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Tackling skills shortages in Fiji through TVET

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Fiji is one of the most developed of the Pacific island economies – with its $1.64 billion GDP, generated by a workforce of just 335,000.  In 2012, Fiji’s economy rose by 2.5%, followed by a 2.7% growth in 2013, with agriculture, manufacturing and financial intermediation sectors the key forces behind this growth.

Sugar, textile exports, timber and still mineral water were traditional drivers of the Fiji economy up until recently, with the tourism industry now leading the way.  The country’s gross earnings from tourism in 2011 totalled $1.051 billion, more than the combined revenues of the country’s top five exports – fish, water, garments, timber and gold.Suva

Tourism and the Fiji economy

According to the Economic Impact, travel and tourism contributed to 13.8% of the total GDP and is forecast to rise by 5.1% pa during 2014-2024, to 18.7% of total GDP in 2024.

In 2013 Fiji’s tourism industry supported 43,000 jobs – 12.4% of total employment.  This figure is also expected to rise by 3.3% pa to 63,000 jobs (17.1% of total employment) by 2024.

Some big numbers…

But it’s not all surf, sunshine and sand.  Fiji is suffering a skills shortage. Read More

High youth unemployment in Uganda – TVET and workforce development is addressing this challenge

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Youth unemployment remains a serious challenge in Uganda.

A fast-growing labour force (4.7% per year), inadequate investment and supply of jobs, and a lack of skills are key issues preventing youth employment.

Uganda ag workforceWith the potential to add 10 million workers into the market by 2020, Uganda is implementing programs aimed at creating employment specifically for youth. Industry focussed workforce development strategies could enhance these programs and employment outcomes.

Agriculture employing up to 66% of labour force

Agriculture is the main sector of employment in Uganda – providing jobs to 66% of the entire workforce, compared to 28% in the services and industrial sectors.

But despite the massive youth employment in agriculture, less than 5% are paid to do this work.  The majority are engaged as family workers or informal employment accounts, with no wages. Read More

Philippines: TVET restructuring to support booming outsourcing industry

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The Philippines’ booming outsourcing industry now employs a million people, after growing almost tenfold in just over a decade – with expected earnings of $18 billion in 2015.

The Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector is driving the country’s economy.  The industry accounted for 5.6% of Philippine’s GDP, which is expected to grow to 7.8% by 2016 and ongoing workforce development can help support this rapid growth.


Companies around the world are looking to the Philippines for BPO functions, for its low cost and English-speaking workforce, along with a supportive government.  Payroll tax, benefits administration, time & labor management, IT support and administration, is all provided at a fraction of the price in the majority of western markets.  And there’s no sign of slowing down.

The country is expanding into other outsourcing sectors including software development and IT outsourcing, animation and game development as well as healthcare information management (HIM) outsourcing. Read More

Brunei: Overcoming local unemployment by transforming TVET

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Foreign workers make up the majority of Brunei’s workforce – 70% of the country’s 150,000 population.  Working in Brunei is attractive, as there is no income tax to pay and the cost of living is much lower than in many western countries.  As a result, local unemployment has reached 10%.

Brunei workforceThere is a shortage of skilled labour in the country – so local organisations have to look abroad for workers with specialist skills.  The government is seeking to limit the number of foreign workers in the country, through investing in up skilling their own.

A closer look at Brunei

Brunei’s small, wealthy economy is a mixture of foreign and domestic entrepreneurship, government regulation, and welfare measures.  Oil and natural gas production account for about 90% of its GDP – ranking Brunei one of the highest in Asia and the fifth richest nation (out of 182).

Brunei is standing out for its commitment to its own workforce. Read More

The World TVET Conference 2015 – innovation through partnerships & collaboration

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Last month, I spoke in Sarawak, Malaysia at the World TVET Conference, presenting on “Innovation through Partnerships and Collaboration in TVET” facilitated by IVETA.  This key note presentation focused on innovative partnerships and collaboration through Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) addressing business and industry needs as well as regional development that underpins economic development.IMG_6918

An amazing experience, meeting so many people from around the world all passionate about Vocational Education and Training and people skills development, was truly heart-warming.  It was an absolute privilege to be looked after by the team at PPKS, especially Dahlia who greeted me at Kuching airport and Baha who headed the organising committee from Sarawak.

The night before the conference there was an event for speakers, committee members and VIP’s where we were given beads as gifts and understood that there were 1000 people registered from 28 countries. Read More

Up-skilling Malaysia’s vibrant economy through TVET and workforce development

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Malaysia has the third largest economy in Southeast Asia – and one of the most competitive in the world, ranking 14th in 2015.  According to the World Bank, the long-term sustainability of the country hinges on structural reforms to strengthen medium-term fiscal planning, and to boosting capabilities and competition within the economy.

Accelerated implementation of productivity-charged reforms to increase the quality of human capital and create more competition in the economy will be key in achieving this.

And it all begins with skills, Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET), workforce development and planning.

New Sarawak Tribune, Friday, 4 September 2015, pg. 5

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Educational tourism contributing $17.2 billion to Australia’s economy

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Education is a major export earner for Australia – with half a million international students studying in Australia each year, contributing about $17.2 billion in export income annually.  Both the number of international education tourists, and the amount they’re spending, is on the rise, which suggests there’s a lot to gain, both economically and in employment, with the international education market.

Whitehaven_Beach,_Whitsunday_Island,_QueenslandAccording to Tourism Research Australia, the number of international education tourists coming to study grew by 6.4% from 2001 to 2011.  This figure is projected to increase by an average annual rate of 4.6% by 2020.

International education tourists are spending more too.  More than $1 in every $3 spent by an international visitor is by international students. Read More

Why the time is right to strategically review your RTO

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More often than not, most Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) have recently experienced significant change and the opportunity going ahead is to make sure that your RTO is best positioned for the future.

Perhaps you are considering workforce demand across the regions you operating in and you may be wondering … is there more you might be able to offer?  Maybe you are looking at your scope and wondering does this meet your customer’s needs?Lightbulb-Success-Image-960x645-200x134

In an environment with unprecedented change since Training Packages were first introduced, how do you make sense of national VET reform, state and territory government policy?  How do you see the uncovered opportunities in this mix? Read More

Implementing Apprenticeships, Industry Partnerships and TVET in Maldives

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Implementing a National Apprenticeship Framework, strengthening industry and institute linkages, working models of partnerships, youth mentoring, workforce planning and development were all on the agenda for 2 day workshops with the government and stakeholders in Maldives and Bhutan.

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QUT and Workforce BluePrint

At the invitation of Nelson Salangsang, Manager-International Projects, Office of Commercial Services, Queensland University of Technology, Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner, Workforce BluePrint spent a week in Male, Maldives and then in Thimphu, Bhutan working with their respective governments. Read More

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