Jobs of the Future

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In a recent 4 Corners report on digital disruption and future jobs, the underpinning question was, “In the coming age of robotics and advanced IT, what will the jobs of the future be?”

Whilst there were futurists and researchers making predictions and quoting numbers or percentages of jobs that will be lost, this question requires consideration of evidence from workforce planning with employers and industry sectors, a global perspective, and grasp of the impact of new discover technologies on work.Robotics

The way to think about this is not that there is a list of ‘good’ jobs vs. ‘bad’ jobs because all jobs will be impacted by robotics, advanced IT and new discovery technologies.  Read More

New South Wales Budget aims to create new global businesses

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Entrepreneurship is a theme through job creation across New South Wales (NSW) in Budget 2016-17 focusing on growth areas like ICT, renewable energy and start-ups.

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The state has recognised the latent potential of new and existing small-medium enterprises (SMEs) to boost the economy and job opportunities, especially for young people with the Jobs for NSW Fund providing targeted incentives and the Innovate NSW Program.

An interesting announcement included, Read More

Queensland Budget – forecasting economic growth strongest of all

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The first thing that stands out in the Queensland Government’s Budget 2016-17 are the Regional Action Plans that mostly align with Local Government Areas and outlines an economic snapshot with a summary of investment for major projects, events, industry sectors and business attraction.  This kind of information is very useful for those in economic development, education, employment, higher education, regional development, and Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Mackay_bulk_sugar_terminalBut what would be even better is a Workforce Action Plan to match the Regional Plans and ensure that the plan for growth has a workforce to match.  This would engage industry leaders and employers in developing local strategies for skills development for the 21st Century.  Perhaps this could be one of the roles played by Jobs Queensland that is future workforce planning for each region based upon the action plans.

Let’s look at the budget in more detail, pulling out those areas of interest from the original budget papers and documents. Read More

Insights on Engaging Employers in Skills Development for the 21st Century

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The Australian Government, Department of Education and Training, together with the OECD, hosted a workshop on Engaging Employers in Skills Development for the 21st Century on 2-3 June 2016 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

With around 100 colleagues from France, Canada, South Korea, New Zealand and all states and territories this unique event had a programme that included:IMG_0903

  1. Local strategies for improving employer engagement in apprenticeships and other work-based training opportunities
  2. Helping employers engage with young people and career guidance
  3. International lessons on engaging with employers in emerging economies – Southeast Asia and India
  4. The future of work and the implications for skills development
  5. Leading practice in work-based learning: national and international perspective

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How do you measure the impact of training?

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If you are going to EduTECH next week be sure to say hello to Scott Frasard joining us from the USA who shared some thoughts on measuring the impact of training when we were in Austin in March 2016.

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Scott’s recent role is as the Global Manager Training for ebay where they measure everything from order of satisfaction all the way up through return of investment.

This blog post follows an approach that could be applied to any training activity, accredited or not and overwhelmingly it is all about understanding the problem you are trying to fix and matching the measures to what it would be like if it was all working well. Read More

Phased retirement – answer to knowledge transfer and succession planning

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72% of pre-retirees over age 50 believe their ideal retirement will include paid employment – and plan to stay on the job, according to recent studies.  Concerns about retirement and the fact we’re living longer are two main reasons driving this trend.

RetireesWith older workers staying employed for longer, there’s less room for younger workers to advance.  All companies need both experienced and young employees to sustain the business into the future.  Phased retirement could be the answer. Read More

Employees want flexibility – key to workforce attraction and retention

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It’s no longer just working parents and care givers who are looking for flexibility.  New research suggests that 70% of Australians want more flexible working conditions but we are too afraid to ask for them.  Fear of losing a promotion and thinking flexible arrangements aren’t possible, often stops workers from even asking.

What is flexible working?

Flexible working means employees have options available, rather than standardised conditions.  Flexibility can include optional start and finish times, choosing to work from home, and job sharing.Coworking_Space_in_Berlin

The Happiness Institute’s Dr Timothy Sharp believes employers can gain a lot from offering flexible working conditions. Read More

Future Industries Strategies – a plan for growth with a workforce to match

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When you’ve advocated for the position of identifying industry and regional economic and workforce priorities, now and into the future, it’s great to see it in action.

Victoria is an example of having many of the components of a 21st Century Workforce with an aspiration for a World-class Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.  On a fundamental level, if you have a plan for growth then you need a workforce to match, with a vision for the workforce and VET into the future.

This blog post explains the Future Industries Fund and aspects of the Victorian budget related to economic and regional development, education and entrepreneurship, employment and jobs, industry and workforce development, plus an invitation to join the Budget 2016 webinar.Tim Pallas Read More

Dynamic growth of Smart Cities – what are the effects on the workforce?

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Population and economic growth in cities over the next 15 years out to 2030 will have an impact on buildings, energy, infrastructure projects, transport, waste and the workforce.

Zoe Sprigings, Head C40 Cities Climate Leadership, Group’s Energy Initiative says.

IMG_9042Cities themselves have much to gain from adopting more compact, connected and efficient forms of development: healthier, more livable and more productive cities.

If managed well, the potential benefits of urban growth are substantial, in particular allowing concentration of national economic growth and the roll out of innovative infrastructure and technologies.

Taking the Smart City Wien Framework Strategy as a leading example, this is an approach to 2050 for Vienna which was adopted in June 2014.  There are three fields of action including Resources – Quality of Life – Innovation. Read More

Local companies backing their own in Upper Spencer Gulf

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$1 million will be put towards job creation and support programs for the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback region, including Port Augusta, Whyalla and Leigh Creek.

The Government is taking action to look after the region, after a recent, damaging blows – such as the closure of the BHP’s Olympic Dam, the Leigh Creek coal mine and Port Augusta power stations.BHP

Included in this funding package is a Regional Job Creation Grant for Port Augusta and Whyalla, support for ongoing visibility of Leigh Creek, and focus on supply chain workers in the region. Read More