Category Archives: Workforce Projects

10 BIG Workforce Capability Initiatives announced in Federal Budget 2014 #budget2014

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Press release Friday, May 16th, 2014 – Workforce BluePrint

Investing in the workforce, improving work culture and boosting productivity are priorities for the Federal Government in their 2014 budget.

“The announcement of 10 big workforce initiatives indicates a shift to workforce engagement, productivity, transition and retention with major workforce capability development programmes to be rolled out over the next 4-6 years”, says Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner at Workforce BluePrint.

“A combination of investment in areas of growth like rail and road projects, regional development and diversification for sectors like automotive and defence is critical if Australia’s unemployment rate is to remain steady at 6-6.25%.  This is the rate that has been used as the basis for planning by the federal government out to 2015-16 and I’m concerned that it’s not realistic”, Wendy points out.

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National Workforce Development Fund – Suggestions for Improvement

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Building on the National Workforce Development Fund – Fundamentals blog this post makes suggestions for improvement.

The first suggestion relates to the name of the fund.  It’s called the National Workforce Development Fund when in fact it only funds training and assessment of whole qualifications and some Training Package endorsed skill sets.

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Workforce Development is a much broader concept, seen as an umbrella term for strategies that bridge the gap between the current workforce and the desired workforce forecast.

So in its current form a more appropriate title is probably the National Training Fund, however I think its name should be retained and what is funded should be broadened.  Using ‘workforce development’ language, and then only funding training and assessment, confuses enterprises, partners and Registered Training Organisations. Read More

National Workforce Development Fund – Fundamentals

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$700 million has been made available by the Australian Government over 2011-12 to 2015-16.  Organisations can identify their current and future training needs based upon the business goals and outcomes they are aiming to achieve.

Where organisations may have whole of workforce needs, Skills Connect Programs, including the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF), Workplace English Language and Literacy, Investing in Experience, Australian Apprenticeship Mentoring, and Accelerated Australian Apprenticeships can support development needs.

NWDF fundamentals

Reading case studies is a good way to see what has been funded in the past and download Skilling Your Business.  The quick reference guides are useful and subscribe to The Bridge for the latest news and changes on Skills Connect.  It is important to know how the fund works. Read More

Human Resource Development and Workforce Planning in Bhutan

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Landing in Paro, Bhutan and then being driven to Thimphu late afternoon on Monday 4 February 2013, colleagues Nelson Salangsang, Manager-International Projects, Office of Commercial Services, Queensland University of Technology and Rod McShannon from Busy at Work had already met with the Permanent Secretary, Director and key staff from the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources.

The Kingdom of Bhutan is land locked and bordered by China and India on the southern slopes of the Himalayas.  Weather was cool especially overnight and I noticed the difference with the altitude.  Views were of mountains, streams and agricultural, village landscapes.

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Whilst the program was similar to that delivered in Maldives there was a slightly different emphasis.  Read More

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 wendy@workforceblueprint.com.au and join Workforce Planning Tools group on LinkedIn.

Written by Wendy Perry, 27.6.12

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NEW for 2012 Workforce Planning and Development Conference Talks (C) and Workshop (W) Topics

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Looking for relevant and practical professional development and engaging conference presenters?  Any of these NEW topics interest you?

  • A Broader View of Client Workforce Development
  • An Introduction to Innovative Workforce Management
  • Building Competency Frameworks to Measure Workforce Capability
  • Developing a Workforce Plan in 5 Easy Steps
  • Engaging Employers, Stakeholders and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
  • Future Service Provision
  • Give Your Organisation a Health Check  or Give your charity a business check
  • How to Develop a Skills Profile
  • Organisational Development – what every CEO, HR and VET professional must know
  • Regional Workforce Planning
  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Work Life Balance – An Introduction
  • Small and Medium Sized Enterprise (SME) Extreme Make-over
  • Teleworking and Working at Home
  • What’s in your Innovation Toolkit?
  • Workforce Development and Planning in Practice

NB. Check out the info on customisation

Supporting tools and resources including:

  • NBN Enabled Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) – Assess Your Capability; and
  • Workforce Planner Self-evaluation

Interested?  YES, then read about the details of the topics, send an email to wendy@workforceplanningtools.com.au with your pick and mix list or specific focus area and we’ll come back to discuss what you want, a brief proposal and possible dates.  Thank you!

