Regional Workforce Development – Resulting in significant investment, jobs & confidence
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.
Wendy Perry, Managing Director, Workforce BluePrint
+61 416 150 491 | +61 8387 9800
PO Box 838, HAPPY VALLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA 5159