Posts Tagged ‘Workforce BluePrint’

Lead your employees to get a better result and “Be a Better Boss”


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

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Robinvale Workforce Development Strategy aimed at developing skills for the future

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 the rest of this entry »

School Based Apprentice wins 3 awards

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

School Based Apprenticeship prize winner



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

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.Skills Tassie blog pic

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

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

Workforce Planning  Development ModelIt 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 the rest of this entry »

Get your business ready for the NBN

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.


Skills for All observations and the Workforce Development Program

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.

Image by Somerset College via Flickr

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 »

Media Release: Why the Airport Lounges are emptying?

Why the Airport Lounges are emptying?

One of the clearest signs of the effectiveness of the National Broadband Network (NBN) is the increased ease of being able to locate a seat within the airport lounges. Until the introduction of NBN it was deemed to be a sign of efficiency if a business executive worked from an airport lounge – no longer the case. The tools of the trade pre NBN consisted of a laptop, mobile internet device and a phone. The smart NBN business executive is now using the lounges for recreational travel and the electronic equipment is disappearing due to the efficiencies of NBN.

Workforce BluePrint, owned and managed by Wendy Perry is at the forefront of the NBN and provides workforce development and planning for local, national and international business clients.

Wendy Perry, Owner and Head Workforce Planner, Workforce BluePrint

Read the full media release, view the Workforce BluePrint NBN Co case study and please join the NBN Enabled Capability Development Network on LinkedIn.

Workforce BluePrint Episode 1 Current day – original post

Like Star Wars, this week you’ll see 3 blog posts over the next 3 days – starting with original post (current day), followed by a sequel (future plans) and then the prequel (annual wrap up).

National Broadband Network (NBN) Use high definition video with vStream ACPET National NBN e-learning project and join the NBN Enabled Capability Development Network group on LinkedIn.

Skills for All (South Australia) Skills for All is here and read about the South Australian state budget and Skills for All count down.

Small Business Support Volunteering as the chair for the SMART Business Association Wendy Perry recently hosted the very successful Brand and Identity MEGA Networking lunch.  This lunch was followed by the Southern Adelaide SA Works Network meeting which Wendy chairs, where CE of DFEEST, Raymond Gerrand outlined the new Skills for All program to be operational in South Australia from 2.7.12.

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State and Territory VET reforms and budgets A summary of New South Wales State Budget 2012-13, and the South Australian state budget has a common theme “living within our means”.

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Want to develop your skills and practice in workforce development and planning?  Workforce Architects Silver program in Adelaide on 27 July 2012 – places limited, book now!

The Workforce Architect Silver program will be run face 2 face (supported by online communication) on 27.7.12 in Adelaide, 9.30 am – 3.00 pm at the Education Development Centre (Room G51) with BYO mobile device and lunch.  This program covers the development of a workforce plan for an enterprise or organisation; workforce measurement and analysis; workforce development strategies; researching workforce demand and supply.

Workshop materials will be provided via email with tea, coffee and water included.  Facilitated by Head Workforce Planner, Wendy Perry, you will work through practical steps, tools and an evidence based approach to workforce development and planning.

Investment in the program is $300+GST with a 10% discount if 3 or more people book into a program from the same organisation or association. Book your place now by emailing

All Workforce Architects programs are mapped to unit of competency from National Training Packages (BSB and TAE).

Workforce BluePrint’s Workforce Plan Tool will be launched soon and if you are interested in taking a look please let us know and join Workforce Planning Tools group on LinkedIn.

Written by Wendy Perry, 25.6.12

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South Australian State Budget and Skills for All countdown

South Australian State Budget and Skills for All countdown

“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.”

These include:

  • $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.

Webinars and Workshops

Get ahead of the reform and changes, build you capability in workforce development and planning and register your interested by emailing 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:

Written by Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner at Workforce BluePrint and Managing Director, WPAA.

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