PS. join the Workforce Planning Tools LinkedIn Group for links, tips and hints.

National Workforce Development Fund, Skills Australia, NCVER, Skills for All, news, views, blogs

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National Workforce Development Fund  – On Wednesday 10 August 2011, the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF) opened with $558 million for 2011-12 to 2014-15 and the due date for applications is 12 noon 30 September 2011*…

Putting skills at the heart of the economy  – Anticipated by leaders in skills and workforce development and coming at a crucial time, the Putting skills at the heart of the economy 2011 conference held on 21 July 2011 at The Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne, was very well attended with a great line up of speakers…

2011 NCVER No Frills Conference – I haven’t missed many NCVER conferences over the years and I’m glad that I attended the 20th No Frills Conference in Coffs Harbour this week as it gave me an opportunity to take some time out to think of new initiatives and identify ideas to explore with others…

Skills for Prosperity and the 2011 Federal Budget  – On the 3rd May 2011, Skills Australia launched their most significant paper to date on workforce development titled Skills for Prosperity A roadmap for Vocational Education and Training

Evidence based approach to workforce and client demand – Increasingly you are being asked to provide evidence of demand for jobs and skills that are linked to your contracts, funding and proposals as well as your programs and services, and that reach specific outcomes and targets…

Skills for All and Opportunities for You  – Skills for All, the Strategic Direction for Vocational Education and Training in South Australia 2011-2014 has been published and was great weekend reading with the pink highlighter pen out…

Congratulations to:

Skillsbook website providers a home for credentials – use Skillsbook to build skills profiles for RPL, profile job roles, undertake Training Needs Analysis and build competency frameworks.  Download Skillsbook for iphone too.

RDNS Education Centre for being shortlisted for small training provider of the year at the South Australian Training Awards – see you on the night, 2nd September 2011 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

National Crime Check – new website launched where you can submit your police check online.

Australian VET Leaders – potential, emerging and current Join the 400 strong members of this LinkedIn community discussing VET issues and opportunities.  Are you an Australian VET Leader?

Training Needs Analysis Workshops  Recently Service Skills Australia presented a professional development opportunity ideal for practitioners facilitating internal Training Needs Analysis (TNA), working with teams, enterprises and organisations, up to major projects such as large sporting complexes, around Australia.  Workforce BluePrint was contracted to facilitate the workshops and Wendy Perry and we received feedback like,

Thank you for the material from the recent workshop on TNA.  It is most help full and appreciated.  Can I say that I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and as it gave me a better insight into the value of  TNA and its execution.

Here are all the comments from participants.

SMART Business Association The SMART Business Association website is being designed and it will be the site to be on if you run a business in Southern Adelaide or do business in the South – all with searchable categories and extras to help you to grow your business and local market.  Get a listing as part of your membership for only $50, email Garry Triffett for your membership form.

Latest Presentations and Workshops Workshops, conferences, professional development activities on leading edge topics.  Bookings are currently being taken into 2012 – get in quickly with your preferred dates!

Latest blogs and views

Customer Friendly Flying and Travel in Australia

Innovation Leader?

Queen’s birthday long weekend in Rockhampton

Hobby blogging as featured in SA Defence Business Magazine

Think Food – Think Consistency, Quality and Trust as featured for in business magazine

Barossa Valley – can we have it all plus a mini break?

Lazy Ballerina, K1, Three Brothers Arms, Longview and Royal Oak

Succeeding in your first full time job

Cellar Door Wine Festival

What have we been up to?

