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Premier Jay Weatherill promotes South Australian businesses, entrepreneurs and startups during SXSW

By | Entrepreneurs, SXSW, Workforce Architects, Workforce Planning | No Comments

Aiming to replicate the essence of Austin, Texas with South Australia as a great place to work and do business and after a round table discussion with Tech Ranch and members of the USA delegation from New Venture Institute, Premier Jay Weatherill welcomed guests to a reception on the eve of SXSW Interactive


Matt Salier and Premier Jay Weatherill

The Premier highlighted Adelaide, Austin’s sister city as beautifully planned with a different style and pattern, surrounded by parklands with McLaren Vale to the south, Barossa Valley to the north, Adelaide Hills to the east and the Gulf of St Vincent beaches to the west, and a common love of festivals.

South Australia has a capacity to respond to challenges and there are numerous examples of entrepreneurs and startups from the state achieving amazing results. Read More

Aussie Entrepreneurs and Startups land in the USA and pitch at SXSW

By | Entrepreneurs, Social Media, SXSW | No Comments

Invitation to SXSW Student and Entrepreneur Challenge

A group of Australian entrepreneurs and startups, including prize winners from Venture Dorm, are in the USA from 6.3.16 to 24.3.16 visiting San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Austin, New York and Las Vegas.




Whilst in Austin with the Premier of South Australia, Jay Weatherill @JayWeatherill @BrandSouthAust and the President of the United States, Barack Obama @WhiteHouse @BarackObama @POTUS with First Lady Michelle Obama @FLOTUS, they are keen to hear from you with challenges.  Maybe people to meet, who to get photos with, interview or video record, emerging tech demos and future jobs.
Here is the video that explains how you can get involved


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Moreton Bay: base for business and workforce expansion plus EDA conference

By | Economic Development, Workforce Development, Workforce Planning | No Comments

Moreton Bay is the perfect balance of business and lifestyle.  A strategic location and access to the world, its 25,000+ businesses along with its highly skilled 185,000 workers, makes the region is the perfect base for business. With a $12.825 billion GRP, Moreton Bay is going from strength to strength.

Setting the scene for Australia’s economic future

The Moreton Bay region sits just north of Brisbane in the booming South East Queensland region.  With access to major transport routes – air, road, port and rail – it’s the perfect base for which to expand your business across Australia and the globe.

Moreton Bay generates an estimated $24.374 billion – representing 8.37% of the $291.225 billion in output generated in Greater Brisbane and 3.90% of Australia’s $625.273 billion output.

The region is undergoing a major transformation with big investment projects continuing to support economic activity.  Major projects include the Moreton Bay Rail Link, the Corso Project at North Lakes, and the Strathpine Gateway Project – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Read More

Robinvale Workforce Development Strategy aimed at developing skills for the future

By | Regional Development, Workforce Development, Workforce Planning | No Comments

Press Release Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 – Workforce BluePrint

Workforce BluePrint will work with three local Sunraysia employers, Boundary Bend, Select Harvests and OLAM, following the launch of Robinvale Agribusiness Workforce Development Strategy at the 2014 Sunraysia Agribusiness Summit by Member for Mildura Peter Crisp.  The Robinvale Agribusiness Workforce Development Strategy will ensure the Robinvale region has a highly competent agricultural workforce now and into the future.

Robinvale Advancing Country Towns Strategic Projects Manager Mr Glenn Stewart said, “…the initiative was an excellent example of industry working with schools, RTO’s and Universities to develop sustainable training and higher education pathways to develop the skills required to enhance horticulture production in the Robinvale region”.

Peter Crisp MLA for Mildura and Glenn Stewart Advancing Country Towns making the announcement of $45,000 towards the Robinvale Workforce Development Strategy at the Sunraysia Agribusiness Summit held at the Robinvale Golf Club.

