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Senior Consultant/ Consultant role available at our Perth Office

Looking to apply your expertise and knowledge to work that matters?

We’re looking for a new member to join our Subiaco team.

We, Miles Morgan Australia (Miles Morgan), are a Perth based consulting firm that has operated successfully since 1997. We have undertaken projects across Australia and overseas – within community, industry and government contexts – that have been critical to advancing policy and program development and reform in several significant areas.

Our team members are all highly qualified evaluators, researchers and consultants and we focus on delivering the highest quality, context relevant and purposeful products and services.

Take a look at our job description to learn more about us and the role.

Please submit your CV and a cover letter (as a single pdf file) telling us a bit more about yourself and why you’d like to join our team to as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT: Closing date for applications is Friday 18 May 2018.

If you have any specific queries please contact Barbara or Catherine on (08) 9228 8089.

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Miles Morgan celebrates the WA Industry & Export Awards 2017

Some of our amazing team celebrating being a finalist at the 2017 Industry and Export Awards event in Perth. Congratulations to all this year’s winners! 


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Using social media and scenario thinking to inform directions for Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC)* has published its Future Skills and Training Resource developed by Miles Morgan. The Resource is an innovative exploration of future ways of working and learning impacting Australia’s workplaces, through the lens of social media conversations.

Enhancing strategic thinking capacity to inform VET skills and training

The AISC commissioned the project to ensure that the traditional ways of informing the assessment of training needs (e.g. formal labour market data releases, economic and social reviews and forecast reports) were also complemented by emerging digital data sources. The project aims to ensure Australia’s VET sector has the most current information available on the potential impact and timing of global trends affecting skills and training needs.

Miles Morgan used a strategic foresight approach, which looks for signs of change (trends and megatrends) to develop a set of possible future scenarios. This approach has capacity enhancement at its core. Readers of the Resource are encouraged to use scenarios to help identify gaps and weaknesses in their current systems and start thinking strategically about possible solutions.

A practical ‘hitch-hiker’ guide to the world of workplace change

Once we applied a quality filter to the mined data, we reviewed social media (i.e. Twitter, LinkedIn, online news websites, blogs and forums) from North America, Australasia and the Eurozone to identify/describe global and national trends that are expected to impact skills and training needs relevant to the VET sector. The Resource describes key megatrends categorised under 5 key areas:

  • Society and Culture;
  • Business and Economics;
  • Technology;
  • Resources and Environment; &
  • Political and Institutional.

It also provides details of VET relevant skills, learning and system trends. It combines these trends in different ways to form a series of possible future scenarios, with VET-related implications for employers/industry, learners, government, and the training system.

This resource is intended to stimulate discussion amongst Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) in considering future changes to Training Packages. In addition, broader VET stakeholders will find it useful for preparing their particular sectors to meet the future skills needs of business, learners and workers.

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The scenarios are designed to start national conversations about how global megatrends may affect Australia’s different industry sectors and the future skills and training implications.



*The AISC was established by COAG in 2015 to give industry a formal, expanded role in policy direction and decision-making for the vocational education and training sector. Members include industry leaders nominated by Commonwealth and state and territory ministers responsible for skills and training; a peak body representative (rotating between the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Business Council of Australia and the Australian Industry Group); and two ex-officio members (senior government officials).


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Miles Morgan nominated finalist in WA Industry & Export Awards 2017

We’re very excited to have been named a finalist in the 2017 Western Australian Industry & Export Awards for our international projects for the OECD, the Government of Saudi Arabia and the Canadian Career Development Foundation. Our amazing team has done it again!

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Miles Morgan team present at aes2017 International Evaluation Conference

We’re super excited at Miles Morgan to have been invited to present at the Australasian Evaluation Society’s 2017 International Evaluation Conference, held in Canberra. The theme for the conference this year was “Evaluation Capital”.

The conference theme was two-fold:

Firstly, evaluation is a durable asset for sound governance. That is, longevity and permanence should be built into our evaluation systems because societies with more evaluation capital are better off than those with less.

The second idea concerns the inherently political nature of evaluation, and that evaluation commissioners and practitioners must be sensitive to the effect of politics when making their evaluative choices. (AES 2017)

Our senior consultants, Catherine Manley and Naysa Brasil Teodoro, presented the seminar workshop: Future of evaluation: a collaborative introduction to scenario thinking. The presentation drew on Miles Morgan’s recently published work Future skills and training resource, which was developed for the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). The interactive session generated much interest and discussion about professionalisation, interdisciplinary working and making use of new technology and data opportunities. 

Thanks to the AES for the photos of our team at the event.

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To view Miles Morgan’s presentation slide Future of evaluation: a collaborative introduction to scenario thinking, which are available to download in PDF format, visit:


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The OECD-ILO publish Miles Morgan’s case study exploring innovations in business-education partnerships in apprenticeship programmes

We’re very excited to have been one of only 9 organisations selected globally by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nation’s International Labour Organization (ILO) to write a chapter for a recently released publication Engaging Employers in Apprenticeship Opportunities.

Our case study, Innovative Approaches to Attracting and Retaining Apprentices in Western Australia (Chapter 5), focuses on the approach being taken by Australian construction company, the ABN Group, to attract and retain high calibre apprentices and support them on the journey to become small business owners in their own right.

