoring services, generating economic and employment opportunities should be explored to boost future growth – and the vehicle to make this a reality is through a skilled workforce.

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Local Government plays a huge role in our economy – both as an employer and in its influence within which businesses, industries and economies function. Read More

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Job creation & growth in Greater Shepparton

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A few hours’ drive north of Melbourne, Greater Shepparton boasts a $2.88 billion Gross Regional Product (GRP).  The region is on the cusp of major growth, with an expected 1.2% population rise per annum, between now and 2031.

Agriculture is facilitating this growth, especially in fruit, dairy, cattle, sheep and grain production.  Other key industry sectors include health care, social assistance and retail trade.shepparton_cow_parade

The  has partnered with the Department of Sustainability and Environment to outline a plan focused on leveraging the region’s strengths. Read More

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China’s 10 year plan for education sector reform

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In recent years, direct trade with China has contributed 5.5% to Australia’s GDP and figures have only increased.

November 2014 saw the landmark Australia China Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) launched – giving Australians the access new to the world’s second largest economy. This agreement is for all products imported via Business to Business (B2B).

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The agreement puts Australians in a competitive position in key areas such as aged care, agriculture, education, manufacturing exports, services, investment, resources and energy.  Alongside trade deals already signed with Korea and Japan, ChAFTA is the newest piece of a powerful alliance between Australia’s major trading partners in North Asia. Read More

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Australian VET sector subprime crisis triggered

By | Vocational Education and Training | 2 Comments

subprimeHow is the subprime mortgage crisis in the USA anything like what is happening with VET in Australia?  We will come to that soon, but first here is what Senator Simon Birmingham (Birmo) announced,

NEW VET Students Loans a win-win for students and taxpayers

A new Vocational Education and Training (VET) Student Loans program introduces caps from January 2017 with more stringent criteria to be a provider, and bans brokers.  It will be very interesting to see how the caps, aligned with actual costs, will be determined and what evidence will underpin decision making.

This one program will not, “… return integrity to the vocational education sector.” Read More

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Building a sustainable, capable and skilled workforce, to support the aged care industry boom

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Australia’s aged care workforce is expected to grow to nearly 830,000 by 2050.  But while it’s a growing industry, it’s facing several challenges, including an ageing workforce, the increased demand for residential care placements, flexible delivery of these services, ensuring high levels of care, and the expansion of consumer directed care (CDC).

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A major expansion of its workforce is needed, at a time when the labour market is getting tighter.  Significantly, the time to achieve that skilled and sustainable aged care workforce is now. Read More

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South Australian Budget 2016 – Workforce Focus

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Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill

This blog post focuses on the workforce opportunities in the South Australian state budget delivered by the Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis MP including employment, entrepreneurship, industry and innovation, regional support and STEM but also highlights a couple of areas that need more attention.

A new format for explaining the budget describes benefits for:

  • Business
  • Households
  • Innovation and entrepreneurs
  • Education
  • The community
  • Environment
  • Defence

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Jobs of the Future

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In a recent 4 Corners report on digital disruption and future jobs, the underpinning question was, “In the coming age of robotics and advanced IT, what will the jobs of the future be?”

Whilst there were futurists and researchers making predictions and quoting numbers or percentages of jobs that will be lost, this question requires consideration of evidence from workforce planning with employers and industry sectors, a global perspective, and grasp of the impact of new discover technologies on work.Robotics

The way to think about this is not that there is a list of ‘good’ jobs vs. ‘bad’ jobs because all jobs will be impacted by robotics, advanced IT and new discovery technologies.  Read More