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Adelaide’s island sister, Christchurch, New Zealand, rebuilding its economy… from the ground up

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Adelaide is connected to amazing cities, from Austin (USA) to Himeji (Japan).  Closer to home, there’s Christchurch in our neighbour island, New Zealand.

Christchurch is a city, not without its challenges.  The 2011 earthquake changed the entire landscape of the city.  But it’s being rebuilt with greater resilience, along with a new way of working revolutionising the city.Cathedral,_Christchurch,_New_Zealand

Universities are providing flexible, learning environments focused around collaborative spaces and developing innovation across problem solving so students can choose when, where and how they study. Read More

Improved development enables better design of the healthcare system for medicine, nursing & allied health

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According to the Future Healthcare Journal, medical education doesn’t prepare young doctors for the rapidly changing medical landscape.

The current response to change is a ‘reactive and resource-intensive effort’, rather than interprofessional clinical and non-clinical training.  There’s an opportunity to incorporate a philosophy and style that accommodate innovation, communication, and change – with one single educational body bridging undergraduate and postgraduate instruction.Aged care

Postgraduate medical training needs to be a flexible, responsive training curriculum for the workforce.  Education needs to teach students how to adapt and encourage innovation. Read More

Pre-empting the South Australian State Budget

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With the South Australian budget to be handed down tomorrow, let’s look forward to a refocus on current and future job opportunities, considering economic, environmental, social and workforce development needs.

And how might the state with significant unemployment rates do this?SAHMRI_Adelaide_SA

Firstly by understanding employment and job demand, where are the current and future jobs, how are jobs changing and what skills are required.  Making it easier to employer new people with more measures like the Job Accelerator Grant Scheme are expected. 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

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

Smart cities, internet origins, gig economy, Artificial Intelligence, new jobs and the future of work at SXSW 2017

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Smart cities discussion over a breakfast session, focused on GIS, housing, transport, access, equity and workforce development with colleagues from @texas_univ @acltv and links with the work being undertaken by the City of Adelaide @AdelaideSmart.

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A well timed tweet resulted in a connection and chat with @scraigwatkins Professor, Moody College of Communication, The University of Texas Austin to talk about collaboration opportunities. Read More

Human connections enhanced by gamification, blockchain, podcasting, space, self-driving cars and bots at SXSW17

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Human connections at the SXSW registrants lounge with fellow South Australians, and human-focused design, taking boring content and turning it into games whilst changing behaviour, featured in a framework for actionable gamification in the first SXSW interactive session.

Like Waze’s snake monster where user generated content beat the traffic – this approach could work well for the Real Day Out (RDO) and so could Collection Sets at RDO stops.IMG_7697 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

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

Implement a successful SMART Training Needs Analysis

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Developing a SMART Training Needs Analysis is essential for shaping clearly defined expectations for an employee.

It fosters clarification around communication between team members and senior management, and provides employees with a robust sense of purpose on what is expected within their role in supporting employers to achieve their strategic goals.

 

A Training Needs Analysis (TNA) framework draws upon a skills matrix and is used to support workforce planning, personnel reviews, and career & succession planning.  Any gaps are built into each employee’s plan with the results aggregated to information an employer’s training budget and workforce plan.

This blog summarises pivotal points of a TNA framework including guidance on applying some of the conversational techniques that mean the process with be positive and smooth.

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