Innovation & creativity: skill strengths for NSW’s Northern Rivers

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Northern Rivers is one the fastest growing region in NSW. With its world heritage sites, national parks, rainforests and coastline, its strength is in its diversity. It’s popular for innovative business opportunities, attracting creative people.

The 2016 Northern Rivers Regional Plan outlined a vision for the region – to make it a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future for the communities of the Northern Rivers region.

Seven regional priorities were outlined, with 23 initiatives to make it a reality. This included connected communities, a learning region, natural infrastructure, sustainable industry, inclusive communities, regional identity, and a collaborative region.

Tourism and hospitality, building and construction and retail are key sectors for employment. Read More

Bigger international TVET & VET opportunities

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Click on the image above to watch the video with hints and tips on where demand is now and how you might be able to position your products, services and programs.

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The plan to expand internationally or move into new regions and countries has probably been on your to do list for a little while now.

You may have a couple of programs and resources, or a significant scope with a wide range of products and services that you suspect could have relevance in overseas markets. And it is true that many countries are looking to solve similar skills gaps and workforce issues. But what is relevant where, who do you need to connect with, and how might what you offer need to change? Read More

Attracting the future disability sector workforce – scaling up is a challenge

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The NDIS is set to reshape Australia’s disability sector, by ensuring people get the support they need and its growth represents new opportunities and jobs across Australia.  Consider what the disability sector might look like in 5 years’ time and the position locally, nationally and globally.

Capability development and scaling up is key and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is accepting applications for the ILC Jurisdictional Based Grants. Read More

September BluePrint – EU Connections, Evolving VET & Workforce Initiatives

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Getting over the jet lag, there is much to share with a heads up on a couple of things that may be of interest to you.

Firstly, on Friday 8 September 2017, Jessica and I met with The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, following the TAFE Directors Australian Convention 2017 dinner the night before in Adelaide.

On the point of evolving Vocational Education and Training (VET), we discussed the Training Package development and approval process with a shift needed in responsiveness and skills for current, new and emerging jobs.

Considering opportunities, similarities and differences between VET in India, Sri Lanka and Australia we focused on quality, cost and volume. It is clear that there is a global supply issue for skilled workers and we need the skills much faster too. Read More

Qingdao, China sister city boosting higher education numbers & economy

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Qingdao, one of Adelaide’s sister cities in China’s eastern Shandong province – is a region with over 154 higher learning institutions. Out of these providers, 62 offer Bachelor-degrees and 33 provide Masters studies. China’s already vast education industry is set to further expand in the coming years.

Sino-foreign cooperative education

In 2010, China launched the National Plan for Medium and Long Term Education Reform and Development. The Government would spend the next 10 years improving Chinese education standards to match international levels. Part of this was to open-up the sector to foreign investment, allowing for joint ventures with partners. Read More

Lessons from the German VET system – could ASQA be redundant?

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In Bonn, Germany this week working with UNESCO UNEVOC, Wendy Perry met with Philipp Grollman from Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB) to learn about the German VET system, compared with Australia and others around the world.  Please watch the quick 4 minute video til the end and read all of the blog, then share your ideas. Read More

TVET/VET and Entrepreneurship

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Inspired by TVET/VET Leaders from across the world in Bonn, Germany this week, for the UNESCO UNEVOC Programme, this blog is written for you and colleagues working to improve TVET systems in your country.

Most people agree that Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET/VET) solves a number of problems but there are a number of problems with TVET/VET.  These include:

  1. Lack of flexibility and responsiveness in training
  2. Disadvantaged groups not supported
  3. Mismatch of training and skills required for jobs
  4. Specific skills gaps
  5. Unemployed or underemployed youth

Evidence of monitoring and evaluation is important and now there are many examples of people (students, employers, industry sectors) not choosing TVET or where there are a number of TVET trained graduates, the job opportunities are slim.

TVET’s biggest problem is relevance, getting skills and competencies into the curriculum to keep pace with employers, entrepreneurs and industry needs and this is aside from the requirements of future job roles. Read More

Entrepreneurship: a hot topic in Himeji, Japan, Adelaide’s sister city

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The Japanese ‘lifetime employment system’ and culture doesn’t take kindly to risk. This means there are some policies that don’t make the process of finding private capital simple. Most entrepreneurs don’t work for start-ups. Rather, they go into the government or large companies – the elite jobs. But things are changing.

“Companies now hire more temporary employees, and those people are more likely to start companies to gain a better sense of security than being a temporary employee,” said Robert Eberhart, an Assistant Professor of Management at Santa Clara University. Read More

Greater Western Sydney, Australia’s third largest economy, creating new jobs

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Sydney districts have been powering one quarter of Australia’s economic growth, for the last financial year. All eyes are on Western Sydney – home to over 21% of Greater Sydney’s population and generating 18% of its jobs. It also powers 18% of Greater Sydney’s economic activity.

In the past 20 years, the number of jobs in Western Sydney has doubled. Today, the four main industry sectors include health and education (87%), knowledge-intensive jobs (71%), population-serving (61%), and industrial (175%). Finance and insurance are also hot jobs in the district. The dominance of health and education match the areas’ accessibility to health and education institutions.

Moving forward, it’s anticipated that the new Parramatta Square development will push job growth in public administration. Because the share of industrial roles in the west is higher than Greater Sydney, there’s an opportunity to look at ways to leverage the district’s ‘economic assets and investment opportunities’ to continue the momentum of the knowledge-intensive economy. Read More

August BluePrint – Innovative Experiences & UNESCO

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Over the past month, Sunraysia, Kangaroo Island (KI), Melbourne and home town Adelaide with visits from our Indonesian colleagues and friends, have all been innovation hot spots.  Activities included the Community Colleges Australia Conference meeting Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Sunraysia Agriculture and Horticulture Future Workforce conversations, KI’s future workforce plan, Australia-Indonesia Networking event, and the launch of the 2017 Real Day Out for the Australian Science and Maths School.

There is a building appetite for innovative experiences, providing exposure and capability development for here and now jobs, as well as future jobs, including entrepreneurial opportunities.  Speaking of which, I’ve been invited to UNESCO-UNEVOC in Bonn, Germany next month to run a workshop for the Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) Leadership Programme 2017 on Entrepreneurship, which is an absolute honour. Read More