Category Archives: Workforce Planning Tools

Human connections enhanced by gamification, blockchain, podcasting, space, self-driving cars and bots at SXSW17

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Human connections at the SXSW registrants lounge with fellow South Australians, and human-focused design, taking boring content and turning it into games whilst changing behaviour, featured in a framework for actionable gamification in the first SXSW interactive session.

Like Waze’s snake monster where user generated content beat the traffic – this approach could work well for the Real Day Out (RDO) and so could Collection Sets at RDO stops.IMG_7697 Read More

National Innovation and Science Agenda underpinned by research capability

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A blueprint has been launched to encourage future investment decisions in research infrastructure.  The Australian Government has funded it to help position researchers with better accessibility to world-class infrastructure.

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The commitment to prioritise research infrastructure needs will roll out over the next 10 years. And it all starts with the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap. Over 300 written submissions were received from all over Australia in the first stage alone. Read More

Job creation & growth in Greater Shepparton

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A few hours’ drive north of Melbourne, Greater Shepparton boasts a $2.88 billion Gross Regional Product (GRP).  The region is on the cusp of major growth, with an expected 1.2% population rise per annum, between now and 2031.

Agriculture is facilitating this growth, especially in fruit, dairy, cattle, sheep and grain production.  Other key industry sectors include health care, social assistance and retail trade.shepparton_cow_parade

The  has partnered with the Department of Sustainability and Environment to outline a plan focused on leveraging the region’s strengths. Read More

Building a sustainable, capable and skilled workforce, to support the aged care industry boom

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Australia’s aged care workforce is expected to grow to nearly 830,000 by 2050.  But while it’s a growing industry, it’s facing several challenges, including an ageing workforce, the increased demand for residential care placements, flexible delivery of these services, ensuring high levels of care, and the expansion of consumer directed care (CDC).

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A major expansion of its workforce is needed, at a time when the labour market is getting tighter.  Significantly, the time to achieve that skilled and sustainable aged care workforce is now. Read More

South Australian Budget 2016 – Workforce Focus

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Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill

Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill

This blog post focuses on the workforce opportunities in the South Australian state budget delivered by the Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis MP including employment, entrepreneurship, industry and innovation, regional support and STEM but also highlights a couple of areas that need more attention.

A new format for explaining the budget describes benefits for:

  • Business
  • Households
  • Innovation and entrepreneurs
  • Education
  • The community
  • Environment
  • Defence

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Economic blueprint to attract talent to Northern Australia

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The Government has released their vision for turning Northern Australia into an “economic powerhouse” in the next 20 years.

Katherine GorgeThe $1.2bn plan outlines a $600 million roads package to improve routes to the north, a $200 million Water Infrastructure Development fund and a $75 million Co-operative Research Centre.  Boosting links with the broader Asia-Pacific region will be a focus on the centre and money will be pumped into tourism, to attract investment in the region. Read More

Plan for growth needs a workforce to match

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With the world of work rapidly evolving, enterprises need to adapt to the changing circumstances.

Forward-thinking organisations will focus their attention on a long-term strategy, understanding the workforce impacts, and developing a diverse workforce.

Let’s take a look at the essentials of workforce planning and development to see why you might need a plan for growth.

Minimise growing pains
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Major changes will occur across organisations, industry sectors, regions and countries – increasing export, expanding nationally, implementing technologies and innovating product development. 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

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

Skills for All observations and the Workforce Development Program

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Skills for All began on 1 July 2012 – a new model of funding Vocational Education and Training in South Australia.

Other states and territories, such as Smart and Skilled in NSW, are basing components of their new initiatives on Skills for All so even if you work outside of SA, I’d suggest the progress of Skills for All is something to watch closely.

Image by Somerset College via Flickr

BUT how future orientated and long sighted are some aspects of Skills for All and what have we learnt from implementation to date?  What’s new and exciting?

This blog provides observations on the fundamentally changed VET market, comments on funded skill sets, RPL, the Training Guarantee for SACE Students, Skills in the Workplace and the Workforce Development Program. Read More