Category Archives: Workforce Planning

Skills for Jobs and Workforce Development

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The South Australian (SA) Training and Skills Commission released the 2012 Skills for Jobs 5 Year Plan today.

Chair, Adrian Smith, handed the report to the Hon Tom Kenyon MP Minister for Employment Higher Education and Skills at the launch where I was a guest and enjoyed breakfast with the Robert from the Master Builders Association on one side and Phil from Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance on the other – two very important industry sectors for SA.

Skills for Jobs

With the tag line of Better Skills, Better Work, Better State the key message from the report is the twinning of participation and productivity – a target of 69% participation rate by 2025. Read More

Australian Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook – Workforce Development and Planning implications = good and bad news, funding + and –

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The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2012-13 Statement by THE HONOURABLE WAYNE SWAN MP AND SENATOR THE HONOURABLE PENNY WONG provides updated information to allow the assessment of the Government’s fiscal performance against its fiscal strategy.

What does it mean for workforce development and planning? Good news, bad news and good n bad news… Read More

Workforce Planning for Local Government – 75% similarities vs. 25% difference

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The workforce planning and development needs and gaps identified across local government are very similar (75%) regardless of location and size.  Specific supply gaps, workforce development strategies and solutions are what vary (25%) with much that can be learnt from councils who are leading workforce planning.

Presented at the National Local Government Workforce Development Forum in April 2012, organised by ACELG and LGMA National,  the ACELG and UTS: CLG report  Workforce Planning and Development, Capability Building Opportunities highlighted,

Promoting flexible and family-friendly work practices as well as other initiatives such as scholarship programs, graduate development programs, apprenticeships and traineeships would also help to position local government as an employer of choice. Many councils are unaware that their work-life balance policies are a real strength and can be marketed during recruitment as a benefit of working in local government that other industries cannot match (Wendy Perry personal communication 2012).

And the importance of workforce analysis,

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Develop a Workforce Plan in 5 Easy Steps

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Article written for HR Development at Work, follow the link and scroll down to the bottom of the page to find your copy of Dinkum Oil:

Workforce Planning is the process of taking stock of the current workforce, forecasting future workforce requirements and identifying gaps or issues.  Workforce Development relates to strategies and activities that bridge those gaps.

A workforce plan captures the current workforce profile, training and development programs, forecasts the future workforce profile, compares the current and future picture and identifies priority gaps to be bridged with workforce development strategies.  So, how do you maximise your workforce productivity and develop a workforce plan?  You and your team work through 5 steps and answer the following questions:

Step 1- Context and Environment

Why? Why do we need to undertake workforce planning? Why is it important? What are our goals for this Workforce Plan? What are the performance measures for our Workforce Plan?

Strategic Objectives What are our organisation’s strategic objectives (link workforce plan to strategic plan)? How does this affect our workforce? What will we focus on?

External Environment What is happening in the external environment (at an international, national, industry, regional or local level)? What policies and initiatives (national, state, local) are being implemented? What challenges are being faced? (for example skills/labour shortages, attraction and retention, funding)

Internal Environment What is happening in the internal environment? What is our business planning process? What are the links between business planning and workforce issues? What current initiatives, projects and services are being provided? What funding sources are accessed? What is the organisational structure? What is the organisation’s current capability and capacity to deliver your products and services?

Step 2 – Current Workforce Profile  What is your current workforce profile?  What are the current skills and competencies of your workforce? What are your strengths and development needs? What is the consultation with your current workforce telling you regarding workforce issues and what is working well or what could be improved? What are the current workforce priorities, based on your workforce profiling and analysis?

Step 3 – Future Workforce Profile  What future products and services will be provided by the organisation (link workforce plan to strategic plan)? What will the future environment require? What are the workforce implications and issues? What is the workforce supply and demand for priority job roles? What future skills and competencies are required? What is the consultation with your workforce telling you regarding future workforce issues? What are the future workforce priorities, based on your workforce profiling and analysis?

