Category Archives: Workforce Development

How the Pilbara is sustaining a growing population and workforce

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The Pilbara is buzzing with economic opportunities.  It’s a socially inclusive region that covers over 500,000 square kilometres in Western Australia – one of the state’s most ancient natural landscapes.

The Pilbara Development Commission is leading the charge to development the region’s economic base, improve social infrastructure, and sustain a rapidly growing population.newman_pilbara_western_australia

The New Pilbara

Work, live, visit or invest.  The new Pilbara is a place for everyone.  And it’s no wonder the population is rapidly increasing.  Recent ABS numbers suggest that Pilbara is growing into a ‘young, cosmopolitan’, region attracting 20-44 year olds. Read More

New era defence industry workforce

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Australia’s next fleet of 12 submarines will be built in Adelaide, with the Federal Government announcing 2,800 jobs as a result. The $50 billion contract is being hailed a ‘real victory for the people of Adelaide.’

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Couple this with the recent commitment to build our offshore patrol vessels in Australia, and things are looking bright for the defence industry. Read More

Australia’s future local Government workforce needs

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Workforce planning in Local Government is essential, just like every other business and industry.  Designing a plan that fits the growing needs of the community and the changing workforce helps councils stay relevant.

Identifying skills, tailoring services, generating economic and employment opportunities should be explored to boost future growth – and the vehicle to make this a reality is through a skilled workforce.

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Local Government plays a huge role in our economy – both as an employer and in its influence within which businesses, industries and economies function. Read More

Launch of the Global Workforce Architects Program into 20 countries

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Whilst in Austin during SXSW Interactive the Global Workforce Architects Program designed by Workforce BluePrint was launched into 20 countries with South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill sharing the story of how South Australia’s first workforce was developed.

South Australia’s first workforce

At the Austin Texas Bound International Welcome Breakfast, Premier Jay Weatherill spoke with Wendy Perry on the success of such an entrepreneurial South Australian company expanding overseas,

 

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New jobs in high value industries for the Sunshine Coast

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The Sunshine Coast has been ranked in second place as the best performing non-capital city region in Queensland – and the fifth best non-capital region in the country.

Construction and tourism are the two main drivers of the Coast’s economy – and with the lower Australian dollar, it’s looking to a bright future.

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The number of development applications has increased by 361% in one year.  This includes residential houses, retail premises, educational facilities, offices and accommodation.

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Australia’s demand for cyber skills a matter of urgency

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Demand for computer security experts will grow by more than 20% over the next five years.  Cyber security relies on the right people and expertise, and as a result, there is a greater demand for professionals.

The Commonwealth Bank has been working with the Federal Government to position Australia as an exporter of cyber capacity.

Cyber security

“It’ll come back to a long-term strategy around encouraging school children to be taking up the subjects that will allow them to go do STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects at university,” said David Whiteing, Chief Information Officer at the Commonwealth Bank. Read More

Economic blueprint to attract talent to Northern Australia

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The Government has released their vision for turning Northern Australia into an “economic powerhouse” in the next 20 years.

Katherine GorgeThe $1.2bn plan outlines a $600 million roads package to improve routes to the north, a $200 million Water Infrastructure Development fund and a $75 million Co-operative Research Centre.  Boosting links with the broader Asia-Pacific region will be a focus on the centre and money will be pumped into tourism, to attract investment in the region. Read More

Plan for growth needs a workforce to match

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With the world of work rapidly evolving, enterprises need to adapt to the changing circumstances.

Forward-thinking organisations will focus their attention on a long-term strategy, understanding the workforce impacts, and developing a diverse workforce.

Let’s take a look at the essentials of workforce planning and development to see why you might need a plan for growth.

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Major changes will occur across organisations, industry sectors, regions and countries – increasing export, expanding nationally, implementing technologies and innovating product development. Read More

How the library workforce is being reshaped for the future

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Libraries are facing new trends, digital technologies, and community engagement opportunities – which will reshape the workforce, now and into the future.

Redefining our libraries and their opportunities

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The Libraries Board of SA, the Local Government Association of SA (LGA of SA), Public Library Services and Public Libraries SA (PLSA) have teamed up to create a report on changes expected to occur over the next 15 years.  Tomorrow’s Libraries is the collective result…with some interesting reading.

Tomorrow’s Libraries provides a framework for action to ensure public libraries remain integral to current and future generations.  It outlines a clear mission for South Australia’s Public Library Network (SAPLN), as well as detailing the community and personal benefits of libraries. Read More

Take your business to the world

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From two countries to six and now expanding to twenty, after undertaking the Women in Global Business (WIGB) program in 2013, Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner from Workforce BluePrint is excited for what 2016 will bring.

Wendy Perry (far right) with colleagues from the Defence Teaming Centre and members of a delegation from India.

Wendy Perry (far right) with colleagues from the Defence Teaming Centre and members of a delegation from India.

“When I began the WIGB mentoring in 2013 our international experience included just two countries – Bhutan and Maldives.  Through the regular catch ups, hearing from an experienced exporter in a different industry, I was encouraged to research a number of markets and hone in on a couple. Read More