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Action packed 3 in 1 episodes from Workforce BluePrint

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Like Star Wars, this week there are 3 blog episodes with lots of information, tools, resources, insights and opportunities for you to pick and choose what you are interested in – just follow the links:

  1. starting with original post (current day) – NBN, Skills for All, Small Business Support, Social Media, State and Territory VET reforms and budgets, Training and Assessment Services for the Plumbing Industry, Workforce Architects Adelaide Program,
  2. followed by a sequel (future plans)- ACPET Professional Development on Workforce Development and Planning, Strategic Plan, Webinars and Workshops, Upcoming Events and Conferences – see you there!
  3. and then the prequel (annual wrap up) – Skills for All Australians, National VET Reform and Budget, VET Workforce, Work Life Balance and Mini Breaks, Workforce Projects

A couple of extras

Looking for a speaker for your conference, forum or event?  Recent guest speaking examples are outlined here and dates are booking into 2012-13 so get in quickly with your preferred dates.

Want to develop your skills and practice in workforce development and planning?  Workforce Architects Silver program in Adelaide on 27 July 2012 – places limited, book now!

If you are in South Australia then check your eligibility for free or low cost qualifications via Skills for All which begins on 2.7.12.

PS. Keep up to date and stay connected with the latest news and information.  Workforce BluePrint blog’s for workforce development and planning plus Facebook and Twitter.

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Written by Wendy Perry 28.6.12

Workforce BluePrint Episode 3 Annual wrap up – prequel

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Approaching the end of this financial year provides a chance to reflect on areas identified early in 2012 – a prequel to episode 1 and a sequel to episode 2 including What’s hot in Workforce Development and Planning and What’s hot in VET.  It seems a tipping point has been reached with an ever increasing interest in workforce development and planning with the opportunity to Maximise Your Workforce Productivity = Capability x Capacity + Contribution.

Skills for All Australians, national VET reform and budget Information on Australian Apprenticeships, Budget 2012-13, Skills for All Australians, User Choice and WELL and User Choice.

VET Workforce Australian VET Leaders group on LinkedIn reached 2000+ members and a presentation on VET Workforce – Recruiting and Retaining highlighted the VET and Employment Services sector as the next industry to be impacted by labour market adjustment.

Work Life Balance and Mini Breaks Port Elliot Day Spa, Normanville, Sea and Vines Festival in McLaren Vale and Cairns – steamy weather, adventure filled and stunning looking.

Workforce BluePrint’s Office Locations

If you are in Adelaide and near the city, Workforce BluePrint has an office at Level 1, 218 Glen Osmond Road as well as Happy Valley.

Workforce Projects

It’s been a very busy season; here are a couple of projects we’ve been working on:

  • Capability framework for a large energy company
  • Workforce plans for Local Government in New South Wales and South Australia
  • Workforce plans for large organisations in agriculture and defence, including researching the impact of the mining boom
  • Workforce plans for TAFE Institutes and Registered Training Organisations
  • National workshops on Applying for Grants and Funding, VET Validation for ACPET
  • NBN e-learning projects
  • Skills for All and Training Awards applications
  • Retention cost calculator and national staff development policy for a large health provider
  • Training needs analysis and skills profiling for individuals, enterprises and industry sectors
  • VET reform and future forecasting
  • Plus loads of workshops and online sessions on all sorts of topics!

Talk to us about your project and remember Workforce BluePrint’s Workforce Plan Tool will be launched soon and if you are interested in taking a look please let us know via and join Workforce Planning Tools group on LinkedIn.

Written by Wendy Perry, 27.6.12

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Workforce BluePrint Episode 2 Future plans – sequel

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From the original post this sequel outlines future plans including ACPET professional development, strategic plan directions, webinars and workshops, and upcoming events – want to catch up?

ACPET – Professional Development – online and around Australia

  • Webinars: Developing a Workforce Plan in 5 Easy Steps
  • Workshops – ACPET: Workforce Development and Planning in Practice, Adelaide

Please refer to the ACPET Professional Development Framework for further information, dates and locations.

