Developing 21st Century Workforces and World-class VET systems

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Queensland Budget – forecasting economic growth strongest of all

The first thing that stands out in the Queensland Government’s Budget 2016-17 are the Regional Action Plans that mostly align with Local Government Areas and outlines an economic snapshot with a summary of investment for major projects, events, industry sectors and business attraction.  This kind of information is very useful for those in economic development, education, employment, higher education, regional development, and Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Mackay_bulk_sugar_terminalBut what would be even better is a Workforce Action Plan to match the Regional Plans and ensure that the plan for growth has a workforce to match.  This would engage industry leaders and employers in developing local strategies for skills development for the 21st Century.  Perhaps this could be one of the roles played by Jobs Queensland that is future workforce planning for each region based upon the action plans.

Let’s look at the budget in more detail, pulling out those areas of interest from the original budget papers and documents. Continue reading

Insights on Engaging Employers in Skills Development for the 21st Century

The Australian Government, Department of Education and Training, together with the OECD, hosted a workshop on Engaging Employers in Skills Development for the 21st Century on 2-3 June 2016 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

With around 100 colleagues from France, Canada, South Korea, New Zealand and all states and territories this unique event had a programme that included:IMG_0903

  1. Local strategies for improving employer engagement in apprenticeships and other work-based training opportunities
  2. Helping employers engage with young people and career guidance
  3. International lessons on engaging with employers in emerging economies – Southeast Asia and India
  4. The future of work and the implications for skills development
  5. Leading practice in work-based learning: national and international perspective

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How do you measure the impact of training?

If you are going to EduTECH next week be sure to say hello to Scott Frasard joining us from the USA who shared some thoughts on measuring the impact of training when we were in Austin in March 2016.

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Scott’s recent role is as the Global Manager Training for ebay where they measure everything from order of satisfaction all the way up through return of investment.

This blog post follows an approach that could be applied to any training activity, accredited or not and overwhelmingly it is all about understanding the problem you are trying to fix and matching the measures to what it would be like if it was all working well. Continue reading

Phased retirement – answer to knowledge transfer and succession planning

72% of pre-retirees over age 50 believe their ideal retirement will include paid employment – and plan to stay on the job, according to recent studies.  Concerns about retirement and the fact we’re living longer are two main reasons driving this trend.

RetireesWith older workers staying employed for longer, there’s less room for younger workers to advance.  All companies need both experienced and young employees to sustain the business into the future.  Phased retirement could be the answer. Continue reading

Employees want flexibility – key to workforce attraction and retention

It’s no longer just working parents and care givers who are looking for flexibility.  New research suggests that 70% of Australians want more flexible working conditions but we are too afraid to ask for them.  Fear of losing a promotion and thinking flexible arrangements aren’t possible, often stops workers from even asking.

What is flexible working?

Flexible working means employees have options available, rather than standardised conditions.  Flexibility can include optional start and finish times, choosing to work from home, and job sharing.Coworking_Space_in_Berlin

The Happiness Institute’s Dr Timothy Sharp believes employers can gain a lot from offering flexible working conditions. Continue reading

Future Industries Strategies – a plan for growth with a workforce to match

When you’ve advocated for the position of identifying industry and regional economic and workforce priorities, now and into the future, it’s great to see it in action.

Victoria is an example of having many of the components of a 21st Century Workforce with an aspiration for a World-class Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.  On a fundamental level, if you have a plan for growth then you need a workforce to match, with a vision for the workforce and VET into the future.

This blog post explains the Future Industries Fund and aspects of the Victorian budget related to economic and regional development, education and entrepreneurship, employment and jobs, industry and workforce development, plus an invitation to join the Budget 2016 webinar.Tim Pallas Continue reading

Dynamic growth of Smart Cities – what are the effects on the workforce?

Population and economic growth in cities over the next 15 years out to 2030 will have an impact on buildings, energy, infrastructure projects, transport, waste and the workforce.

Zoe Sprigings, Head C40 Cities Climate Leadership, Group’s Energy Initiative says.

IMG_9042Cities themselves have much to gain from adopting more compact, connected and efficient forms of development: healthier, more livable and more productive cities.

If managed well, the potential benefits of urban growth are substantial, in particular allowing concentration of national economic growth and the roll out of innovative infrastructure and technologies.

Taking the Smart City Wien Framework Strategy as a leading example, this is an approach to 2050 for Vienna which was adopted in June 2014.  There are three fields of action including Resources – Quality of Life – Innovation. Continue reading

Local companies backing their own in Upper Spencer Gulf

$1 million will be put towards job creation and support programs for the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback region, including Port Augusta, Whyalla and Leigh Creek.

The Government is taking action to look after the region, after a recent, damaging blows – such as the closure of the BHP’s Olympic Dam, the Leigh Creek coal mine and Port Augusta power stations.BHP

Included in this funding package is a Regional Job Creation Grant for Port Augusta and Whyalla, support for ongoing visibility of Leigh Creek, and focus on supply chain workers in the region. Continue reading

Launch of the Global Workforce Architects Program into 20 countries

Whilst in Austin during SXSW Interactive the Global Workforce Architects Program designed by Workforce BluePrint was launched into 20 countries with South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill sharing the story of how South Australia’s first workforce was developed.

