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Address workforce issues to get significant regional investment & jobs

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Regional Workforce Development – Resulting in significant investment, jobs & confidence

Good morning

Economic development plays an important role in any region’s economy.

There are 7 key outcomes that apply to most regions but…

1.   Job creation – assistance, information, partners and resources for employers and entrepreneurs so they can expand.

2.   Industry diversification – this reduces a region’s or businesses vulnerability to one industry, product/service which means new skills are required, startups and jobs are created.

3.   Business retention and expansion – businesses may need some assistance with their operational needs, understanding new markets, sourcing and skilling their workforce.

4.   Investment attraction and infrastructure – exposing the world to the opportunities that existing in the region. Sound ICT infrastructure, coworking spaces and the ability to work anywhere, any time.

5.   Improved quality of life – better infrastructure and more jobs improves the economy of the region and raises the standard of living for its residents.

6.   Connected and inclusive community – faster connections enables improved productivity, region’s need to be welcoming to new comers with diverse cultural and social opportunities.

7.   Collaboration and creativity – across education, employers, entrepreneurs and industry enabling the region’s strengths to develop, saving time and resources, creating innovative, practical initiatives.

…for all of these outcomes to be achieved you need an available, cross skilled, and motivated workforce.

Increasingly for many regions, lack of a quality labour pool, is becoming a threat to economic development and sustainable growth. In some cases labour and skill shortages are acute, with workforce attraction a number 1 priority. Where regions have collaborated to build a workforce action plan and development strategies, the result is significant investment, business and community confidence, which is remarkable.

Regional Economic Development Forum

A town that is a stand out is Robinvale in Victoria. All of the social measures looked very challenging but local leaders committed to a Regional Workforce Development Strategy and gained $1.6 million in investment for the region.

This was one of the examples in a recent presentation at a Regional Economic Development Forum at Byron Community College in Mullumbimy, NSW for Community Colleges Australia.

Download your ebook on workforce development ideas for your region

The Robinvale story, along with a number of regions with examples from across Australia, are captured in the Regional Workforce Development and Planning ebook that you can download here.

Regional Projects, Grants and Smart Farms

You may be considering projects such as a regional skills needs analysis, workforce action plan for growth, and/or programs for employers including Small Medium Enterprises in your region. The Building Better Regions Fund under the Community Investments Stream, could be used for capability development and workforce related projects.

Recently we have been working on workforce action plans for Agriculture and Horticulture including Smart Farms. If you are looking to explore Smart Farming Partnerships, there are grants available, which close on 21 December 2017, and there are numerous future jobs and skills built through digital farming.

Please feel free to get in touch and see how we could assist with your regional project. If you are interested in building your capability in planning for and developing your workforce, explore experiences including the Workforce of the Future Masterclass, and the Global Workforce Architects Program open for registrations soon.

PS. If the NDIS is rolling out in your region then please read this latest blog post as scaling up is the key and if international education is a focus then watch this video on big opportunities.

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Wendy Perry, Managing Director, Workforce BluePrint

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Innovation & creativity: skill strengths for NSW’s Northern Rivers

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Northern Rivers is one the fastest growing region in NSW. With its world heritage sites, national parks, rainforests and coastline, its strength is in its diversity. It’s popular for innovative business opportunities, attracting creative people.

The 2016 Northern Rivers Regional Plan outlined a vision for the region – to make it a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future for the communities of the Northern Rivers region.

Seven regional priorities were outlined, with 23 initiatives to make it a reality. This included connected communities, a learning region, natural infrastructure, sustainable industry, inclusive communities, regional identity, and a collaborative region.

Tourism and hospitality, building and construction and retail are key sectors for employment. Read More

Attracting the future disability sector workforce – scaling up is a challenge

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The NDIS is set to reshape Australia’s disability sector, by ensuring people get the support they need and its growth represents new opportunities and jobs across Australia.  Consider what the disability sector might look like in 5 years’ time and the position locally, nationally and globally.