Strategic Plan Reinventing Wendy Perry and Associates Pty Ltd.’s strategic plan for 2012-14 builds upon our vision and mission:

Purpose is to Assist clients to measure their workforce and bridge the gap between what they have and what they need

Goal is All enterprises, major projects, industries and regions have a workforce plan.

Strategic Priorities are Sustainability and Finances, Business Processes, Learning and Growth, Clients and Partners and the demonstration of commitment to sustainability is outlined in this article – Wendy Perry and Associates prepares for the low carbon economy.

Webinars and Workshops Register your interest for the following topics to be run over July and August 2012 and read testimonials from participants:

  • Budget 2012-13 – Workforce Development and Planning implications and opportunities
  • Career advice for teens – A recent presentation with Jessica Perry to an audience of career counsellors and VET coordinators on Career advice for teens highlights the importance of counter intuitive thinking.
  • Engaging Employers, Stakeholders and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
  • Funding for Workforce Development and Planning Initiatives – national,      state/territory, local
  • NBN for e-learning – assess your organisation against an NBN Enabled Capability      Framework
  • Workforce Plan Tool – a dynamic online tool that captures evidence and information for      your workforce plan and produces a report whenever you need
  • VET Moderation – work in collaboration to review, compare and evaluate your assessment process and their assessment outcomes, in relation to the same unit/s of competency.
  • VET Reform: the National Picture – covering COAG directions, Skills for All Australians and the National Workforce Development Fund, Skills Australia to Australian Workforce Productivity Agency, Budget 2012-13 and Skills Reform, VET reform from Victoria to South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales and ACT.  Looking back over the last 12 months and then to the future identify challenges and opportunities.

Upcoming events – see you there?

  • National Workforce Development Strategy consultations throughout July.
  • 11-13.7.12 NCVER No Frills Conference in Adelaide and if you are in Adelaide on the night of 11.7.12 you are welcome to join Australian VET Leaders for drinks and dinner after the Intelligence Squared Australia (IQ2) – Live Debate.  Please send an email to to register your interest.
  • 18.7.12 Digital Enterprise Program
  • 14.8.12 Workforce Planning – The Journey in Local Government, Local Government Learning Solutions, Sydney
  • 30-31.8.12 ACPET National Conference in Sydney – see the Workforce Plan Tool demonstrated and the presentation on vStream ACPET National NBN e-learning project.
  • 4.9.12 SMART Business Association AGM
  • 20-21.9.12 VELG 2012 National VET Conference on the Gold Coast – Leading Workforce Development and Planning Solutions
  • 24.10.12 MEGA Networking Event hosted by the SMART Business Association in Southern Adelaide

Written by Wendy Perry, 26.6.12

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Workforce BluePrint Episode 1 Current day – original post

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Like Star Wars, this week you’ll see 3 blog posts over the next 3 days – starting with original post (current day), followed by a sequel (future plans) and then the prequel (annual wrap up).

National Broadband Network (NBN) Use high definition video with vStream ACPET National NBN e-learning project and join the NBN Enabled Capability Development Network group on LinkedIn.

Skills for All (South Australia) Skills for All is here and read about the South Australian state budget and Skills for All count down.

Small Business Support Volunteering as the chair for the SMART Business Association Wendy Perry recently hosted the very successful Brand and Identity MEGA Networking lunch.  This lunch was followed by the Southern Adelaide SA Works Network meeting which Wendy chairs, where CE of DFEEST, Raymond Gerrand outlined the new Skills for All program to be operational in South Australia from 2.7.12.

Social Media Keep up to date and stay connected with the latest news and information.

Workforce BluePrint blog’s for workforce development and planning plus Facebook and Twitter.

Connect with Head Workforce Planner, Wendy Perry, Wendy Perry on LinkedIn, Wendy Perry on Facebook, Wendy Perry on Twitter and Wendy Perry on You Tube – subscribe to the channel.

State and Territory VET reforms and budgets A summary of New South Wales State Budget 2012-13, and the South Australian state budget has a common theme “living within our means”.

