Category Archives: Workforce Planning

WorkReady: 8 areas the new Minister can quickly make a positive impact

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With Gail Gago stepping down from her role as Minister, and a Cabinet reshuffle about to be announced, this blog will identify 8 areas that the next Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills can quickly make a positive impact on WorkReady.

The Funded Training List (FTL) is the foundation that WorkReady is built upon and my hope is that we have a more robust system.  You wouldn’t build a new building on an old, broken foundation – I believe the FTL is broken and a stronger evidence based foundation would support a fresh skills strategy for the future.

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In terms of a quick stock take the last announcement from Minister Gail Gago was for $8 million WorkReady projects,

Up to 1,500 people are expected to get jobs supported by 2,600 new training places – as a result of an additional $7.9 million over the next two financial years.

$285 million is already committed for training in 2015-16 for private training organisations with Minister Gago stating,

“We are also committing $6.4 million over two years to support 2,250 new training places and other support services at private providers, offered through Jobs First STL Projects and Jobs First Employment Projects.

Focus areas include aged care, disability, early childhood care and construction, but training in other areas will be supported where there is a direct link to a job.

A subsequent call for Jobs First Employment Projects will occur early next year.”

The new Minister has the opportunity to rethink the priorities for WorkReady and move away from a list based approach to an evidence based approach. Read More

England’s workforce plan to train 20K nurses by 2019

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On the back of reducing cuts to health courses, Health Education England have announced their initiative to train more than 23,000 extra nurses to meet growing demands.

There are particular issues with regard to nurses in the sector – turnover is high at over 30% (over 16,000 leave their role each year), while they have an older age profile to the wider sector (44% are aged 50 or over).  Another important statistic is that over 1 in 3 (37%) are from a non-British nationality which suggests employers are recruiting from abroad.  In terms of pay, nurses are paid less on average (£24,350) than their NHS counterparts. Read More

Jobs of the future – where are they?

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It’s an obvious but fascinating fact that there are jobs we might be doing in the future, that don’t exist yet.  With employees working from locations at every corner of the globe, collaborating via the internet, at every minute of the day… the future is now.

Telecommuting and remote working is becoming more and more common and according to Deloitte, over 30% of workspaces are vacant during the day.  As a result, progressive companies are adopting flexible working practices and encouraging employees to work from home or coworking spaces.  This means it’s not just the work that’s changing; it’s where we’re choosing to work, that’s changing too – the entire workplace landscape.

Current skills such as communication and teamwork may be replaced with future skills including sense making, cross cultural competency and social influence.  With technology changing not just jobs, but also the hours and place we work, computational thinking, new media literacy, virtual collaboration and cognitive load management skills will be critical. Read More

Business skills needs analysis taking Monash to another level

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In 2014, Monash contributed 4.1% to Victoria’s employment and there’s no sign of growth slowing down anytime soon.

Keen to understand local businesses skills needs, the City of Monash is working alongside Workforce BluePrint, engaging enterprises and stakeholders to uncover evidence of capability gaps.

20 000+ businesses – 118 000+ jobs – $13.62 GRP

With Monash expected to grow to 207,727 by 2036 – a 13.46% rise in population from 2015 statistics – the City of Monash has put together the Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan to support the number of people visiting and settling in Monash. Read More

Is your workforce holding back future business growth?

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Would you agree that to grow and expand your business whilst increasing profitability you need to have your workforce on board with your targets and future plans?

And you may be experiencing tension between shifts, team members or managers.  Perhaps job roles and reporting is unclear or behaviour and performance is left unchecked and the management team are not aligned?  Maybe you are an alliance of companies, perhaps in a regional location or industry sector, and a skilled local workforce is critical for your growth.

And what you really need to grow the business or region, considering export opportunities, is a switched on team, happy to suggest new ideas or products and better ways of doing things.  Able to deal with customer complaints and turn them into fans, with pride to say you work here and in non-metro locations particularly, a pool of local skilled people to draw upon.

Could it be time to get your Human Resource infrastructure sorted, and/or the evidence of the type of workforce you really need, and understand the skills needs to achieve your KPIs with production and sales targets?

Here are 9 tips on how to ensure that your workforce is not holding back future business growth: Read More

Transforming Geelong from traditional manufacturing to innovation

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Geelong’s unemployment rate has risen to nearly 7.5% – a 1.8% increase from the year before.  With blue and white-collar jobs drying up the city’s unemployment rate is hitting local youth the hardest.

90,000 young Victorians out of work – and no jobs

A recent article describes the 21% youth unemployment in Geelong as “an absolute crisis” – which is well beyond the state’s 16.3% rate.

“We have got youth unemployment at levels that we simply haven’t seen since the global financial crisis.  On top of that, we’ve seen a significant shift in employment overall,” Victorian Council of Social Services’ Chief Executive Emma King emphasised recently.

“So for young people, following such a shift in employment from manufacturing to the service industry, young people simply aren’t getting their fair share of jobs.”

But local groups and the Government are taking action – to help transforming Geelong from traditional manufacturing to innovation. Read More

Southern Adelaide: Leading the way in entrepreneurship and innovation

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Adelaide’s south has become a world-leading centre for innovation and collaboration, attracting international attention, just three years into a major 20-year transformation project.  With the state’s dedication to growth, alongside quality higher education and Vocational Education and Training (VET), Adelaide is set to tackle its high unemployment rates of 8%.

With a $4.8million GRP, Southern Adelaide is made up of industrious, hard-working people with a strong sense of community and environment.  Commercial activity ranges from small, local businesses to worldwide leading exporters. Read More

Singapore: A global hub for business and world-class workforce

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With an economic freedom score of 89.4, Singapore’s economy ranks 2nd out of 42 countries in the Asia-Pacific region – and is already benefiting from one of the world’s highest economic freedom levels.

Singapore has reinforced its commitment to continued economic reform. Over the past five years, the comparatively small Asian city economy has sustained efforts to build a world-class financial centre and further open its market to global commerce.

With a highly educated and motivated workforce adding to the economy’s dynamism and resilience, Singapore is well on its way to regional and global leadership.  Workforce development can help the country stay competitive and sustain its growth in years to come. Read More

Mildura: An economic hub of inland Australia requiring a skilled workforce

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The Mildura region has a vibrant economy that is continuing to grow and adapt to change.

While the traditional industries in the agriculture and horticulture sectors continue to contribute significantly to the regional economy (supplying 98% Australia’s dried fruit, 75% table grapes, 68% almonds and 20% of Australia’s wine grapes), other industry sectors are continuing to develop, such as manufacturing, property development, retail and construction.

All of which are strengthening and diversifying the region’s economy hence the need for a future workforce strategy.

The regional economy ($3 billion in GRP per year) continues to benefit from a strong increase in population, as many people discover the value and quality of life this dynamic region offers.

However a strong population doesn’t always mean requiring a skilled workforce – which is the case with Mildura. Read More