Pre-empting the South Australian State Budget

By | Workforce Development, Workforce Planning, Workforce Projects, Youth | One Comment

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

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

‘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

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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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

The world looks to Germany’s successful dual apprenticeship model

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German ApprenticesGermany is a world leader in TVET reform and progress.  It’s always been an important part of the education system in Germany.  In 2014 alone, over half a million students went through Germany’s dual model TVET system, which pairs firm-based training with a school component.  But, it’s the country’s broader qualification structure that sets it apart. Read More

Workforce Planning from Adelaide, South Australia to Austin, Texas

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Have you ever had an experience that takes a little while to digest?  An experience with some many wonderful things that it can be challenging to know where to start?  And just starting means reviewing your ‘notes’ on social media, turning insights into blogs, following up many emails and proactively suggesting what comes next.

IMG_7896To top off a remarkable SXSW 2017, meeting Lee Rector, Director, Texas Workforce Investment Council, Office of Governor Greg Abbott for discussion over lunch was outstanding. Read More

TVET: the answer to employing Myanmar’s 1 million youth

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Rapid economic development is on Myanmar’s horizon.  Experts have predicted an 8.4% annual GDP growth for the nation this year – a ground-breaking growth rate, up from 5.9% in 2011.  Technology trends and large amount of relatively-free moving capital are to thank for Myanmar’s recent (and continual) growth.

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But, as it stands, the country’s workforce simply doesn’t match the increasing economic demand.

Until 1996, all of Myanmar’s vocational schools were organised under one umbrella. This created a large gap in education and training available for mid-level technicians. Read More

Smart cities, internet origins, gig economy, Artificial Intelligence, new jobs and the future of work at SXSW 2017

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Smart cities discussion over a breakfast session, focused on GIS, housing, transport, access, equity and workforce development with colleagues from @texas_univ @acltv and links with the work being undertaken by the City of Adelaide @AdelaideSmart.

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A well timed tweet resulted in a connection and chat with @scraigwatkins Professor, Moody College of Communication, The University of Texas Austin to talk about collaboration opportunities. Read More

Human connections enhanced by gamification, blockchain, podcasting, space, self-driving cars and bots at SXSW17

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Human connections at the SXSW registrants lounge with fellow South Australians, and human-focused design, taking boring content and turning it into games whilst changing behaviour, featured in a framework for actionable gamification in the first SXSW interactive session.

Like Waze’s snake monster where user generated content beat the traffic – this approach could work well for the Real Day Out (RDO) and so could Collection Sets at RDO stops.IMG_7697 Read More