South Australia’s first workforce

At the Austin Texas Bound International Welcome Breakfast, Premier Jay Weatherill spoke with Wendy Perry on the success of such an entrepreneurial South Australian company expanding overseas,


“From two countries to six last year and now over 20 countries worldwide, the Global Workforce Architects Program provides the capabilities and skills for people to solve workforce problems, create more jobs and attract talent, encourage entrepreneurship and where you have a plan for growth, ensure you have a workforce to match”, said Head Workforce Planner, Wendy Perry.

Workforce BluePrint was in the USA with a delegation from New Venture Institute at Flinders University, to make connections, export and capitalise on their know how, expanding into countries such as Bhutan, Botswana, England, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, USA and Wales.

The first Global Workforce Architects Program begins on 5th April 2016 and is delivered with digital and live content over 6 weeks where participants can develop a workforce plan.  For further information including details of international accreditation please watch this explainer video.  If you have questions about the program, please check out the details and answers here.

With an ambitious expansion plan and brand ambassadors for a number of regions already in place, if you would like to be considered as a Global Workforce Architects Program in-country or regional partner please express your interest here.

If you have any questions please send an email to or call 0416 150 491, thank you.

March 2016

Big workforce, careers, jobs & skills shifts uncovered

During the last 2 weeks I’ve been in the USA and at SXSW Interactive where a number of big workforce, careers, jobs and skills shifts have been uncovered that you really need to know about, some of them may even blow your mind.

There is so much to comprehend, complex concepts and technologies that are changing the nature of jobs and work forever.

And if you are in economic and regional development, education or higher ed, human resources, learning and development, training or talent management, in the next few minutes we’d like to help you to understand these shifts.

So let me share information on these big changes with you, appreciating the full picture, interpreting the impact of technologies and trends on the workforce, recognising 21st Century capabilities and knowing where the workforce is moving to next.


If the video wont play above just click this link to watch

Premier Jay Weatherill promotes South Australian businesses, entrepreneurs and startups during SXSW

While we were in Austin during SXSW launching the Global Workforce Architects Program into 20 countries, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill shared a story of how South Australia’s first workforce was developed.

Promoting Adelaide and South Australian businesses, the Premier led a round table discussion with Tech Ranch and the New Venture Institute (NVI), hosted a reception with delegations of entrepreneurs, food and wine businesses, and spoke at the Austin Texas Bound International Welcome Breakfast.

At the Reception a number of South Australian wines were available from the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale regions.  Chef Jason Gould coordinated the evening’s menu featuring South Australian ingredients from Ferguson Australia, Thomas Foods International (the lamb chops were a hit!), Coriole, Woodside Cheese WrightsTucker’s Natural crackers, plus Native Australian mint and lemon myrtle.

The sister city relationship was rekindled between the City of Austin and the City of Adelaide with Councillor Sue Clearihan, a wonderful ambassador and a welcome member of the NVI US delegation (see #NVIUS on Twitter).

At the ‘Impact through Innovation’ showcase event at the Austin City Hall Council Chamber on 11 March 2016, Sarah Gun from GOGO events won an award for Most Innovative Social Enterprise and Drones over Water founder Dan Squire won Best Hardware Startup with his pitch.

See latest news from Flinders University – SA startups impress in Texas – including Voxie Box with their 3D hologram technology.

On World Plumbing Day, Scott from Perry Logic Perry logic pitch at the International Accelerator Startup Fast Pitch Competition during SXSW.

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How to make your career future resilient and your skills 21st Century relevant

In so many areas workforces are declining, however off the back of a trip to the USA, including SXSW in Austin Texas where the latest jobs and technology were on display, we learned about the hottest jobs (and 2 key roles) that all the major companies are recruiting for right here, right now.

You also need to look at the implications of Artificial Intelligence, Automated Cars, Digital Identities, Drones, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Robots, Smart Cities, Social Messaging and Virtual Reality on careers, jobs and skills.

Whether it’s you wanting to make your career resilient, and/or you are helping and advising others on jobs, skills and training, you need to know where jobs and careers are moving to as well as trends that will change jobs forever (link is a quick video message – feel free to share).

Workforce BluePrint together with Career BluePrint, will feature information from industry leaders covering the latest trends, techniques and perspectives in the world of talent acquisition in a webinar with insights that are priceless.

Uncover the #1 job that will future proof your career and the 21st Century skills that you will need to have an advantage.

Register now for the Future Careers, Jobs and 21st Century Skills webinar on 5 April 2016 at 12.30 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) for an investment of only $44 AUD/person.

If you can’t make it live, or you are in a different time zone, that’s no worries as the webinar will be recorded.  Just register following the link and then the recording and presentation will be sent to you within 24-48 hours of the webinar.

Shaping and managing your personal brand to win clients, jobs and opportunities

You are invited to a networking event on Tuesday evening 5th April 2016 from 6.00 – 8.00 pm, Flinders University at Tonsley with 2 tickets available for $37.00 or 1 ticket for $27.00, drinks and refreshments included.

Book your tickets now!

PS. We are seeking people that may be interested in taking a leadership role for the Global Workforce Architects Program in your country, industry or region so please send me an email if this might be you.  Thank you.

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