Capability development and scaling up is key and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is accepting applications for the ILC Jurisdictional Based Grants. Read More

September BluePrint – EU Connections, Evolving VET & Workforce Initiatives

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Hi there

Getting over the jet lag, there is much to share with a heads up on a couple of things that may be of interest to you.

Firstly, on Friday 8 September 2017, Jessica and I met with The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, following the TAFE Directors Australian Convention 2017 dinner the night before in Adelaide.

On the point of evolving Vocational Education and Training (VET), we discussed the Training Package development and approval process with a shift needed in responsiveness and skills for current, new and emerging jobs.

Considering opportunities, similarities and differences between VET in India, Sri Lanka and Australia we focused on quality, cost and volume. It is clear that there is a global supply issue for skilled workers and we need the skills much faster too. Read More

Qingdao, China sister city boosting higher education numbers & economy

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Qingdao, one of Adelaide’s sister cities in China’s eastern Shandong province – is a region with over 154 higher learning institutions. Out of these providers, 62 offer Bachelor-degrees and 33 provide Masters studies. China’s already vast education industry is set to further expand in the coming years.

Sino-foreign cooperative education

In 2010, China launched the National Plan for Medium and Long Term Education Reform and Development. The Government would spend the next 10 years improving Chinese education standards to match international levels. Part of this was to open-up the sector to foreign investment, allowing for joint ventures with partners. Read More

Entrepreneurship: a hot topic in Himeji, Japan, Adelaide’s sister city

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The Japanese ‘lifetime employment system’ and culture doesn’t take kindly to risk. This means there are some policies that don’t make the process of finding private capital simple. Most entrepreneurs don’t work for start-ups. Rather, they go into the government or large companies – the elite jobs. But things are changing.

“Companies now hire more temporary employees, and those people are more likely to start companies to gain a better sense of security than being a temporary employee,” said Robert Eberhart, an Assistant Professor of Management at Santa Clara University. Read More

Greater Western Sydney, Australia’s third largest economy, creating new jobs

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Sydney districts have been powering one quarter of Australia’s economic growth, for the last financial year. All eyes are on Western Sydney – home to over 21% of Greater Sydney’s population and generating 18% of its jobs. It also powers 18% of Greater Sydney’s economic activity.

In the past 20 years, the number of jobs in Western Sydney has doubled. Today, the four main industry sectors include health and education (87%), knowledge-intensive jobs (71%), population-serving (61%), and industrial (175%). Finance and insurance are also hot jobs in the district. The dominance of health and education match the areas’ accessibility to health and education institutions.

Moving forward, it’s anticipated that the new Parramatta Square development will push job growth in public administration. Because the share of industrial roles in the west is higher than Greater Sydney, there’s an opportunity to look at ways to leverage the district’s ‘economic assets and investment opportunities’ to continue the momentum of the knowledge-intensive economy. Read More

August BluePrint – Innovative Experiences & UNESCO

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Hi there

Over the past month, Sunraysia, Kangaroo Island (KI), Melbourne and home town Adelaide with visits from our Indonesian colleagues and friends, have all been innovation hot spots.  Activities included the Community Colleges Australia Conference meeting Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Sunraysia Agriculture and Horticulture Future Workforce conversations, KI’s future workforce plan, Australia-Indonesia Networking event, and the launch of the 2017 Real Day Out for the Australian Science and Maths School.

There is a building appetite for innovative experiences, providing exposure and capability development for here and now jobs, as well as future jobs, including entrepreneurial opportunities.  Speaking of which, I’ve been invited to UNESCO-UNEVOC in Bonn, Germany next month to run a workshop for the Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) Leadership Programme 2017 on Entrepreneurship, which is an absolute honour. Read More

The future of freight, transport & logistics: technologies, trends & jobs

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Advancements in technology are re-shaping the transport and logistics industry. With the emergence of e-commerce, automation and new applications, there’s even greater importance on the supply chain.

The way freight and goods are picked, packed, tracked and shipped has changed, using digital technology – but how is this affecting the workforce? Read More