Step 4 – Gap Analysis and Closing Strategies  What are the key areas of need/action to move from where the organisation is now to where it wants to be especially priority job roles? NOW…Prioritise the ‘issues’ and develop an action plan with strategies to address gaps.

Step 5 – Conclusion, review, evaluation strategy and next steps  What are the key outcomes of your workforce action plan? How will you evaluate the strategies in your workforce plan? What are the next steps for implementation of your workforce action plan?

Workforce Development Strategies

Incorporate existing workforce development strategies into your plan and identify new strategies with #1 Priority = Retention and #2 Priority = Attraction and Recruitment.

Click here for an outline of a workforce plan, ask for a demo of our NEW online workforce planning tool, article written by Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner, Workforce BluePrint.

Action packed 3 in 1 episodes from Workforce BluePrint

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Like Star Wars, this week there are 3 blog episodes with lots of information, tools, resources, insights and opportunities for you to pick and choose what you are interested in – just follow the links:

  1. starting with original post (current day) – NBN, Skills for All, Small Business Support, Social Media, State and Territory VET reforms and budgets, Training and Assessment Services for the Plumbing Industry, Workforce Architects Adelaide Program,
  2. followed by a sequel (future plans)- ACPET Professional Development on Workforce Development and Planning, Strategic Plan, Webinars and Workshops, Upcoming Events and Conferences – see you there!
  3. and then the prequel (annual wrap up) – Skills for All Australians, National VET Reform and Budget, VET Workforce, Work Life Balance and Mini Breaks, Workforce Projects

A couple of extras

Looking for a speaker for your conference, forum or event?  Recent guest speaking examples are outlined here and dates are booking into 2012-13 so get in quickly with your preferred dates.

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!

If you are in South Australia then check your eligibility for free or low cost qualifications via Skills for All which begins on 2.7.12.

PS. 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.

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Written by Wendy Perry 28.6.12

Workforce BluePrint Episode 3 Annual wrap up – prequel

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Approaching the end of this financial year provides a chance to reflect on areas identified early in 2012 – a prequel to episode 1 and a sequel to episode 2 including What’s hot in Workforce Development and Planning and What’s hot in VET.  It seems a tipping point has been reached with an ever increasing interest in workforce development and planning with the opportunity to Maximise Your Workforce Productivity = Capability x Capacity + Contribution.

Skills for All Australians, national VET reform and budget Information on Australian Apprenticeships, Budget 2012-13, Skills for All Australians, User Choice and WELL and User Choice.

VET Workforce Australian VET Leaders group on LinkedIn reached 2000+ members and a presentation on VET Workforce – Recruiting and Retaining highlighted the VET and Employment Services sector as the next industry to be impacted by labour market adjustment.

Work Life Balance and Mini Breaks Port Elliot Day Spa, Normanville, Sea and Vines Festival in McLaren Vale and Cairns – steamy weather, adventure filled and stunning looking.

Workforce BluePrint’s Office Locations

If you are in Adelaide and near the city, Workforce BluePrint has an office at Level 1, 218 Glen Osmond Road as well as Happy Valley.

Workforce Projects

It’s been a very busy season; here are a couple of projects we’ve been working on:

  • Capability framework for a large energy company
  • Workforce plans for Local Government in New South Wales and South Australia
  • Workforce plans for large organisations in agriculture and defence, including researching the impact of the mining boom
  • Workforce plans for TAFE Institutes and Registered Training Organisations
  • National workshops on Applying for Grants and Funding, VET Validation for ACPET
  • NBN e-learning projects
  • Skills for All and Training Awards applications
  • Retention cost calculator and national staff development policy for a large health provider
  • Training needs analysis and skills profiling for individuals, enterprises and industry sectors
  • VET reform and future forecasting
  • Plus loads of workshops and online sessions on all sorts of topics!

Talk to us about your project and remember Workforce BluePrint’s Workforce Plan Tool will be launched soon and if you are interested in taking a look please let us know via wendy@workforceblueprint.com.au and join Workforce Planning Tools group on LinkedIn.