Training and Assessment Services – are provided in Plumbing, Product Training and Consultancy for Registered Training Organisations, equipment suppliers, engineering and plumbing companies.

Want to develop your skills and practice in workforce development and planning?  Workforce Architects Silver program in Adelaide on 27 July 2012 – places limited, book now!

The Workforce Architect Silver program will be run face 2 face (supported by online communication) on 27.7.12 in Adelaide, 9.30 am – 3.00 pm at the Education Development Centre (Room G51) with BYO mobile device and lunch.  This program covers the development of a workforce plan for an enterprise or organisation; workforce measurement and analysis; workforce development strategies; researching workforce demand and supply.

Workshop materials will be provided via email with tea, coffee and water included.  Facilitated by Head Workforce Planner, Wendy Perry, you will work through practical steps, tools and an evidence based approach to workforce development and planning.

Investment in the program is $300+GST with a 10% discount if 3 or more people book into a program from the same organisation or association. Book your place now by emailing

All Workforce Architects programs are mapped to unit of competency from National Training Packages (BSB and TAE).

Workforce BluePrint’s Workforce Plan Tool will be launched soon and if you are interested in taking a look please let us know and join Workforce Planning Tools group on LinkedIn.

Written by Wendy Perry, 25.6.12

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Skills for All is Here

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South Australia’s Skills for All is Here

Watch the Hon Jay Weatherill’s and Hom Tom Kenyon’s sites for the latest news.

The media followed yesterday’s story Hundreds of TAFE courses to be free leading you to

So let’s start with the Eligibility Check (which took more than 1 minute) revealing the following:


You are eligible for a funded training opportunity in:

  • one funded course at Certificate I to Advanced Diploma
  • an unlimited number of funded priority courses
  • one funded skill set per annum

The next step is Searching for a training course which means you must know what you are looking for with the following results:

  • all qualifications, all industries returns 1648 matching courses Skills for All funded
  • fee free offers 388 courses
  • priority courses highlights 47 matching courses
  • TAFESA only = 189 courses or 11.5% of Skills for All funded courses

Then to ‘find a training provider’.  In today’s search 41 Registered Training Organisations are listed as Skills for All providers – congratulations to you!

How much does training cost ?  Well nothing for:

  • nationally recognised certificate I and II level courses
  • accredited courses to improve reading, writing, numbers and computer skills
  • courses determined to be priorities for the State

For Certificate III – Advanced Diploma qualifications or the skill set it’s a question for the Skills for All Training Provider so ask for their fee policies.

How to enrol has 4 steps:

  • Choose a career and the qualification needed
  • Search for a course and Choose a Skills for All Training Provider using the search tools
  • Visit or contact the Skills for All Training Provider to discuss your learning needs and eligibility for the course
  • Apply to enrol at your Skills for All Training Provider

The way these steps are described needs to be customised.  For example, choose a career for people upskilling and broadening their skills doesn’t fit and in those 3 words such a big decision is implied for school leavers or those people re-entering the workforce.

Searching for a course means you must know what you are looking for and then the Skills for All Provider needs to gear up very quickly to take the enquiries.  Incorporating career advice is an important component of the overall program (with 32 industries to search across) as well as phone, email, web and Skills for All on Facebook.

Look out for the next blog on the customer contact experience with Skills for All and potential Skills for All Training Providers – please post comments on your experience too.

New South Wales State Budget 2012-13

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In the context of challenging economic times, the NSW Budget 2012-13 delivers what this State needs – responsible spending that enables us to deliver more housing and more infrastructure. Mike Baird MP, NSW Treasurer.

Like the South Australian state budget “living within our means” is the theme.

We have identified more than $1.24 billion in cuts to existing programs and will engage

business to help deliver services better, while ensuring value for money is achieved.”