  • Development of workforce plans and competency frameworks for various clients across Australia in the Agriculture, Banking and Finance, Building and Construction, Civil Construction, Community Services, Contact Centre, Defence, Disability, Education, Employment Services, Energy, Events, Food and Wine, Government, Health, Higher Education, Manufacturing, Mining and Resources, Telecommunications, Tourism, Vocational Education and Training (VET), and Water sectors
  • Consultant for the design and development of Ergon Energy’s Capability Framework, 2011
  • Project management of the South Australian Contact Centre Survey for ATA and the Department of Trade and Economic Development, 2011
  • Project management of the WorkLife Balance Innovations Project for SafeWork SA including facilitation of Masterclasses, 2011
  • Facilitation of the Women influencing Defence and Resources Industries (WiDRI) Community of Practice, 2011
  • Recognition of Prior Learning Project for Regional Development Australia, Kangaroo Island, June 2011
  • Skills Australia information session, May 2011
  • DFEEST SA Works Strategic Planning Workshop, May 2011
  • Defence Teaming Centre networking, May 2011
  • Workforce development and planning workshop for small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs), Sunraysia Institute of TAFE, Mildura, May 2011
  • ACPET and WEA networking event, May 2011
  • Workforce plan for South West TAFE in Victoria, May 2011
  • South Australian Skills and Workforce Forum, April 2011
  • Women influencing Defence and Resource Industries (WiDRI) Community of Practice launch, April 2011
  • Women in Leadership, CEDA luncheon, April 2011
  • Can we have it all? Regional Development Australia, Barossa Valley, April 2011
  • SMART Friday Night drinks at the Vic, March 2011
  • Think Food, Food SA, March 2011
  • Work Life Balance Masterclass and Tools project, March 2011
  • Workforce planning for service success, Jobs Australia, March 2011 and May 2011
  • Cellar Door Wine Festival, February 2011
  • RPL system design, February 2011
  • SMART business breakfast, February 2011
  • Workforce planning for local government, Queanbeyan Local Government Association NSW, February 2011
  • Development a regional workforce plans and client analysis for Job Service Australia and Disability Employment Service providers, 2011
  • Regional workforce plan for the Mid North and Yorke Peninsula in South Australia, January 2011
  • Australia Day mini break at Port Elliot, January 2011
  • Tour Down Under, Willunga stage finish, January 2011
  • Business and workforce profile for Kangaroo Island, January 2011

Contact us…

The very best way to contact us is via 1. email wendy@workforceblueprint.com.au , 2 text 0416 150 491, 3. Call 0416 150 491, 4. call our office number 08 8387 9800, 5. fax 08 8387 9820.

If you do not wish to receive copies of our enews please send an email to wendy@workforceblueprint.com.au with “Thanks but no thanks” in the subject line – we’ll understand.

National Workforce Development Fund

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On Wednesday 10 August 2011, the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF) opened with $558 million for 2011-12 to 2014-15 and the due date for applications is 12 noon 30 September 2011*.  $148 million is available during 2011-12 which is made up of $73 million under this NWDF and $74 million under existing arrangements for the Critical Skills Investment Fund.

As the new Workforce Productivity Agency isn’t yet established (from 1 July 2012), DEEWR is managing the NWDF for this financial year using a model based upon the Enterprise Based Productivity Places Program with applications through the Industry Skills Councils.

Partnering Organsiations (POs) including enterprises, professional associations, industry bodies, lead agents for a consortia and employment service providers can apply (not Registered Training Organisations but as least 1 RTO must be involved).  The partnership for an application must involved 1 or more POs, RTO/s and an Industry Skills Council (ISC).

“A key element of the Fund is to encourage organisations to undertake workforce planning and skills needs analysis to develop training solutions that align with business goals.”  Workforce BluePrint is working with RTOs from around Australia in developing their skills and capability in workforce development and planning, RPL and Training Needs Analysis.  Read comments and feedback from participants in our programs, workshops and projects.  Use tools and templates to help you to develop your own workforce plan and for your clients.

Aged care ($25 million) and construction sectors ($25 million) are priorities linked to the mining boom, roll out of the National Broadband Network and housing demand.  There is direct link with the Cleaner Energy Future Plan as, “funding will also be allocated for projects that enhance workers’ energy efficiency skills and develop skills which support the use of low emissions technology or support the development of clean energy skills in the construction sector and across all sectors”, up to $10 million.

Proposals need to be submitted to Industry Skills Councils with most ISC’s asking for applications by late August – mid September 2011*.  ISC’s will call for proposals, convene an Assessment Panel with DEEWR to identify priorities for funding against the Assessment Criteria, submit applications to DEEWR, maintain contact with applicants, monitor the partnership arrangements, receive $$ and disperse funds, collect data and undertake reporting. 

