Category Archives: Small Business Support

Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme – an innovative, forward-thinking approach?

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Press Release Monday, June 23rd, 2014 – Workforce BluePrint

The new Commonwealth Government’s $484.2 million Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme aims to improve the business capability of small and medium enterprises.

Access to this programme is via a Single Business Service, which seems to be the new language for a one-stop-shop.  Streamlined access to government is promised with one website, contact centre and face to face liaison via Ausindustry.

Overall the aim of this programme is to build business capability that translates into jobs.

The Department of Industry suggests this approach will provide a universal offering to all Australian businesses and then a narrowing of services for 5 key growth sectors based upon eligibility and merit including:

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South Australian 2013 – 14 [Generation X] Budget

By | National Broadband Network, Small Business Support, Workforce Development, Workforce Planning | No Comments

Honourable Jay Weatherill MP, Premier and Treasurer released the South Australian 2013 – 14 budget on 6.6.13 matching decisions with priorities in the recent Economic Statement including:

  • Creating a vibrant city
  • Realising the benefits of the mining boom for all
  • Growing advanced manufacturing
  • Premium food and wine

This is balanced with social priorities of an affordable place to live; safe communities, healthy neighbourhoods; and every chance for every child.

With Jay as Premier and Treasurer, I think he has designed a Generation X style budget, with broader definitions of policy frameworks, an entrepreneurial mindset, focus on community participation and a work life balance theme.

So from a workforce planning and development perspective where are the opportunities? Read More

Get your business ready for the NBN

By | National Broadband Network, Small Business Support, Social Media | No Comments

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.


Media Release: Why the Airport Lounges are emptying?

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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

By | National Broadband Network, Small Business Support, Social Media, Training and Assessment Services, Vocational Education and Training, Workforce Architects, Workforce Development, Workforce Planning, Workforce Planning Tools | 3 Comments

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.

Social Media Keep up to date and stay connected with the latest news and information.

Workforce BluePrint blog’s for workforce development and planning plus Facebook and Twitter.

Connect with Head Workforce Planner, Wendy Perry, Wendy Perry on LinkedIn, Wendy Perry on Facebook, Wendy Perry on Twitter and Wendy Perry on You Tube – subscribe to the channel.

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”.

Training and Assessment Services – are provided in Plumbing, Product Training and Consultancy for Registered Training Organisations, equipment suppliers, engineering and plumbing companies.

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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