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Job creation & growth in Greater Shepparton

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A few hours’ drive north of Melbourne, Greater Shepparton boasts a $2.88 billion Gross Regional Product (GRP).  The region is on the cusp of major growth, with an expected 1.2% population rise per annum, between now and 2031.

Agriculture is facilitating this growth, especially in fruit, dairy, cattle, sheep and grain production.  Other key industry sectors include health care, social assistance and retail trade.shepparton_cow_parade

The  has partnered with the Department of Sustainability and Environment to outline a plan focused on leveraging the region’s strengths. Read More

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China’s 10 year plan for education sector reform

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In recent years, direct trade with China has contributed 5.5% to Australia’s GDP and figures have only increased.

November 2014 saw the landmark Australia China Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) launched – giving Australians the access new to the world’s second largest economy. This agreement is for all products imported via Business to Business (B2B).

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The agreement puts Australians in a competitive position in key areas such as aged care, agriculture, education, manufacturing exports, services, investment, resources and energy.  Alongside trade deals already signed with Korea and Japan, ChAFTA is the newest piece of a powerful alliance between Australia’s major trading partners in North Asia. Read More

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Australian VET sector subprime crisis triggered

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subprimeHow is the subprime mortgage crisis in the USA anything like what is happening with VET in Australia?  We will come to that soon, but first here is what Senator Simon Birmingham (Birmo) announced,

NEW VET Students Loans a win-win for students and taxpayers

A new Vocational Education and Training (VET) Student Loans program introduces caps from January 2017 with more stringent criteria to be a provider, and bans brokers.  It will be very interesting to see how the caps, aligned with actual costs, will be determined and what evidence will underpin decision making.

This one program will not, “… return integrity to the vocational education sector.” Read More

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Building a sustainable, capable and skilled workforce, to support the aged care industry boom

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Australia’s aged care workforce is expected to grow to nearly 830,000 by 2050.  But while it’s a growing industry, it’s facing several challenges, including an ageing workforce, the increased demand for residential care placements, flexible delivery of these services, ensuring high levels of care, and the expansion of consumer directed care (CDC).

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A major expansion of its workforce is needed, at a time when the labour market is getting tighter.  Significantly, the time to achieve that skilled and sustainable aged care workforce is now. Read More

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South Australian Budget 2016 – Workforce Focus

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Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill

This blog post focuses on the workforce opportunities in the South Australian state budget delivered by the Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis MP including employment, entrepreneurship, industry and innovation, regional support and STEM but also highlights a couple of areas that need more attention.

A new format for explaining the budget describes benefits for:

  • Business
  • Households
  • Innovation and entrepreneurs
  • Education
  • The community
  • Environment
  • Defence

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Jobs of the Future

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In a recent 4 Corners report on digital disruption and future jobs, the underpinning question was, “In the coming age of robotics and advanced IT, what will the jobs of the future be?”

Whilst there were futurists and researchers making predictions and quoting numbers or percentages of jobs that will be lost, this question requires consideration of evidence from workforce planning with employers and industry sectors, a global perspective, and grasp of the impact of new discover technologies on work.Robotics

The way to think about this is not that there is a list of ‘good’ jobs vs. ‘bad’ jobs because all jobs will be impacted by robotics, advanced IT and new discovery technologies.  Read More

New South Wales Budget aims to create new global businesses

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Entrepreneurship is a theme through job creation across New South Wales (NSW) in Budget 2016-17 focusing on growth areas like ICT, renewable energy and start-ups.

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The state has recognised the latent potential of new and existing small-medium enterprises (SMEs) to boost the economy and job opportunities, especially for young people with the Jobs for NSW Fund providing targeted incentives and the Innovate NSW Program.

An interesting announcement included, Read More

Queensland Budget – forecasting economic growth strongest of all

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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. Read More

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Future of VET into 2016-17

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A topic that is probably on your mind too, with a webinar for the Vivacity National Conference audience on the Future of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia and Overseas, a presentation on VET Reform/Transformation at EduTECH, and Engaging Employers in Skills Development for the 21st Century with the Australian Government and OECD, this blog post pulls together intelligence on VET into 2016-17.IMG_0878

The challenge for the Australian VET system is relevance and for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) it is sustainability but how so? Read More

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

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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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