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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”.
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 the rest of this entry »
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.
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.
Recently when I asked you, “What’s your biggest frustration around workforce planning and development?” you responded with the following themes and comments:
- 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 the rest of this entry »
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.
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 the rest of this entry »
“The 2012–13 State Budget has the lowest net spending since this Government came to office,” Mr Snelling said.
Living within our means or ‘living thin’ is the theme of the budget.
“The new spending initiatives we have announced in the 2012-13 State Budget have been targeted at people who need it most, with record spending in disabilities, into areas of high need and into initiatives that make a difference to South Australians.”
- • $212.5 million to boost to disability services, the largest injection into disabilities in more than 25 years;
- • $45.7 million on a one-off Water Security Rebate to help alleviate the costs of increased water prices;
- • $38.3 million on a new Mining and Engineering Industry Training Centre to ensure South Australians have the skills for the mining jobs of the future;
- • $30.4 million on a new digital system for pathology testing for better patient care in our health system;
- • $28.7 million to redevelop the Parks Community Centre in Adelaide’s north western suburbs;
- • $20 million to make sure South Australia is ready for a launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme;
- • $19.8 million in additional funding to boost support for our children in need of alternative care;
- • $8.3 million to boost equipment and training for our emergency services;
- • $8.3 million on an Advanced Manufacturing Strategy to support growth in this vital sector;
- • $5.6 million to extend the $8000 First Home Bonus Grant for at least another 12 months;
- • $5.1 million for a stamp duty concessions for people buying off-the-plan apartments in the City; and
- • $3.3 million for a pilot program in Adelaide’s northern suburbs for early support for vulnerable families with infants with young children.
Workforce development opportunities in the budget include:
- Disability sector and not for profits to transition to service provision with the National Disability Insurance Scheme – $1 million over two years to support planning and preparation for the transition from the current block funding arrangements to a more competitive disability services environment in line with a proposed NDIS.
- Mining and Engineering industry training, mobile workforces and skills for support service providers – $38.3 million on a dedicated centre of training excellence for the mining, engineering, defence and transport industries
- Outplacement, career development and skills recognition (RPL) for public servants
- Small and medium enterprise capability to bid for and win contracts
- Transference of skilled workers across major projects, infrastructure building and upgrades with NEW projects including:
- $110 million on the grade separation of the Goodwood rail junction;
- $19 million to build a dedicated Mining and Engineering Industry Training Centre at Regency Park;
- $13.2 million on the upgrade and signalisation of the intersection of Tiver Road and Main North Road at Evanston;
- $11.9 million on the Parks Community Centre redevelopment;
- Water industry and implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan
- Volunteer training for emergency services:
- “The CFS and SES will receive $2.6 million over the next four years for the nationally endorsed training. There will be six frontline training staff to bolster frontline support to volunteers,” he said. Both the CFS/SES are required to provide training in areas such as fire fighting, road crash rescue and marine search and rescue.
- Advanced Manufacturing sector with $8.3 million over four years for the implementation of an Advanced Manufacturing Strategy including a Mining Industry Participation Office, an Advanced Manufacturing Council, industry intelligence and capability mapping, as well as improving links between research institutions and industry to drive innovation.
- Early Childhood, Infant and Family based programs
- Digital Health system implementation and related skills
- Defence Teaming Centre $2 million for the peak association
- Critical Skills Investment Program $48.1 million for traineeships and apprenticeships in priority skills areas and through Group Training Organisations
- New Regional Development Fund would provide $3 million per year on programs that support regional economic development, employment and the attraction of new investment.
Some of the key savings initiatives announced as part of the 2012-13 State Budget include:
- • $372.9 million on the suspension of the electrification of the Gawler and Outer Harbor rail lines. The electrification of the Noarlunga line through to Seaford and the network train capacity will increase;
- • $255.6 million on making the public service more efficient by increasing their efficiency dividend from 0.25% to 1.0% from 2013-14 to be offset by $81.9 million of spending on a new public sector skills and retention entitlement to retain experienced public servants;
- • $166.8 million on the reduction of 1000 full-time equivalent employees in the public service through either targeted voluntary separation packages (TVSP) or natural attrition to be offset by $60.4 million of spending to the cost of providing TVSPs over the same period;
- • $121.2 million on deferring the abolition of stamp duty on non-real property transfers;
- • $77 million on deferring a redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and a rehabilitation in-patient unit at the Modbury Hospital.
- • Merging the Department of Environment and Natural Resources with the Department of Water, not renewing the Government’s lease on corporate facilities at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and ending funding for the Thinkers in Residence program and the Integrated Design Commission; and
- • $120.4 million on the abolition of payroll tax exemptions for eligible apprentices and trainees to be offset by $48.1 million of spending re-target support directly to registered group training organisations.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
The Government will change the way it supports apprentices and trainees to coincide with the commencement of the Skills For All training scheme – abolishing payroll tax exemptions and targeting funding for qualifications that are of strategic importance.