Youth employment and the future of work are key areas of interest for Miles Morgan. Our case study highlighted how the ABN Group has radically changed its approach to supporting mostly young people through on-the-job learning via its apprenticeship program, and the results speak for themselves. For example, ABN reported a 71% completion rate compared with the national completion rate of 42% (and a Western Australian completion rate of 52%) for the construction industry over a comparable period.

The case study showcases the innovative approach the ABN Group has taken, the results they’ve achieved and how transferable their approach is to other companies, industry sectors and countries.

We received outstanding support from the ABN Group’s Managing Director, Dale Alcock, and Group Training Organisation Manager, Loris Moriconi, in preparing the case study.  They are clearly committed to building a workplace-based education and training service that works for young people and also delivers great outcomes for the company and the industry.

The full report Engaging Employers in Apprenticeship Opportunities is available on the OECD website.






MM presents at Austrade’s ‘Doing Business in the Middle East’ webinar

Earlier this week, Austrade hosted a webinar that focussed on providing information to businesses about how to discover new markets and opportunities through ‘Doing business in the Middle East’. Miles Morgan was one of three businesses invited to speak about their experiences of doing business in the Middle East, joined by speakers from Austrade.

The speakers included:

  • Mark Morley, Senior Trade Commissioner, Austrade Saudi Arabia
  • Gerard Seeber, Senior Trade Commissioner, Austrade Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • Cynthia Dearin, Managing Director, Dearin Associates
  • David Yates, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Barbara Macnish, CEO, Miles Morgan Australia

Miles Morgan worked in conjunction with the Saudi Arabian Government in the creation and implementation of the Kingdom’s first national quality framework for career education and development for a number of years.

Barbara provided valuable insights into the Saudi culture and aspects of every day working life.  She emphasised  the importance of understanding and observing cultural traditions as being crucial for successful business interactions in the Middle East. 

On the business front, Barbara highlighted that there is a very different approach to project methodologies and simply replicating an Australian model is not appropriate or advisable. What is required is an open approach to redeveloping a model or framework so that it works for that particular Middle Eastern country and its culture. There are many challenges to working in the Middle East, but also many rewards. Barbara described her experience as one where she

met some of the warmest, loveliest people you’ll ever meet – anywhere.

Key take away points for those wanting to do business in the Middle East – in the first instance, contact Austrade and Efic. They can provide invaluable advice about cultural aspects – in particular for practical social requirements, organising introductions, Export Development grants and performance bonds. Most of all, be open to the experience of working with a different culture: not only will your business grow, there are great opportunities for personal growth too.

For more information about Miles Morgan’s experiences in the Middle East, read the Austrade Case Study on our work in Saudi Arabia.

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MM invited to participate in Efic’s SME Briefing: Transform your business through exporting

The success of Miles Morgan’s work in Saudi  Arabia, in creating and implementing the Kingdom’s national quality framework for career education and development over several years has created a buzz in business circles this year. So much so that Barbara Macnish, our Managing Director, has been asked to be a panellist at the Efic SME Briefing that will be held on 1 March at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The hot topic for the panellist event is how to grow and expand your business through exporting.


The host for the panellist discussion will be Emma Alberici, presenter on ABC1’s Lateline Program.

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The panel features:

Barbara Macnish, Managing Director, Miles Morgan, Australia, which provides research, policy and consultancy services, predominantly to government organisations, domestically and internationally.

Ed Neilan, CEO, Radlink Communications, a leader in radio technology solutions helping businesses keep in touch with their employees and monitor direct operations.

Sheryll Fisher, Managing Director, Outback Initiatives, a provider of experiential learning solutions for change leadership.

Nader El Sayed, CEO, Multiplant Holdings, an engineering and construction business focused on civil works and contract mining.

It looks to be a lively discussion and we can’t wait to hear what the other panelists have to say about their experiences in exporting and how this helped their business to grow.  We, at Miles Morgan, are looking forward to sharing our experiences working in Saudi Arabia.


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Miles Morgan awarded Mental Health Commission tender

We’re off to a great start this New Year, having been won a tender with the WA Mental Health Commission (MHC).  Miles Morgan have been engaged by the Mental Health Commission to conduct the 2017 Australian School Student Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) Survey (WA component)  in high schools across Western Australia.

The Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) survey provides a snapshot of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among secondary school students aged 12 to 17 years (grade 7 to 12). The survey has been conducted every three years since 1984 and the previous survey was conducted in 2011. (Mental Health Commission)

We look forward to working with the Mental Health Commission on this project, and with all the schools that will be surveyed.

To learn more about survey results in previous years, visit the Mental Health Commission’s Australian School Student Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) Survey page.


Miles Morgan wins Town of Victoria Park Inclusive Pathways to Employment Strategy (IPES) tender

Miles Morgan has been engaged by the Town of Victoria Park to develop an “Inclusive Pathways to Employment Strategy (IPES)” to ensure that people with a disability have equal opportunities to gain employment with the Town of Victoria Park workforce.

The Town of Victoria Park is a Western Australian metropolitan local government council situated near the Perth CBD. We look forward to working with the Town of Victoria Park on this project.

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