Category Archives: Workforce Development

1.6+ billion dollars of investment, regional skills and Australia Wide story on the ABC

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A recent dinner in Euston on 1 March 2017 was a highlight as it was an opportunity to celebrate all that the region has achieved in implementing the Robinvale Agribusiness Workforce Development Strategy.

Back in 2014, a “Celebrating Innovation Sunraysia Agribusiness Summit’ was held with sessions including ‘The changing nature of workforce development in Australian Agribusiness – Building the skills base of Sunraysia’.  The momentum from the forum and the identification by industry, employers, education providers and community stakeholders spurred on the development of the strategy and action plan.

In terms of GDP and major investment, this is a region that punches above its weight, where unemployment has also been high and this unique collective impact with community, business and government is making a huge difference.

So much so that the region has been highlighted on ABC’s Australia Wide. Read More

Workforce Training Innovation Fund – clever plus demand based for enterprises, industry sectors and regions

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Part of the bigger picture called Skills First, the Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF) is a clever example of the Victorian government seeking industry demand based proposals.

Merging economic and workforce development, the WTIF addresses business challenges, ensuring skills match to improve productivity.

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With a new level of open mindedness, there is flexibility in the approach, evidence collection, independent analysis and engagement to create realistic and pragmatic partnerships. Read More

Untapped labour to support Kangaroo Island’s growth

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KIAround 4,500 people live on Kangaroo Island (KI) in South Australia.  Nearly half (40%) of the island live in one town, Kingscote.  KI’s greatest asset is its unspoiled nature, wildlife, natural produce – wines/gin, seafood, cheese, foods, and ‘true’ Australian experience.

Tourism generates 20% of the island’s employment, according to KI’s Tourism Employment Plan. Read More

42% of Tasmania’s agriculture workforce – Gen Y’s by 2020

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Agriculture in Tasmania is an important industry.  There is a high level of confidence in the state’s industry, best known for its food safety and clean, green production systems.

Agriculture, forestry and fishing accounts for almost 10% of Tasmania’s GDP (compared to around 2% nationally) and is the state’s largest sector.  Dairy, and the state’s share of national milk production, has also grown steadily over the past 10 years.

Tasmania’s cooler climate and higher rainfall also benefits the state’s stone fruit and viticulture opportunities.  As forestry investment schemes come to an end, new doors have opened for land to return to agricultural production. Read More

Future-evolving roles in the Pharmacy workforce

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The pharmacy industry plays a central role in community, primary health care.  The Department of Health estimates 300 million prescriptions will be dispensed by Australian pharmacies in 2016-17.

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In the past ten years, the traditional pharmacy model has been challenged by discount pharmacies and supermarkets – with promotions to get customers, ‘franchising as a business model and big-box discounts’. Read More

Driving Darwin’s economic growth through workforce attraction and retention

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Darwin

Darwin

A 20-year blueprint to develop Northern Australia as an ‘economic powerhouse’ is set to transform Darwin.  $600 million will be dedicated to roads, in addition to the $100 million beef roads fund, and $200 million will go to water infrastructure.  There will also be a $5 billion concessional loans facility. Read More

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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