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Future Industries Strategies – a plan for growth with a workforce to match

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When you’ve advocated for the position of identifying industry and regional economic and workforce priorities, now and into the future, it’s great to see it in action.

Victoria is an example of having many of the components of a 21st Century Workforce with an aspiration for a World-class Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.  On a fundamental level, if you have a plan for growth then you need a workforce to match, with a vision for the workforce and VET into the future.

This blog post explains the Future Industries Fund and aspects of the Victorian budget related to economic and regional development, education and entrepreneurship, employment and jobs, industry and workforce development, plus an invitation to join the Budget 2016 webinar.Tim Pallas Read More

Local companies backing their own in Upper Spencer Gulf

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$1 million will be put towards job creation and support programs for the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback region, including Port Augusta, Whyalla and Leigh Creek.

The Government is taking action to look after the region, after a recent, damaging blows – such as the closure of the BHP’s Olympic Dam, the Leigh Creek coal mine and Port Augusta power stations.BHP

Included in this funding package is a Regional Job Creation Grant for Port Augusta and Whyalla, support for ongoing visibility of Leigh Creek, and focus on supply chain workers in the region. Read More

Education, Employment, Higher Education and VET – does Entrepreneurship fit?

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From a policy and program point of view, in Australia, there is strong support for business growth, innovation and startups,

Innovation policy was at the top of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council meeting… (see press release 5.11.15)

Recent Australian Government announcements include:

·        $5 Billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

·        Grants to trigger investment and growth in Melbourne’s North

·        $7.3m to support innovative Australian companies

·        Time is right for Sydney Silicon Harbour

Alongside The Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Malcolm Turnball MP, Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia and Hon Wyatt Roy MP, Assistant Minister for Innovation seem to be the government’s startup advocates.

Austrade has also established a Free Trade Agreement Training Provider Grant to “… help Australian small and medium-sized enterprises and stakeholders understand how to use and access FTAs with Korea, Japan, and China.”

So it seems we have improving policy setting for innovation and startups in the Industry, Innovation and Science portfolios, Trade and Investment but what about education, employment, higher education, international education and Vocational higher Educational employment Training (VET)? Read More

Adelaide’s north – double the growth rate and where are the jobs?

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Adelaide’s north is growing at almost double the rate of the rest of the state.  In a 10-year period, from 2004 and 2014, population increased by 20%m but, alarmingly, job opportunities haven’t match its steady growth – especially amid a decline in manufacturing.

Adelaide’s north hits highest unemployment in SA

According to a recent ABC article, 17% of youth in Adelaide’s north is unemployed… and it’s predicted 5,700 more jobs are need to be created to combat the rising unemployment issue.  Elizabeth alone tops the worst area for employment, coming in at an alarming 32.4%.

In the face of that, the local community are implementing strategies to combat this growing rate, with the City of Salisbury’s Twelve25 Youth Enterprise Centre, a great example.  The centre helps people aged from 12 to 25 to improve their skills and better prepare themselves for employment possibilities.

“We’ve got everything from school holiday programs for the younger kids, right through to entrepreneurial projects for the future Facebook founders of the northern suburbs,” centre manager Rick Henke stated.

Northern Futures is a community-based, not for profit, developing State and Federal programs to advance education, training and workforce development in the northern region.  While WorkReady offers another initiative that youth can take advantage of to access training and employment services, in order to find employment. Read More

2000+ participants in 1 month with 1 facilitator & great feedback – how do you do it?

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In 1 month, I hosted 10 webinars with up to 330 people in each one and got feedback like “I was really impressed with your facilitation of the webinar last week, both in managing your various presenters, talking to the people in the group – numerous as they were, and in explaining to people how the technology worked.  It was brilliant.”

I believe people are ready for webinars, why?  Well we have seen huge growth in the numbers of people choosing to participate in webinars often booking out all the places.

Less time out of the office, informative and helpful, cost effective as no travel time, easy access to presenters, and bonuses like webinar recordings all mean that webinars should be in the mix of what you do.

With a word of warning because if you are presenting webinars you need to do them really well.

It is different to presenting in a workshop, classroom or forum and some people find a webinar presentation way more stressful.  For example:

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Nations need a vision to inspire their workforce

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This blog post is the article written by Nigel Austin from The Advertiser published on 18 January 2014 page 79 in the business section for the Silent Achiever’s story.

See the full article and photo here.

Wendy Perry has developed such a great business niche and reputation that she advises countries such as the Maldives and Bhutan about workforce planning and development as well as state and federal government departments, and industry groups.

She was fearful about leaving a senior policy role with the Education Department to start Wendy Perry and Associates at the age of 29 in January 2003.