Group training organisations (GTO) will be rewarded as Australian Apprenticeship completions rates are at least 10% higher than non GTO’s. Organisations employing an apprentice/trainee in a priority skill area will receive a completion bonus.
Skills for All from July 2012
Skills for All provider contract terms and conditions have been released with providers expectant to hear news if they have been offered a contract, aiming to understand the student eligibility criteria, the subsidised training list, and waiting to be listed as a Skills for All training provider. Skills in the workplace applications are open and throughout June 2012 the Hon Tom Kenyon MP will be visiting regions launching the new regional networks (former SA Works Networks).
A new Critical Skills Investment Program has been allocated $48.1 million over four years in the State Budget. It will support training in areas of critical skills needs, and to increase the numbers of apprentices and trainees who complete their training.
Coming soon – By July 2012, Skills for All training providers and the courses they are approved to deliver will be listed on this website, with contact information for every provider.
Get ahead of the reform and changes, build you capability in workforce development and planning and register your interested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for these upcoming webinars:
- Budget 2012-13 – Workforce Development and Planning
- Engaging Employers, Stakeholders and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
- Funding for Workforce Development and Planning Initiatives
- NBN for e-Learning
- Workforce Plan Tool
- VET Reform: the National Picture
For further information on the 2012-13 South Australian state budget go to: http://www.statebudget.sa.gov.au/home.html
Delivered by THE HONOURABLE WAYNE SWAN MP, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND TREASURER OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.
After listening to the budget speech, reading news and online articles, and analysing the opportunities for workforce development and planning, the following insights are provided from this perspective by Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner, Workforce BluePrint.
The workforce focussed features and opportunities in the budget include:
- $714 million to help companies compete, on top of the $3.7 billion in small business tax breaks – Offsetting a current year tax loss of up to $1 million against tax paid in previous years; a refund of up to $300,000.
- Funding the first stage of a National Disability Insurance Scheme – $1 billion will be provided over 4 years to roll out the first stage of an NDIS, which is expected to cover 10,000 people from 2013?14 and 20,000 people from 2014?15.
- Investing in dental services – $515 million in funding to address immediate dental care needs; $346 million over three years will target public dental waiting lists; $78 million to help dentists relocate to regional, rural and remote areas; $81 million to boost training for graduate dentists and therapists; and $10.5 million to promote better oral health.
- Strengthening the aged care system – $3.7 billion package to address pressing areas of need, and lays the foundations for future reform; $660 million over five years for incentives to invest in quality services for those who do need to enter residential care; and $1.2 billion over five years to build a better trained and better paid aged care workforce.
- Investments across the health system and across the country – 76 new health infrastructure projects to upgrade regional hospitals and support training where doctors are needed most, costing $475 million; $5 billion from the Health and Hospitals Fund; $50 million over four years to fund a phased expansion of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program; and national e?Health agenda $234 million.
- Removing barriers to work and lifting skills boosts productivity and creates wealth – $1.75 billion National Partnership on Skills Reform; another $101 million to support the Government’s skills agenda; $61 million to improve older workers training and employment services; additional $225 million for the Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance program; $1.5 billion over 5 years on a new Remote Jobs and Community program that will provide new employment services for remote Australia; $54 million to encourage maths and science studies at school and university; and $38.8 billion in higher education, with extra support for students from poorer backgrounds.
- Investing in infrastructure and clean energy – National Broadband Network and $36 billion Nation Building programs for road, rail and port networks.
Workforce development and planning gaps and issues to be addressed include:
- Small business support
- Disability service sector growth
- Dental and allied health workforce expansion
- Aged care including home and community care workforce attraction and training
- Health workforce development including e-health
- Skills reform
- Retaining older workers
- Participation of parents
- Remote worker engagement
- Maths and science based skills development
- Higher education support
- Major infrastructure projects workforce planning
- Digital literacy skills development
- Seasonal labour strategies and overseas sources of workers
For information on funding, grants, reductions, specific Vocational Education and Training (VET), employment, skills and workforce development programs go to:
Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Economic Potential of Senior Australians — employment assistance, Employment Service Arrangements, Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance Program, Mature Age Participation — job seeker assistance, Remote Jobs and Communities Program, Schools — Teach Remote, and Seasonal Labour Mobility Program with Pacific Island Countries and East Timor.
Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education: Australian Apprenticeships, Australian Skills Centres of Excellence, ASQA, Higher Education, More Help for Mature Age Workers, Adult and Community Education for Senior Australians (60+ years), International Education, Maths and Science, Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE), MySkills website, National Skills Reform, National Workforce Development Fund (additional $35 million over four years), Small Business Advisory Services, VET FEE-HELP Assistance Scheme Redesign, and Workforce Innovation Program.
Funding has been redirected or moved into priority areas from a number of existing programs. This will mean that the Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Employment Services sectors including Australian Apprenticeship Centres, Disability Employment Services, Group Training Companies, Job Services Australia providers, Higher Education providers, Industry or Peak Bodies and Registered Training Organisations, with government funding, will need to carefully consider their workforce development and planning needs to position for the future.