Category Archives: Workforce Development

Take your business to the world

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From two countries to six and now expanding to twenty, after undertaking the Women in Global Business (WIGB) program in 2013, Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner from Workforce BluePrint is excited for what 2016 will bring.

Wendy Perry (far right) with colleagues from the Defence Teaming Centre and members of a delegation from India.

Wendy Perry (far right) with colleagues from the Defence Teaming Centre and members of a delegation from India.

“When I began the WIGB mentoring in 2013 our international experience included just two countries – Bhutan and Maldives.  Through the regular catch ups, hearing from an experienced exporter in a different industry, I was encouraged to research a number of markets and hone in on a couple. Read More

The NDIS & the growth of the disability workforce

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There is a plethora of career opportunities for people, especially young people, in the disability sector… but a career in this rewarding sector will require specialised skills.

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – a joint venture between the Disability Reform Council and the Integrated Market, Sector and Workforce Strategy – provides a clear plan to align market, sector and workforce development activities.

An estimate of 50,000 more jobs will be created through the NDIS in Australia – including organisational support workers, personal assistants to people with a disability, allied health therapists, case managers, local area coordinators, mental health nurses and support workers. Read More

WorkReady: 8 areas the new Minister can quickly make a positive impact

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With Gail Gago stepping down from her role as Minister, and a Cabinet reshuffle about to be announced, this blog will identify 8 areas that the next Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills can quickly make a positive impact on WorkReady.

The Funded Training List (FTL) is the foundation that WorkReady is built upon and my hope is that we have a more robust system.  You wouldn’t build a new building on an old, broken foundation – I believe the FTL is broken and a stronger evidence based foundation would support a fresh skills strategy for the future.

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In terms of a quick stock take the last announcement from Minister Gail Gago was for $8 million WorkReady projects,

Up to 1,500 people are expected to get jobs supported by 2,600 new training places – as a result of an additional $7.9 million over the next two financial years.

$285 million is already committed for training in 2015-16 for private training organisations with Minister Gago stating,

“We are also committing $6.4 million over two years to support 2,250 new training places and other support services at private providers, offered through Jobs First STL Projects and Jobs First Employment Projects.

Focus areas include aged care, disability, early childhood care and construction, but training in other areas will be supported where there is a direct link to a job.

A subsequent call for Jobs First Employment Projects will occur early next year.”

The new Minister has the opportunity to rethink the priorities for WorkReady and move away from a list based approach to an evidence based approach. Read More

England’s workforce plan to train 20K nurses by 2019

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On the back of reducing cuts to health courses, Health Education England have announced their initiative to train more than 23,000 extra nurses to meet growing demands.

There are particular issues with regard to nurses in the sector – turnover is high at over 30% (over 16,000 leave their role each year), while they have an older age profile to the wider sector (44% are aged 50 or over).  Another important statistic is that over 1 in 3 (37%) are from a non-British nationality which suggests employers are recruiting from abroad.  In terms of pay, nurses are paid less on average (£24,350) than their NHS counterparts. Read More

Business skills needs analysis taking Monash to another level

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In 2014, Monash contributed 4.1% to Victoria’s employment and there’s no sign of growth slowing down anytime soon.

Keen to understand local businesses skills needs, the City of Monash is working alongside Workforce BluePrint, engaging enterprises and stakeholders to uncover evidence of capability gaps.

20 000+ businesses – 118 000+ jobs – $13.62 GRP

With Monash expected to grow to 207,727 by 2036 – a 13.46% rise in population from 2015 statistics – the City of Monash has put together the Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan to support the number of people visiting and settling in Monash. Read More

Injecting innovation into small regional town with a big vision – Robe

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The South Australian Government has injected $80,000 into the Limestone Coast, to assist companies in the South-East develop effective and strategic business models.  Robe in particular, is on the cusp of economic growth, with new businesses starting up in the town – and the Government is taking notice.

Limestone Coast locals can access the Business Model Innovation Program, which helps participants rethink their current business model, explore new ways of running their business, and revenue diversification strategies.

Enabling employment in the Limestone Coast

The region is a great place to start a business.  Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast acts as a local facilitator for a number of Australian and South Australian government funded initiatives in fields such as export, food & wine and workforce development. Read More

Is your workforce holding back future business growth?

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Would you agree that to grow and expand your business whilst increasing profitability you need to have your workforce on board with your targets and future plans?

And you may be experiencing tension between shifts, team members or managers.  Perhaps job roles and reporting is unclear or behaviour and performance is left unchecked and the management team are not aligned?  Maybe you are an alliance of companies, perhaps in a regional location or industry sector, and a skilled local workforce is critical for your growth.

And what you really need to grow the business or region, considering export opportunities, is a switched on team, happy to suggest new ideas or products and better ways of doing things.  Able to deal with customer complaints and turn them into fans, with pride to say you work here and in non-metro locations particularly, a pool of local skilled people to draw upon.

Could it be time to get your Human Resource infrastructure sorted, and/or the evidence of the type of workforce you really need, and understand the skills needs to achieve your KPIs with production and sales targets?

Here are 9 tips on how to ensure that your workforce is not holding back future business growth: Read More

Transforming Geelong from traditional manufacturing to innovation

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Geelong’s unemployment rate has risen to nearly 7.5% – a 1.8% increase from the year before.  With blue and white-collar jobs drying up the city’s unemployment rate is hitting local youth the hardest.

90,000 young Victorians out of work – and no jobs

A recent article describes the 21% youth unemployment in Geelong as “an absolute crisis” – which is well beyond the state’s 16.3% rate.

“We have got youth unemployment at levels that we simply haven’t seen since the global financial crisis.  On top of that, we’ve seen a significant shift in employment overall,” Victorian Council of Social Services’ Chief Executive Emma King emphasised recently.

“So for young people, following such a shift in employment from manufacturing to the service industry, young people simply aren’t getting their fair share of jobs.”

But local groups and the Government are taking action – to help transforming Geelong from traditional manufacturing to innovation. Read More

Southern Adelaide: Leading the way in entrepreneurship and innovation

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Adelaide’s south has become a world-leading centre for innovation and collaboration, attracting international attention, just three years into a major 20-year transformation project.  With the state’s dedication to growth, alongside quality higher education and Vocational Education and Training (VET), Adelaide is set to tackle its high unemployment rates of 8%.

With a $4.8million GRP, Southern Adelaide is made up of industrious, hard-working people with a strong sense of community and environment.  Commercial activity ranges from small, local businesses to worldwide leading exporters. Read More