But she was confident in the future because she had recognised the emerging field of workforce planning and development building on her expertise in Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Boldly deciding to go out on her own she started working for her first client in a project leadership role on the National VET workforce development program with organisations from around Australia.

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Nations need a vision to inspire their workforce

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This blog post is the article written by Nigel Austin from The Advertiser published on 18 January 2014 page 79 in the business section for the Silent Achiever’s story.

See the full article and photo here.

Wendy Perry has developed such a great business niche and reputation that she advises countries such as the Maldives and Bhutan about workforce planning and development as well as state and federal government departments, and industry groups.

She was fearful about leaving a senior policy role with the Education Department to start Wendy Perry and Associates at the age of 29 in January 2003.

But she was confident in the future because she had recognised the emerging field of workforce planning and development building on her expertise in Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Boldly deciding to go out on her own she started working for her first client in a project leadership role on the National VET workforce development program with organisations from around Australia.

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How do you ensure conference success?

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Are you planning to run a conference or forum in the near future?  To get great feedback for a successful conference or forum, the event needs address the participants’ wants and needs, which are primarily:

1.         Great content and networking

2.         Well-crafted agenda and helpful information

3.         Choosing the right speakers with a tailored message, speakers that participate and invite lots of audience interaction

4.         Problem free A/V, good food, venue and location

5.         Before and after the conference, continue it online

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And importantly, starting and ending the conference on time with a quality conference chair.

Below is some of the recent feedback I have received from public speaking and if you want your conference to get feedback and comments like this, then please get in touch with me to discuss your conference aims, themes and audience.

“I would like to say a huge thank you for your involvement in our conference.  You did an excellent job as chair, tying together the key themes of the day and keeping the audience engaged.  Your presentation was very informative and I believe our delegates could have listened to you all day.  As for your workshop, the feedback has been truly excellent!  We had a very successful two days, so I thank you again for your involvement and adding value for our delegates.”

“It was fantastic having you confirm your availability to participate in the Conference.”

 “…loved your presentation at the ITAB conference in Sydney yesterday – well done Wendy!”

“Great day at the conference today.  Loved Wendy @waperry – inspirational”

“95.5% of delegates rated your session good to excellent”

“Your session was most inspiring and tackled key elements of workforce development in an insightful way.”

Alongside the feedback, why choose me?  Well I:

  • am a renowned Director, speaker, writer and innovator in Workforce Planning and Development, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Small-Medium Enterprise (SME) capability – leading thinking, developing practice, translating strategy into action and growing the potential of clients and partners.
  • am the Managing Director of Wendy Perry and Associates Pty Ltd and Head Workforce Planner at Workforce BluePrint and truly understand the connection between the VET sector, workforce planning and development.
  • have a reputation as a leading authority on Workforce Planning and Development and Vocational Education and Training (VET) with extensive experience working across Australia and internationally… and I am known for my pragmatic and collaborative style.

As a regular chair, professional presenter and speaker have spoken at conferences and forums in Australia and Asia Pacific addressing key topics such as workforce planning and development, digital capability, small business development, capacity and capability development, VET and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).  Read more here.

See Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner and the Workforce BluePrint team at these upcoming conferences:

Written by Wendy Perry, January 2014.

Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2013-14 – priorities, new initiatives and reductions

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The Coalition’s priorities are reflected in today’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2013-14 (17.12.13) including:

  • Agriculture – water infrastructure; Indonesia/Australia Red Meat and Cattle Partnership
  • Defence
  • Gas
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Infrastructure package (focus on land) via a partnership with the private sector, including tourism projects, regional and community infrastructure and a national 1 stop shop for project approvals
  • Manufacturing – self-sustaining exporters
  • Medical (limited – internships)
  • Mining

A Post-Holden plan is yet to be revealed and particularly for South Australia an area to watch closely.Holden Read More

Skills for All Future Directions – what’s new or different?

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Latest announcements (13.12.13) from the South Australian state government include:

Training courses will be ranked according to their industry demand and projected job openings.

A sliding scale of Government subsidy will be applied to courses with higher subsidy support for courses that address skills shortages and lead to employment.

This price banding will be more responsive to the changing needs of the economy, jobs market and provide greater certainty for the training and skills industry.

Industry groups and training providers told us they wanted to see less reliance on reducing enrolments through caps and move to a price banding model to better target training.  (Source: Skills for All Newsletter)

To read about these changes in more detail go to this link for an outline of the Skills for All Future Directions, Consultation Outcomes Report, FAQ’s, Course List and Guidelines for Training Providers.  What’s new or different?

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