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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.

Workforce Development funding

By | Vocational Education and Training, Workforce Development, Workforce Projects | One Comment

So where to look for funding opportunities to support your workforce development project or training of your staff?  Here’s a couple of sites and links you might find useful with programs funded by the Australian Government:

Critical Skills Investment Fund

Workforce Innovation Program

Clean Sustainable Skills Package

Teaching and Learning Capital Fund

Workplace English Language and Literacy Program

Productivity Places Program

Industry Training Strategies Program

Jobs Fund

Innovation Fund

Applications for Training Grants

Family Centred Employment Project

Social Enterprise Development and Investment Fund

IBSA supporting Workforce Development

Ausindustry Programs and Grants

Enterprise Connect Services and Grants

Grantslink

Post your links of funds and grants you know of and look out for a new blog post with state and territory specific funding information soon.

Clever Brainstorming Techniques

By | Strategic Planning, Workforce Projects | One Comment

I’m always looking for innovative ways to think up new projects; about problems and answers; and to understand workforce issues and opportunities.

Recently I came across Speed Thinking by Ken Hudson which has 4 steps:

1. Start – brainstorm 9 ideas in 2 minutes (individually or in a group)

2. Evaluate – in 2 minutes pick the best idea in 2 minutes

3. Build – make this 1 idea 9 times better in 2 minutes

4. Action – identify 9 action steps in 2 minutes

Blue Ocean Strategy by W Chan Kim & Renee Mawborgne 2005 aims to create value innovation with their 4 actions framework:

– Reduce – Which factors should be reduced?

– Create – Which factors should be created?

– Raise – Which factors should be raised?

– Eliminate – Which of the factors should be eliminated?

Think Better by Tim Hurson says productive thinking in action starts with:

– What’s the itch?

-What’s the impact?

-What’s the information

– What do you know and wonder?

-Who’s involved?

-What the vision?

Thinking differently doesn’t often come naturally and using these techniques moves you away from looking at things in the same old way.

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