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

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Future-evolving roles in the Pharmacy workforce

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The pharmacy industry plays a central role in community, primary health care.  The Department of Health estimates 300 million prescriptions will be dispensed by Australian pharmacies in 2016-17.

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In the past ten years, the traditional pharmacy model has been challenged by discount pharmacies and supermarkets – with promotions to get customers, ‘franchising as a business model and big-box discounts’. Read More

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Botswana to invest 21% of spending into vocational education

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Botswana has transformed itself from one of the poorest countries in the world to one of the fastest growing economies – from a bleak $70 GDP per capita in the late 1960s to the current $18,825 GDP per year.

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Mining, cattle and tourism drive the economy.  Its high gross national income gives it a comfortable standard of living for two million population.
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Driving Darwin’s economic growth through workforce attraction and retention

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A 20-year blueprint to develop Northern Australia as an ‘economic powerhouse’ is set to transform Darwin.  $600 million will be dedicated to roads, in addition to the $100 million beef roads fund, and $200 million will go to water infrastructure.  There will also be a $5 billion concessional loans facility. Read More

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A small country with a big challenge to overcome – Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka is a small country with a large, yearly population growth rate.  As it stands, this little island is home to 20.48 million people – close to the population of Australia.

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Stick fishermen of Sri Lanka.

And for the youth of Sri Lanka, it’s tough.  They’re unskilled and over a quarter (25.1%) of them are unemployed.  It’s a huge challenge the country is working to tackle, and if Sri Lanka plans to sustain their annual 8% GDP growth goal, a highly skilled workforce is needed. Read More

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How the Pilbara is sustaining a growing population and workforce

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The Pilbara is buzzing with economic opportunities.  It’s a socially inclusive region that covers over 500,000 square kilometres in Western Australia – one of the state’s most ancient natural landscapes.

The Pilbara Development Commission is leading the charge to development the region’s economic base, improve social infrastructure, and sustain a rapidly growing population.newman_pilbara_western_australia

The New Pilbara

Work, live, visit or invest.  The new Pilbara is a place for everyone.  And it’s no wonder the population is rapidly increasing.  Recent ABS numbers suggest that Pilbara is growing into a ‘young, cosmopolitan’, region attracting 20-44 year olds. Read More

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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