The main components of the New South Wales State budget in terms of investment are:

  • over the next 4 years an increase in infrastructure spending of $2.2 billion a year
  • $30 million has been set aside to commence preparations for a new Sydney Motorway
  • up to $100 million in infrastructure in the Illawarra as determined by Infrastructure NSW
  • significant overhaul of arrangements and incentives for the NSW housing and construction sector
  • Health – 500 new nurses, additional resources and services
  • Education – $98 million is allocated for early childhood education and care
  • Police, Law and Order – 400 more police
  • $125 million per year to support tourism and major events
  • Regional NSW – for primary industries, natural resource management, water and sewerage supply
  • Small business – 50 per cent increase to funding for assistance programs
  • Expansion of disability services with $336 million delivering 9,125 new places as part of Stronger Together Two
  • $134 million has been allocated for specialist homelessness services
  • $40 million for the new Mental Health Commission and more money for cochlear implants to help children with hearing difficulties
  • extra $96 million will be spent to help the SES prepare for and respond to flood and storm events

Read the budget highlights and summary of Building the State – the package to stimulate the housing sector.

For information on skills you really have to go searching with the Minister for Education’s statement focussing on early childcare and schools highlighting $2.2 billion on vocational education and training,

“That includes funding for TAFE NSW Institutes, registered training providers both private and community based, and regulating apprenticeships and traineeships to improve skills and increase higher qualification levels in NSW,” Mr Piccoli said.

“For TAFE NSW we have allocated $76 million to start 10 new major building and IT projects while continuing work on 17 major building and IT projects.”

See media releases for each Minister and portfolios for further opportunities.

Webinars and Workshops

Get ahead of the reform and changes, build you capability in workforce development and planning and register your interested by emailing for these upcoming webinars:

  • Budget 2012-13 – Workforce Development and Planning
  • Engaging Employers, Stakeholders and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
  • Funding for Workforce Development and Planning Initiatives
  • NBN for e-Learning
  • Workforce Plan Tool
  • VET Reform: the National Picture

Written by Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner at Workforce BluePrint and Managing Director, WPAA.

South Australian State Budget and Skills for All countdown

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South Australian State Budget and Skills for All countdown

“The 2012–13 State Budget has the lowest net spending since this Government came to office,” Mr Snelling said.

Living within our means or ‘living thin’ is the theme of the budget.

“The new spending initiatives we have announced in the 2012-13 State Budget have been targeted at people who need it most, with record spending in disabilities, into areas of high need and into initiatives that make a difference to South Australians.”

These include:

  • $212.5 million to boost to disability services, the largest injection into disabilities in more than 25 years;
  • $45.7 million on a one-off Water Security Rebate to help alleviate the costs of increased water prices;
  • $38.3 million on a new Mining and Engineering Industry Training Centre to ensure South Australians have the skills for the mining jobs of the future;
  • $30.4 million on a new digital system for pathology testing for better patient care in our health system;
  • $28.7 million to redevelop the Parks Community Centre in Adelaide’s north western suburbs;
  • $20 million to make sure South Australia is ready for a launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme;
  • $19.8 million in additional funding to boost support for our children in need of alternative care;
  • $8.3 million to boost equipment and training for our emergency services;
  • $8.3 million on an Advanced Manufacturing Strategy to support growth in this vital sector;
  • $5.6 million to extend the $8000 First Home Bonus Grant for at least another 12 months;
  • $5.1 million for a stamp duty concessions for people buying off-the-plan apartments in the City; and
  • $3.3 million for a pilot program in Adelaide’s northern suburbs for early support for vulnerable families with infants with young children.

Workforce development opportunities in the budget include:

  • Disability sector and not for profits to transition to service provision with the National Disability Insurance Scheme – $1 million over two years to support planning and preparation for the transition from the current block funding arrangements to a more competitive disability services environment in line with a proposed NDIS.
  • Mining and Engineering industry training, mobile workforces and skills for support service providers – $38.3 million on a dedicated centre of training excellence for the mining, engineering, defence and transport industries
  • Outplacement, career development and skills recognition (RPL) for public servants
  • Small and medium enterprise capability to bid for and win contracts
  • Transference of skilled workers across major projects, infrastructure building and upgrades with NEW projects including:

