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.
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. Continue reading
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.
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.
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. Continue reading
At a workshop in Chinchilla supported by AgriFood Skills Australia on how to ‘Be a Better Boss’ the participants considered the best aspects were:
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. Continue reading
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 Continue reading
- 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.
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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.
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. Continue reading