Training through the Fund must be for an Eligble Qualification, for new workers Certificate II-Vocational Graduate Diploma and existing workers Certificate III-Vocational Graduate Diploma.  Qualifications eligible for funding are mapped to the Priority Occupation List (POL – available soon) with each ISC together with DEEWR outlining priority areas.

“RTOs delivering under the Fund must offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)…for each participant in the program.”

Have you got a partnership with the relevant Industry Skills Councils?  Follow the links below to take you to specific pages on the National Workforce Development Fund applications:

Agrifood Skills Australia

Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council

Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council

EE-Oz

Forest Works

Government Skills Australia

IBSA

 Manufacturing Skills Australia

Skills DMC

Service Skills Australia and say hi to Bernard Moore in the video

Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council

 Interested in assistance to develop a Workforce Plan, undertake a Training Needs Analysis or build your capability in workforce development and planning?  Get in touch with our Head Workforce Planner, Wendy Perry via wendy@workforceblueprint.com.au .

Evidence based approach to workforce and client demand

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Increasingly you are being asked to provide evidence of demand for jobs and skills that are linked to your contracts, funding and proposals as well as your programs and services, and that reach specific outcomes and targets.

So how do you,

  1. Make sense of the data on business and industry (I), major projects and regional trends?
  2. Analyse demographics (D) information?
  3. Know who you should partner (P) with?
  4. Examine your client (C) profile?

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Marry all 4 areas to identify opportunities for new products and services, develop engagement and support strategies, and provide crucial evidence demonstrating how you can meet demand now and into the future?

Workforce BluePrint has developed a methodology and a process to help you quickly and simply understand the industry (I), demographics (D), partners (P) and your client (C) profile resulting in engagement (E), and support (S) strategies, this is what is looks like:

Workforce Demand

A skills profile (SP) that details foundation skills, transferable skills and industry specific skills plus a competitor analysis (CA) are options you may want to include.

Methodology

–        Action research and collection of data for the specified regions, Local Government Areas (LGA’s) or Employment Service Areas (ESA’s)from a range of national, state/territory, local, major projects, regional and industry sources covering industry workforce demand and social demographics

–        Analysis of your client profile for the location/s

–        Comparison of industry workforce demand profile and social demographics with your client profile

–        Identification of themes in the data and validation of analysis with team members working across the specific locations to value add with local intelligence

–        Partnership map development with local team members

–        Option of skills profile and/or competitor analysis

–        Development of an action plan with priorities, engagement and support strategies and validation by team members

–        Documentation of the whole process so it is repeatable and can be used across your organisation and at other locations/regions.

Outputs per region or location may include:

–        Industry and business workforce profile

–        Social demographics

–        Partnership map

–        Client profile

–        Skills profile

–        Competitor analysis

–        Report and action plan

Get the evidence you need for your business case, tender submission, funding allocations, new program or workforce plan.

Send an email to wendy@workforceblueprint.com.au with the various components that you are interested in – I, D, P, C, SP and/or CA.

Workforce profiling for an island or region

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Identifying current skills needs by employers in existing employees and their future workforce and profiling the workforce for an island or a region enables better informed decision making and longer term workforce development strategies.

Analysing the results can provide regional and industry development agencies, local networks, government and funding bodies with insight into strengths vs sustainability, community assets and common development needs.

Collect information and data such as numbers employed by industry, age profile, gender, employment status, skill level, advertised vacancies by month, job type, location, skill level and industry.

Ask business owners about their workforce issues and challenges, the skills needs for their employees and themselves and aggregate the results with the most common development needs.

Design a skills profile that includes foundation skills, transferable skills and job specific skills and map to units of competency from National Training Packages with Skillsbook to make formal recognition and the purchase of training and assessment services easier.

Validate the data analysis, skills profile and dig a bit deeper with businesses to understand what is really casing them problems and what solutions could work.

Summarise the results and trends making recommendations that can be implemented by local people with an action plan.

Publish the report, present the information to all stakeholders including the businesses in the survey, follow through with the actions and keep the action plan as a standing item for the local network with projects and funding built from it.

Move towards a workforce plan for the island or region and for each of the organisations by helping them assess the health of their business, provide support, information, education and mentoring.  Work with the businesses on immediate human resource management issues, strategic planning and chat quickly then do.