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Queensland Budget for Entrepreneurship, Workforce Planning and Development

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Highlights from the budget for jobs, skills, workforce development and planning include:

  • Jobs Now, Jobs for the Future
  • Infrastructure
  • Support for rural and regional Queensland
  • Restoring Tourism

Workforce projects will be matched to a pipeline of projects through the Queensland Infrastructure Plan supporting the following jobs:

10,500 Roads & Transport
1,500 Education & Training
6,500 Energy & Water
3,500 Health & Community

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New South Wales Budget Accelerates the Service Sector

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The New South Wales state budget 2015-16 aims to stimulate arts, entertainment, events, sports and tourism for Sydney and Destination NSW including regional locations.

With a targeted approach focusing on major events, projects and regions there are many opportunities for you if you are working with or in the service sector.

Consumer information

“This budget delivers $127 million in 2015-16 to support the vital work of Fair Trading including engaging with the community with over 2,000 information seminars, mainly through the agency’s flagship My Place program,” Mr Dominello said. 

The My Place program targets vulnerable consumer groups through education and compliance activities delivered directly into regional towns or suburbs.

Employment and Entrepreneurship

Whilst the unemployment rate is falling there are a number of initiatives to support employment such as the Jobs Action Plan, Small Business Employment Incentive and a Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship Fund.

It is pleasing to increasingly see a more open minded approach to employment including entrepreneurship, technology and self-employment. Read More

Gold-worthy workforce planning for 30,000 jobs: 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

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Watch out Australia – the Commonwealth Games are coming to the Gold Coast in 2018!  Not only are the Games an opportunity to showcase to the world the wonders and hospitality of Australian culture, but will also provide a major economic and occupational boost to the country.

According to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation, the vision and mission for the 2018 Commonwealth Games is to conduct an athlete focused Commonwealth Games with excellent competition in a fun and friendly environment with long lasting benefits for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and the Commonwealth.

So where are the opportunities for entrepreneurs, small and medium sized enterprises, and service providers?

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SXSW 2015 – a mind blowing experience!

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South by South West (SXSW) was in March 2015 and it was hands down the best learning experience of my life.  A big statement perhaps but in this blog I’ll share with you why I say this and please check out my Storify to see pics and tweets over the festival.

Travelling to the USA with a group from New Venture Institute at Flinders University we came to SX via San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Las Vegas (only a quick stop with 1 hour on Sunset Strip) to Austin in Texas.  Arriving in the early hours of the morning, our taxi driver gave us some sage advice about looking after ourselves over the festival.  She pulled up in front of a double storey, jaw dropping white Texan mansion that we rented for the next 5 nights.

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‘Best of’ initiatives for engaging young employees & entrepreneurs

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The Youth Stream of the Industry Skill Fund is open for applications.

You may be considering potential projects and perhaps you’d like to see an enterprising, innovative approach that captures the ‘best of’ what works for young people.

With two pilot programmes wouldn’t it be great if some of these became the best programmes in Australia like Bizifyd, BO$$ camp, School Based Apprenticeships and the Work Inspiration Program.

And maybe you’d like to connect with an amazing young ambassador and speaker who has been recognised for her work in helping young people with creating a vision for your career.

Reviewing the Industry Skills Fund – Youth Stream guidelines in detail, it will be interesting to see if any suggestions from the draft documents have been incorporated from suggestions on how not to keep young people unemployed. Read More

Tasmania leads with a Vision for the Workforce – Investing in Skills for Growth

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Taking a lead nationally to outline a vision for the Tasmanian workforce, Investing in Skills for Growth, has 3 goals:

  1. A more efficient and competitive training system.
  2. A greater focus on delivering real skills for real jobs.
  3. Investing in skills that drive State growth.

This policy statement takes the Ministerial Priorities for Training and Workforce Development for 2014-15 towards a road map that shows how the Government’s objectives will be achieved.

Importantly there is a focus on,

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Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda – Ambitions and Implications

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Economic priorities come first in the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda with a focus on jobs, exports and improving living standards.

Specific actions include:

  • lifting apprenticeship completion rates and give young Australians the best opportunity to get a job;
  • encouraging employee share ownership;
  • promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills in schools;
  • improving the investor visa programme and reform the 457 visa programme; and
  • encouraging better use of Australia’s world class researchers through the establishment of Industry Growth Centres.

The Hon Ian Macfarlane says that VET reform is vital to the competitiveness agenda particularly:

  • industry focus
  • business-relevant, high quality education and training
  • less red tape for providers and
  • more targeted and demand driven funding – but let’s see if the definition of ‘demand’ is right?

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South Australian Workforce Vision needed to address State’s Economic Priorities

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Press release Monday, August 25th, 2014 – Workforce BluePrint

Australia’s leading workforce planning and development specialist has recommended the creation of a South Australian Workforce Plan and Workforce Capability Framework to reflect the 10 economic priorities that form part of the new vision for the State’s economic transformation, announced by Premier Jay Weatherill on 11 August 2014 at a CEDA event.

The SA Workforce Plan and Capability Framework would outline capabilities and be mapped to units of competency and qualifications and a Skills for All initiative that supports South Australian Economic Priorities.

Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner, Workforce BluePrint, said that a State Workforce Vision and Plan would be the next obvious step in State Development, to cement the State as a place where people and businesses thrive.

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Where are the jobs and skills in the South Australian 2014-15 Budget?

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With the State Government committing a total of $689 million, including $402 million in capital expenditure, there are important implications for jobs and skills.

This blog post is for you if you want to understand where the jobs are and uncover the skilling opportunities across automotive transformation, infrastructure projects, innovation, food and wine, regional areas and resources.

The first area to consider has had much media coverage with the need to transform the automotive sector and create jobs.

Automotive Transformation and Jobs Plan

The South Australian State Government has allocated $60 million towards the “Our Jobs Plan” stating that this plan will revitalise and rebuild the state economy following the decision by GM Holden and Toyota to close vehicle manufacturing operations in Australia by 2017.

The Automotive Transformation Taskforce will be chaired by former Federal Minister for Industry and Innovation Greg Combet focusing on:

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Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme – an innovative, forward-thinking approach?

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Press Release Monday, June 23rd, 2014 – Workforce BluePrint

The new Commonwealth Government’s $484.2 million Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme aims to improve the business capability of small and medium enterprises.

Access to this programme is via a Single Business Service, which seems to be the new language for a one-stop-shop.  Streamlined access to government is promised with one website, contact centre and face to face liaison via Ausindustry.

Overall the aim of this programme is to build business capability that translates into jobs.

The Department of Industry suggests this approach will provide a universal offering to all Australian businesses and then a narrowing of services for 5 key growth sectors based upon eligibility and merit including:

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