–          $110 million on the grade separation of the Goodwood rail junction;

–          $19 million to build a dedicated Mining and Engineering Industry Training Centre at Regency Park;

–          $13.2 million on the upgrade and signalisation of the intersection of Tiver Road and Main North Road at Evanston;

–          $11.9 million on the Parks Community Centre redevelopment;

  • Water industry and implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan
  • Volunteer training for emergency services:

–          “The CFS and SES will receive $2.6 million over the next four years for the nationally endorsed training. There will be six frontline training staff to bolster frontline support to volunteers,” he said.  Both the CFS/SES are required to provide training in areas such as fire fighting, road crash rescue and marine search and rescue.

  • Advanced Manufacturing sector with $8.3 million over four years for the implementation of an Advanced Manufacturing Strategy including a Mining Industry Participation Office, an Advanced Manufacturing Council, industry intelligence and capability mapping, as well as improving links between research institutions and industry to drive innovation.
  • Early Childhood, Infant and Family based programs
  • Digital Health system implementation and related skills
  • Defence Teaming Centre $2 million for the peak association
  • Critical Skills Investment Program $48.1 million for traineeships and apprenticeships in priority skills areas and through Group Training Organisations
  • New Regional Development Fund would provide $3 million per year on programs that support regional economic development, employment and the attraction of new investment.

Some of the key savings initiatives announced as part of the 2012-13 State Budget include:

  • $372.9 million on the suspension of the electrification of the Gawler and Outer Harbor rail lines. The electrification of the Noarlunga line through to Seaford and the network train capacity will increase;
  • $255.6 million on making the public service more efficient by increasing their efficiency dividend from 0.25% to 1.0% from 2013-14 to be offset by $81.9 million of spending on a new public sector skills and retention entitlement to retain experienced public servants;
  • $166.8 million on the reduction of 1000 full-time equivalent employees in the public service through either targeted voluntary separation packages (TVSP) or natural attrition to be offset by $60.4 million of spending to the cost of providing TVSPs over the same period;
  • $121.2 million on deferring the abolition of stamp duty on non-real property transfers;
  • $77 million on deferring a redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and a rehabilitation in-patient unit at the Modbury Hospital.
  • • Merging the Department of Environment and Natural Resources with the Department of Water, not renewing the Government’s lease on corporate facilities at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and ending funding for the Thinkers in Residence program and the Integrated Design Commission; and
  • $120.4 million on the abolition of payroll tax exemptions for eligible apprentices and trainees to be offset by $48.1 million of spending re-target support directly to registered group training organisations.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

The Government will change the way it supports apprentices and trainees to coincide with the commencement of the Skills For All training scheme – abolishing payroll tax exemptions and targeting funding for qualifications that are of strategic importance.

Group training organisations (GTO) will be rewarded as Australian Apprenticeship completions rates are at least 10% higher than non GTO’s.  Organisations employing an apprentice/trainee in a priority skill area will receive a completion bonus.

Skills for All from July 2012

Skills for All provider contract terms and conditions have been released with providers expectant to hear news if they have been offered a contract, aiming to understand the student eligibility criteria, the subsidised training list, and waiting to be listed as a Skills for All training provider.   Skills in the workplace applications are open and throughout June 2012 the Hon Tom Kenyon MP will be visiting regions launching the new regional networks (former SA Works Networks).

A new Critical Skills Investment Program has been allocated $48.1 million over four years in the State Budget. It will support training in areas of critical skills needs, and to increase the numbers of apprentices and trainees who complete their training.

Coming soon   – By July 2012, Skills for All training providers and the courses they are approved to deliver will be listed on this website, with contact information for every provider.

Webinars and Workshops

Get ahead of the reform and changes, build you capability in workforce development and planning and register your interested by emailing for these upcoming webinars:

  • Budget 2012-13 – Workforce Development and Planning
  • Engaging Employers, Stakeholders and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
  • Funding for Workforce Development and Planning Initiatives
  • NBN for e-Learning
  • Workforce Plan Tool
  • VET Reform: the National Picture

For further information on the 2012-13 South Australian state budget go to:

Written by Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner at Workforce BluePrint and Managing Director, WPAA.

