Category Archives: Workforce Development

Greater Western Sydney, Australia’s third largest economy, creating new jobs

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Sydney districts have been powering one quarter of Australia’s economic growth, for the last financial year. All eyes are on Western Sydney – home to over 21% of Greater Sydney’s population and generating 18% of its jobs. It also powers 18% of Greater Sydney’s economic activity.

In the past 20 years, the number of jobs in Western Sydney has doubled. Today, the four main industry sectors include health and education (87%), knowledge-intensive jobs (71%), population-serving (61%), and industrial (175%). Finance and insurance are also hot jobs in the district. The dominance of health and education match the areas’ accessibility to health and education institutions.

Moving forward, it’s anticipated that the new Parramatta Square development will push job growth in public administration. Because the share of industrial roles in the west is higher than Greater Sydney, there’s an opportunity to look at ways to leverage the district’s ‘economic assets and investment opportunities’ to continue the momentum of the knowledge-intensive economy. 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’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

Workforce BluePrint – Expressions of Interest

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Inspiring conversations (video from Adelaide Hills) locally and globally, learning about the work that you are doing whether it is at a conference, event, meeting or online, and the purpose of this email is to extend an Expression of Interest (EoI) to you.

STEM in Education

This EoI is three-fold with a local and global context.
Do you have experiences that could link with the 21st Century Capabilities Framework, for example, new discovery technologies like Virtual Reality, wellbeing, entrepreneurship and STEM in education?

And/or you might have workforce solutions that could be products, programs, tools, resources and services? Read More

The Elon Musk effect: putting South Australia on the map

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The world’s biggest lithium battery, three times more powerful than any other on Earth, will be built in South Australia. Earlier this month, Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, announced news of the 100-megawatt battery which will store energy near Jamestown.

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Premier Jay Weatherill announced the South Australian government had accepted the “historic agreement” with Tesla and French renewables company Neoen. 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

Industry 4.0: the fourth industrial revolution

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Industry 4.0 is the automation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the digitisation in manufacturing with machine-to-machine and human-to-machine communication.  It includes the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and cyber-physical systems.

Industry_4.0_NoText (1)A ‘smart factory’ works by the cyber-physical systems monitoring physical processes, creating a virtual copy to make decentralised decisions.  Via the IoT, the cyber-physical systems ‘talk’ to each other and humans, in real time.  This trend is now affecting almost every industry across the world and how businesses are run. Read More