Written by Wendy Perry, 27.6.12

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Workforce BluePrint Episode 2 Future plans – sequel

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From the original post this sequel outlines future plans including ACPET professional development, strategic plan directions, webinars and workshops, and upcoming events – want to catch up?

ACPET – Professional Development – online and around Australia

  • Webinars: Developing a Workforce Plan in 5 Easy Steps
  • Workshops – ACPET: Workforce Development and Planning in Practice, Adelaide

Please refer to the ACPET Professional Development Framework for further information, dates and locations.

Strategic Plan Reinventing Wendy Perry and Associates Pty Ltd.’s strategic plan for 2012-14 builds upon our vision and mission:

Purpose is to Assist clients to measure their workforce and bridge the gap between what they have and what they need

Goal is All enterprises, major projects, industries and regions have a workforce plan.

Strategic Priorities are Sustainability and Finances, Business Processes, Learning and Growth, Clients and Partners and the demonstration of commitment to sustainability is outlined in this article – Wendy Perry and Associates prepares for the low carbon economy.

Webinars and Workshops Register your interest for the following topics to be run over July and August 2012 and read testimonials from participants:

  • Budget 2012-13 – Workforce Development and Planning implications and opportunities
  • Career advice for teens – A recent presentation with Jessica Perry to an audience of career counsellors and VET coordinators on Career advice for teens highlights the importance of counter intuitive thinking.
  • Engaging Employers, Stakeholders and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
  • Funding for Workforce Development and Planning Initiatives – national,      state/territory, local
  • NBN for e-learning – assess your organisation against an NBN Enabled Capability      Framework
  • Workforce Plan Tool – a dynamic online tool that captures evidence and information for      your workforce plan and produces a report whenever you need
  • VET Moderation – work in collaboration to review, compare and evaluate your assessment process and their assessment outcomes, in relation to the same unit/s of competency.
  • VET Reform: the National Picture – covering COAG directions, Skills for All Australians and the National Workforce Development Fund, Skills Australia to Australian Workforce Productivity Agency, Budget 2012-13 and Skills Reform, VET reform from Victoria to South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales and ACT.  Looking back over the last 12 months and then to the future identify challenges and opportunities.

Upcoming events – see you there?

  • National Workforce Development Strategy consultations throughout July.
  • 11-13.7.12 NCVER No Frills Conference in Adelaide and if you are in Adelaide on the night of 11.7.12 you are welcome to join Australian VET Leaders for drinks and dinner after the Intelligence Squared Australia (IQ2) – Live Debate.  Please send an email to wendy@workforceblueprint.com.au to register your interest.
  • 18.7.12 Digital Enterprise Program
  • 14.8.12 Workforce Planning – The Journey in Local Government, Local Government Learning Solutions, Sydney
  • 30-31.8.12 ACPET National Conference in Sydney – see the Workforce Plan Tool demonstrated and the presentation on vStream ACPET National NBN e-learning project.
  • 4.9.12 SMART Business Association AGM
  • 20-21.9.12 VELG 2012 National VET Conference on the Gold Coast – Leading Workforce Development and Planning Solutions
  • 24.10.12 MEGA Networking Event hosted by the SMART Business Association in Southern Adelaide

Written by Wendy Perry, 26.6.12

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Workforce BluePrint Episode 1 Current day – original post

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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 meredith@workforceblueprint.com.au.

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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Skills for All is Here

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South Australia’s Skills for All is Here

Watch the Hon Jay Weatherill’s and Hom Tom Kenyon’s sites for the latest news.

The media followed yesterday’s story Hundreds of TAFE courses to be free leading you to www.skills.sa.gov.au.

So let’s start with the Eligibility Check (which took more than 1 minute) revealing the following:

Completed

You are eligible for a funded training opportunity in:

  • one funded course at Certificate I to Advanced Diploma
  • an unlimited number of funded priority courses
  • one funded skill set per annum

The next step is Searching for a training course which means you must know what you are looking for with the following results:

  • all qualifications, all industries returns 1648 matching courses Skills for All funded
  • fee free offers 388 courses
  • priority courses highlights 47 matching courses
  • TAFESA only = 189 courses or 11.5% of Skills for All funded courses

Then to ‘find a training provider’.  In today’s search 41 Registered Training Organisations are listed as Skills for All providers – congratulations to you!