Budget 2012-13 – Workforce Development and Planning

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Budget 2012-13 – Workforce Development and Planning


After listening to the budget speech, reading news and online articles, and analysing the opportunities for workforce development and planning, the following insights are provided from this perspective by Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner, Workforce BluePrint.

The workforce focussed features and opportunities in the budget include:

  1. $714 million to help companies compete, on top of the $3.7 billion in small business tax breaks – Offsetting a current year tax loss of up to $1 million against tax paid in previous years; a refund of up to $300,000.
  2. Funding the first stage of a National Disability Insurance Scheme – $1 billion will be provided over 4 years to roll out the first stage of an NDIS, which is expected to cover 10,000 people from 2013?14 and 20,000 people from 2014?15.
  3. Investing in dental services – $515 million in funding to address immediate dental care needs; $346 million over three years will target public dental waiting lists; $78 million to help dentists relocate to regional, rural and remote areas; $81 million to boost training for graduate dentists and therapists; and $10.5 million to promote better oral health.
  4. Strengthening the aged care system – $3.7 billion package to address pressing areas of need, and lays the foundations for future reform; $660 million over five years for incentives to invest in quality services for those who do need to enter residential care; and $1.2 billion over five years to build a better trained and better paid aged care workforce.
  5. Investments across the health system and across the country – 76 new health infrastructure projects to upgrade regional hospitals and support training where doctors are needed most, costing $475 million; $5 billion from the Health and Hospitals Fund; $50 million over four years to fund a phased expansion of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program; and national e?Health agenda $234 million.
  6. Removing barriers to work and lifting skills boosts productivity and creates wealth – $1.75 billion National Partnership on Skills Reform; another $101 million to support the Government’s skills agenda; $61 million to improve older workers training and employment services; additional $225 million for the Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance program; $1.5 billion over 5 years on a new Remote Jobs and Community program that will provide new employment services for remote Australia; $54 million to encourage maths and science studies at school and university; and $38.8 billion in higher education, with extra support for students from poorer backgrounds.
  7. Investing in infrastructure and clean energyNational Broadband Network and $36 billion Nation Building programs for road, rail and port networks.

Workforce development and planning gaps and issues to be addressed include:

  • Small business support
  • Disability service sector growth
  • Dental and allied health workforce expansion
  • Aged care including home and community care workforce attraction and training
  • Health workforce development including e-health
  • Skills reform
  • Retaining older workers
  • Participation of parents
  • Remote worker engagement
  • Maths and science based skills development
  • Higher education support
  • Major infrastructure projects workforce planning
  • Digital literacy skills development
  • Seasonal labour strategies and overseas sources of workers

For information on funding, grants, reductions, specific Vocational Education and Training (VET), employment, skills and workforce development programs go to:

Climate Change and Energy Efficiency


Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Economic Potential of Senior Australians — employment assistance, Employment Service Arrangements, Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance Program, Mature Age Participation — job seeker assistance, Remote Jobs and Communities Program, Schools — Teach Remote, and Seasonal Labour Mobility Program with Pacific Island Countries and East Timor.

Health and Ageing

Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education: Australian Apprenticeships, Australian Skills Centres of Excellence, ASQA, Higher Education, More Help for Mature Age Workers, Adult and Community Education for Senior Australians (60+ years), International Education, Maths and Science, Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE), MySkills website, National Skills Reform, National Workforce Development Fund (additional $35 million over four years), Small Business Advisory Services, VET FEE-HELP Assistance Scheme Redesign, and Workforce Innovation Program.

Resources, Energy and Tourism

Funding has been redirected or moved into priority areas from a number of existing programs.  This will mean that the Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Employment Services sectors including Australian Apprenticeship Centres, Disability Employment Services, Group Training Companies, Job Services Australia providers, Higher Education providers, Industry or Peak Bodies and Registered Training Organisations, with government funding, will need to carefully consider their workforce development and planning needs to position for the future.

