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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

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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

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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.

Stick fishermen of Sri Lanka.

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