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Address workforce issues to get significant regional investment & jobs

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Regional Workforce Development – Resulting in significant investment, jobs & confidence

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Economic development plays an important role in any region’s economy.

There are 7 key outcomes that apply to most regions but…

1.   Job creation – assistance, information, partners and resources for employers and entrepreneurs so they can expand.

2.   Industry diversification – this reduces a region’s or businesses vulnerability to one industry, product/service which means new skills are required, startups and jobs are created.

3.   Business retention and expansion – businesses may need some assistance with their operational needs, understanding new markets, sourcing and skilling their workforce.

4.   Investment attraction and infrastructure – exposing the world to the opportunities that existing in the region. Sound ICT infrastructure, coworking spaces and the ability to work anywhere, any time.

5.   Improved quality of life – better infrastructure and more jobs improves the economy of the region and raises the standard of living for its residents.

6.   Connected and inclusive community – faster connections enables improved productivity, region’s need to be welcoming to new comers with diverse cultural and social opportunities.

7.   Collaboration and creativity – across education, employers, entrepreneurs and industry enabling the region’s strengths to develop, saving time and resources, creating innovative, practical initiatives.

…for all of these outcomes to be achieved you need an available, cross skilled, and motivated workforce.

Increasingly for many regions, lack of a quality labour pool, is becoming a threat to economic development and sustainable growth. In some cases labour and skill shortages are acute, with workforce attraction a number 1 priority. Where regions have collaborated to build a workforce action plan and development strategies, the result is significant investment, business and community confidence, which is remarkable.

Regional Economic Development Forum

A town that is a stand out is Robinvale in Victoria. All of the social measures looked very challenging but local leaders committed to a Regional Workforce Development Strategy and gained $1.6 million in investment for the region.

This was one of the examples in a recent presentation at a Regional Economic Development Forum at Byron Community College in Mullumbimy, NSW for Community Colleges Australia.

Download your ebook on workforce development ideas for your region

The Robinvale story, along with a number of regions with examples from across Australia, are captured in the Regional Workforce Development and Planning ebook that you can download here.

Regional Projects, Grants and Smart Farms

You may be considering projects such as a regional skills needs analysis, workforce action plan for growth, and/or programs for employers including Small Medium Enterprises in your region. The Building Better Regions Fund under the Community Investments Stream, could be used for capability development and workforce related projects.

Recently we have been working on workforce action plans for Agriculture and Horticulture including Smart Farms. If you are looking to explore Smart Farming Partnerships, there are grants available, which close on 21 December 2017, and there are numerous future jobs and skills built through digital farming.

Please feel free to get in touch and see how we could assist with your regional project. If you are interested in building your capability in planning for and developing your workforce, explore experiences including the Workforce of the Future Masterclass, and the Global Workforce Architects Program open for registrations soon.

PS. If the NDIS is rolling out in your region then please read this latest blog post as scaling up is the key and if international education is a focus then watch this video on big opportunities.

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Wendy Perry, Managing Director, Workforce BluePrint

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South Australia sets the scene with Small Business Statement & Innovation focus

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Small business has always been a key driver in the state’s economy. Innovation isn’t just a ‘nice to have’, but rather essential, for South Australia’s growth.

New innovation grants have been added to the 2016 Annual Small Business Statement – as the state continues to shake off its perception of Adelaide being a place that’s conservative with little opportunity.

With a greater connection between the SA Government and industry associations, small businesses with have the support they need to reach interstate and international market places.Adelaide Read More

Strong workforce but lacking skilled labour in Peru

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Over half (53.8%) of Peru’s population is under the age of 25 and the number of people entering the workforce is on a steady rise too.

PeruBetween 2003 and 2011, the workforce grew from 2.3 million in 2003, to 3.7 million.  However, Peru is battling a large unskilled workforce, with many of their local talent leaving for opportunities abroad.

Peru’s construction industry

As it stands today, Peru’s unemployment rate is 6.6%.  Agriculture, construction, commerce, and education are big industries for employment. Read More

Mexico’s record low jobless rate a result of investing in education

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Mexico is experiencing its lowest unemployment since 2008, according to recent statistics.  More Mexicans are entering the workforce everyday – which is positively linked to investment in education.

And the country’s strong  sector has held it up through economy difficulties.1024px-Mexican_construction_workers

Investing in their workers

In 2014, a U.S. News & World Report shows the Mexican workforce is increasingly educated. Read More

Fast growing Chile seeking skilled workers

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While one of the fastest-growing economies in South America, Chile is in need of skilled workers – particularly in mining and construction.  However, due to the country’s low unemployment, local employers are recruiting and training workers.

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In an attempt to address the skills gap, the Government has launched the More Opportunities and Better Jobs program, which aims to make Chile’s economy stronger by 2020.  Over 50 initiatives, including lowering taxes and attracting investment, will drive this mission. Read More

Transformation of Higher Education and TVET in Japan

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Japan is facing economic stagnation, in the wake of low Chinese demand, and labour shortages.

With a planned consumption tax increase in 2017, growth is likely to be only ½ of a percent.  This is a major concern, with the gross public debt rising to 230% of GDP.

Japan students

With hopes of a primary surplus by 2020, the Japanese Government needs to implement targeted structural reforms to turn their economy around.  The country’s aging population, shrinking workforce and public aversion to immigration is hitting a near-crisis point. Read More

Jobs of the future – where are they?

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It’s an obvious but fascinating fact that there are jobs we might be doing in the future, that don’t exist yet.  With employees working from locations at every corner of the globe, collaborating via the internet, at every minute of the day… the future is now.

Telecommuting and remote working is becoming more and more common and according to Deloitte, over 30% of workspaces are vacant during the day.  As a result, progressive companies are adopting flexible working practices and encouraging employees to work from home or coworking spaces.  This means it’s not just the work that’s changing; it’s where we’re choosing to work, that’s changing too – the entire workplace landscape.

Current skills such as communication and teamwork may be replaced with future skills including sense making, cross cultural competency and social influence.  With technology changing not just jobs, but also the hours and place we work, computational thinking, new media literacy, virtual collaboration and cognitive load management skills will be critical. Read More

Investing in Indonesia’s youth and female entrepreneurs to fix training mismatch

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With over 250 million people, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous nation.  And the youth population makes up around half of the total population – below the age of 30.  This equates to a 21.6% youth unemployment rate – an alarming statistic.Indonesia pic

With key industries including agriculture, mining, manufacturing, construction, transport, community services and restaurants and hotels, Indonesia could benefit from investing in upskiling it’s youth in these trades as well as encouraging more women into entrepreneurship. Read More