Workforce needs will be analysed by workforce planning and development specialists Workforce BluePrint including:

  • entry level skill and education requirements for workforce roles
  • critical job roles and skills
  • job requirements and skill needs

The three businesses will work together to identify the job roles in demand and the skills needed across the region. Read More

School Based Apprentice wins 3 awards

By | School Based Apprenticeships, Vocational Education and Training, Workforce Development | No Comments

This week our School Based Apprentice Jessica received a letter from the Department of Education, Australian Government advising that she has been awarded an Australian Vocational Student Prize for 2013.

The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Assistant Minister for Education who is awarding the certificate and prize will soon be receiving a personalised video from Jessica.

School Based Apprenticeship prize winner



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Skills Tasmania takes an evidence based approach to workforce priorities and funding

By | Funding, Vocational Education and Training, Workforce Development | No Comments

Colleagues from Tasmania are working away in a practical, pragmatic way to identify workforce priorities and training needs for the state and to influence national programs and initiatives.  Whilst new evidence is being collected through consultations and forums, Tasmania’s current approach to priorities for training and workforce development are outlined here.

Upcoming Employer of Choice events build upon the work Skills Tasmania has been doing engaging workforce planning and development practitioners and Registered Training Organisations in workforce development as well as promoting good practice by employers.  In fact, both Skills Tasmania and TasTAFE have taken up the challenge to lead practice by demonstrating the importance of workforce planning and development for their workforce.

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What The Hon Sussan Ley MP (Liberal) says about VET

By | Funding, Reform, Vocational Education and Training | 3 Comments

At the ACPET 2013 National Conference in Adelaide on 29th August 2013, The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Shadow Minister for Employment Participation, outlined a number of issues for VET and potential game changers in her speech.

The Shadow Minister began with this key comment,

“From my perspective in my position we must ensure we ask the right people the right questions.”

I think by default she means that the right people haven’t been asked the right questions in relation to advice for sound policy development, from the coalface and on funding too.

Pointing to the recent Australian Apprenticeship funding cuts, Sussan highlighted the latest NCVER data which although there was a slight rallying in commencements, comparing against figures of 12 months ago they are considerably down.

“We have to ensure that funding for training is targeted where the real need is both currently, and forecast into the future”, she said.

What will this mean for the VET game?change

I think a shift towards economic winners – focussing on jobs and skills that will boost the economy.

The Hon Sussan Ley MP stated,

The vocational training space is a pretty convoluted mess, to put it bluntly.  Overhaul of the VET system will be crucial in ensuring that we have a system to lead us into the future.

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Workforce Planning –“Isn’t that HR’s job?!” or “Let’s wait and see”

By | Knowledge Management, Workforce Development, Workforce Planning | One Comment

Recently when I asked you, “What’s your biggest frustration around workforce planning and development?” you responded with the following themes and comments:

It is difficult to explain the benefits of workforce planning and development

  • Finding the time to do this and having the resources
  • Managing day to day operations vs. looking to the future and long term goals
  • People don’t understand what it actually is
  • Getting senior management on board, engaged and following through with actions
  • Not much evidence that employees are included in the process and planning development and then an opposing view that getting input from staff and managers was difficult
  • Seeing it as an exercise to get funding and not taking it seriously
  • Development strategies are not implemented in a timely manner with management preferring a wait and see rather than using the evidence presented in the workforce plan Read More

Get your business ready for the NBN

By | National Broadband Network, Small Business Support, Social Media | No Comments

NBN Co highlights Workforce BluePrint’s tips and advice to get ready for the NBN including:Wendy Perry

  • Cloud computing for simplicity and flexibility
  • Build a strong foundation for success with your website
  • Unlock new opportunities through social media
  • Think outside your box with video link ups
  • Network for success

Join the NBN Capability Development Network on LinkedIn as well as other groups that allow small businesses to collaborate on tips and advice. Share your experiences and challenges with others on the same path – it’s amazing what you’ll learn.

Read the full blog post here.