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

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.

IMG_5860Moreton 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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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 Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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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