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Workforce of the Future – cooperation and partnerships

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Hi there

A theme is playing out at the moment setting the tone into 2018 of the ‘Workforce of the Future’ which naturally requires partnerships, cooperation and a scaled up vision.

This was clear at the Indonesia Australia Business Summit 2017 in Adelaide yesterday where the focus was ‘Partnership at our Doorstep’ with opportunities across Tourism, Vocational Education and Training, Agriculture, Health and Sustainable City, Energy and Resources.

On Vocational Education and Training (VET), Jess was involved in the new VET Alumni program in Canberra over Sunday – Monday as she became an Australian Apprentice Ambassador after completing her school based apprenticeship in business and establishing Career BluePrint. Some of you may have bumped into her!

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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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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

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

August BluePrint – Innovative Experiences & UNESCO

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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

Adelaide & Austin: ‘Sister’ cities achieving big things

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Sister city partnerships can play a new role in the global economy.  Two ‘sisters’ Adelaide (South Australia) and Austin (Texas) are a perfect example of how collaboration can help develop both local economies – piggybacking off each other’s strengths.

Both cities have climate, geographical and economic similarities.  There’s a high quality of life, affordable housing, quality healthcare, a well-educated workforce, a strong music and arts scene, and many other mirroring attributes.

IMG_7687Currently, Adelaide and Austin are working on Smart City strategies, including hosting large events and festivals.  Both identify future jobs and 21st Century capabilities across education, entrepreneurship, events, film, innovation, music, and workforce.  There’s a strong startup and arts scene in both, such as the Adelaide Film Festival, Entrepreneurs Week, Fringe Festival, Open State and Austin’s SXSW.

The tangible benefits of sister-city relationships lie in trade and economic development, international education, cultural exchange, knowledge and information sharing, and tourism. Read More

The global skill ecosystem: Could Australia be the engine of growth?

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The digital and technological divide between employee skills and employer needs continues to grow.

When we talk of today’s skill needs, it’s in a global context.  The skills gap is of international concern, as companies struggle to find (and keep) talent.  There’s a mismatch that needs to be addressed.

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Adelaide ramps up for the autonomous vehicle industry

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RDM Group, UK-based autonomous transport company, has chosen Adelaide for its Asia-Pacific HQ.  The world-class Tonsley Innovation District will be RDM’s base, with the long-term plan to ‘create a bespoke assembly facility in Adelaide that will supply vehicles direct to customers across the entire region.’Self driving car

RDM’s CEO David Keene hopes the South Australian production facility could produce hundreds of ‘pods’ (low-speed autonomous transport) every year.  The ‘pods’ transport individuals and small groups without drivers, using a combination of six cameras, three lidar sensors, and two radars for navigation. Read More

Workforce Planning from Adelaide, South Australia to Austin, Texas

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Have you ever had an experience that takes a little while to digest?  An experience with some many wonderful things that it can be challenging to know where to start?  And just starting means reviewing your ‘notes’ on social media, turning insights into blogs, following up many emails and proactively suggesting what comes next.

IMG_7896To top off a remarkable SXSW 2017, meeting Lee Rector, Director, Texas Workforce Investment Council, Office of Governor Greg Abbott for discussion over lunch was outstanding. Read More