Maximise Your Workforce Productivity = Capability x Capacity + Contribution

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Blog courtesy of Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner, Workforce BluePrint who presented Maximise Your Workforce Productivity and Uncover Funding Opportunities at a breakfast event in Townsville on 17 April 2012 sponsored by DEEWR and the Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE.

QLD is nearly twice as likely to be having difficulty in attracting staff in regional towns/cities (48.6%) than the national average (25.8%). The mining states of WA & QLD are also facing difficulty in attracting staff to rural and remote locations, with twice as many respondents in these combined states saying this is the case (17.9%), compared to the rest of Australia (8.9%). Labourers have been much more difficult to recruit in QLD (20.3%), which has recently suffered considerable damage from flooding, than the other states.

Source: Bank West Skills Shortage Report, April 2012

Why Workforce Planning?  Why for you?

  • Risk management
  • Significant employer or small employer
  • Dynamic and complex economy
  • Legislative and contractual environment
  • Significant growth or downsizing
  • Challenges with shift in demographics and age profile
  • Industry and policy directions (national, state, local)
  • New project, site, facility
  • Problems attracting, recruiting and retaining staff
  • Improve quality, workplace health and safety
  • Example of good practice and increasing requirements for contracts/client expectations
  • Evidence based approach for capability, tenders and proposals

Business Health Check – strengths and development needs

At a high level where are the strengths and where are the development needs?

From 0 – 10 rate your organisation across the following areas:

  • Strategic Direction
  • Development of Business Processes
  • Human Resources
  • Finances
  • Customers
  • Market Analysis

What is Workforce Planning?  What is Workforce Development?

Workforce Planning is the process of taking stock of the current workforce, forecasting future workforce requirements and identifying gaps or issues.

Workforce Development relates to strategies and activities that bridge those gaps.

Develop a workforce plan in 5 easy steps

  1. Context and environment
  2. Current workforce profile
  3. Future workforce profile
  4. Gap analysis and closing strategies
  5. Review and evaluation

Who should be involved?

  • Business owner/manager and/or executive commitment
    • Whole of business?  Slice/sample?  Depends on the size of your organisation
    • Utilise communication mechanisms across the organisation – executive, management, general staff, clients
    • Incorporate existing information e.g. Staff surveys, performance management,  job descriptions
    • An approach that works well is a working group representing job roles
    • Development of a project plan
    • Over educate & over communicate

Design workforce development strategies to attract and retain your workforce – build capability and capacity plus contribution.  Gap closing strategies may include:

#1 = Retention

  • Ageing particularly if you have an outside workforce with Workplace Health and Safety issues
  • Succession planning, knowledge management, communication, career paths
  • Training needs analysis, learning and development plans, leadership development
  • Work Life Balance – packaging benefits of flexible working arrangements, phased retirement
  • Employer of Choice, reward and recognition
  • Common employee views – not feeling valued and respected, could attract a higher salary elsewhere, don’t like internal politics
  • Check on excessive hours, stress management
  • Priority occupations – demand vs. supply + or –

#2 = Attraction and Recruitment

Maximise Your Workforce Productivity by building on Capability x Capacity + Contribution through a workforce plan and take control.  Already have a workforce plan in place?  Use this checklist to compare your plan against a good practice approach.

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Skills for all Australians to Skills for All (SA), User Choice and WELL Funding

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The Commonwealth government likes the reforms being implemented in South Australia and it shouldn’t be lost that new national reforms are titled Skills for all Australians and in SA its Skills for All (implemented from July 2012).  With News South Wales and Queensland moving into a period of state based VET reform, watch for similarities (and differences).

Skills for all Australians

The Prime Minister has announced a Skills Reform package for States and Territories to reform the national vocational education and training system to address skills shortages across the economy.

Skills for all Australians aims to achieve a more competitive, dynamic economy.