How much does training cost ?  Well nothing for:

  • nationally recognised certificate I and II level courses
  • accredited courses to improve reading, writing, numbers and computer skills
  • courses determined to be priorities for the State

For Certificate III – Advanced Diploma qualifications or the skill set it’s a question for the Skills for All Training Provider so ask for their fee policies.

How to enrol has 4 steps:

  • Choose a career and the qualification needed
  • Search for a course and Choose a Skills for All Training Provider using the search tools
  • Visit or contact the Skills for All Training Provider to discuss your learning needs and eligibility for the course
  • Apply to enrol at your Skills for All Training Provider

The way these steps are described needs to be customised.  For example, choose a career for people upskilling and broadening their skills doesn’t fit and in those 3 words such a big decision is implied for school leavers or those people re-entering the workforce.

Searching for a course means you must know what you are looking for and then the Skills for All Provider needs to gear up very quickly to take the enquiries.  Incorporating career advice is an important component of the overall program (with 32 industries to search across) as well as phone, email, web and Skills for All on Facebook.

Look out for the next blog on the customer contact experience with Skills for All and potential Skills for All Training Providers – please post comments on your experience too.

New South Wales State Budget 2012-13

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In the context of challenging economic times, the NSW Budget 2012-13 delivers what this State needs – responsible spending that enables us to deliver more housing and more infrastructure. Mike Baird MP, NSW Treasurer.

Like the South Australian state budget “living within our means” is the theme.

We have identified more than $1.24 billion in cuts to existing programs and will engage

business to help deliver services better, while ensuring value for money is achieved.”

The main components of the New South Wales State budget in terms of investment are:

  • over the next 4 years an increase in infrastructure spending of $2.2 billion a year
  • $30 million has been set aside to commence preparations for a new Sydney Motorway
  • up to $100 million in infrastructure in the Illawarra as determined by Infrastructure NSW
  • significant overhaul of arrangements and incentives for the NSW housing and construction sector
  • Health – 500 new nurses, additional resources and services
  • Education – $98 million is allocated for early childhood education and care
  • Police, Law and Order – 400 more police
  • $125 million per year to support tourism and major events
  • Regional NSW – for primary industries, natural resource management, water and sewerage supply
  • Small business – 50 per cent increase to funding for assistance programs
  • Expansion of disability services with $336 million delivering 9,125 new places as part of Stronger Together Two
  • $134 million has been allocated for specialist homelessness services
  • $40 million for the new Mental Health Commission and more money for cochlear implants to help children with hearing difficulties
  • extra $96 million will be spent to help the SES prepare for and respond to flood and storm events

Read the budget highlights and summary of Building the State – the package to stimulate the housing sector.

For information on skills you really have to go searching with the Minister for Education’s statement focussing on early childcare and schools highlighting $2.2 billion on vocational education and training,

“That includes funding for TAFE NSW Institutes, registered training providers both private and community based, and regulating apprenticeships and traineeships to improve skills and increase higher qualification levels in NSW,” Mr Piccoli said.

“For TAFE NSW we have allocated $76 million to start 10 new major building and IT projects while continuing work on 17 major building and IT projects.”

See media releases for each Minister and portfolios for further opportunities.

Webinars and Workshops

Get ahead of the reform and changes, build you capability in workforce development and planning and register your interested by emailing wendy@workforceblueprint.com.au for these upcoming webinars:

  • Budget 2012-13 – Workforce Development and Planning
  • Engaging Employers, Stakeholders and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
  • Funding for Workforce Development and Planning Initiatives
  • NBN for e-Learning
  • Workforce Plan Tool
  • VET Reform: the National Picture

Written by Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner at Workforce BluePrint and Managing Director, WPAA.