The Commonwealth has committed $1.75 billion over five years to achieve key reforms to be negotiated with the states and territories through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG):

  • a national entitlement to training at a minimum of the first certificate III qualification so working age Australians have the opportunity to gain the skills needed to get a decent, sustainable job in Australia’s new economy;
  • wider access to student loans to reduce upfront cost barriers to study at the diploma and advanced diploma level;
  • increased availability of information about courses, costs and training provider quality through a new My Skills website so students and business can make well informed choices about their training options, linked to their own needs and the needs of the economy; and choose a high quality training provider to help them develop the skills they seek;
  • support for quality teaching and assessment, including trialling models for independent validation of training provider assessments so students and employers can have confidence in the quality and consistency of training they purchase;
  • support for a strong public training provider network through the implementation of the reforms to ensure a high quality training system is accessible to all Australians; and
  • incentives to achieve improved completion of full qualifications, particularly at higher levels and for disadvantaged students, to deliver the qualified workers that business needs and give all Australians the opportunity to develop skills and participate in the workforce.

In response to the Commonwealth Government’s reform agenda on taking office, COAG agreed ambitious skills objectives by 2020 to:

  • double the number of higher level qualifications completions (diploma or advanced diploma);
  • halve the proportion of Australians aged 20 to 64 years without a qualification at the certificate III level or higher; and
  • increase the proportion of young Australians aged 20 to 24 attaining a year 12 or equivalent to 90 per cent by 2015 (with equivalence measured as certificate II or above by 2015, and certificate III or above by 2020).

Skills for all Australians has 3 main documents – reforms, supporting students, and small business – keep an eye on this website and the PM’s press site for further info and announcements.

NB. COAG next meets on 13 April 2012 – watch the website for the Communique.

Skills for All

Friday 30 March is the day that many people have been waiting for with the release of the Skills for All Subsidy Framework and Price list.  Information sessions are being run on 2 April 2012 and 4 April 2012.

The Skills for All Subsidised Training List details the qualification that can be funded.  Registered Training Organisations need to apply to become a Skills for All Training Provider and a guide to completing the application has been published.

Skills in the Workplace addresses urgent skills requirements for South Australian industries and enterprises.

Delivery foundation skills programs by applying to first be a listed ACE provider and then for grant funding.  Applications for the 2012/13 grant funding round must be received by Friday 27 April 2012.

The Training Guarantee for SACE students means the South Australian Government will pay a course subsidy to a Skills for All Training Provider for selected SACE students who are 16 years of age or older.

National Workforce Development Fund

Please be advised of the following information from Service Skills Australia, thanks to Bernard Moore:

a)    Closing date for the national workforce applications is this Friday. Please ensure you leave adequate time to lodge directly.  If lodging through Service Skills, please lodge by 4pm AEST, Thursday 29th March 2012.

b)    For those organisations running short of time to complete a full application, please complete the electronic expression of interest:

(The aim is to collate and lodge these expressions of interest for funding where sufficient detail is available).

c)    ALL candidates must be enrolled in an approved project by end May. The registered training organisation must be able to report enrolments by first week of June. (Training provider admin processes will need to be operating effectively as candidates not recorded on that RTO report in the first week of June cannot be funded).

For a summary of User Choice RTO funding for Australian Apprenticeships across all states and territories read WPAA’s latest blog.

Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) ProgramFunding for resource and strategic project 2012

Submissions for WELL funding are invited from eligible organisations that wish to develop a resource or strategic project that supports adult language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) training across one or more industry sectors.

Resources can include training materials that support:

  • a nationally endorsed Training Package
  • industry relevant LLN assessment and reporting methods, or
  • professional development resources for industry trainers/assessors aligned with Training Packages.

Strategic projects must have national scope and can include:

  • the development of LLN plans for a particular industry or industry group, or
  • the development and implementation of a national model or strategy to integrate LLN into workplace training with a cross-industry focus.

Application forms, guidelines and other relevant information are available on the WELL website.  For further information, please contact the WELL Resource Coordinator on 02 6240 7498.

Applications must be submitted electronically through WELL Online, which can be accessed through the WELL website.  Resource project applications must be received by 5.00 pm AEST, Monday 16 April 2012.

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