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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!

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

Miles Morgan presents at workshop on the VET Funding Model Review hosted by ACPET

A sincere thanks to Helen McNeill of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) for hosting our team at last Friday’s workshop – we look forward to working with you and your members as part of the VET Funding Model Review.

Read the full article VET Funding Model Review Workshop on the ACPET website.

 

Miles Morgan’s success in Saudi Arabia’s career education and development framework is showcased by Austrade

We are very excited to have worked in conjunction with the Saudi Arabian Government in the creation and implementation of the Kingdom’s national quality framework for career education and development.

“Our role was to create the quality framework that underpins and shapes the development of local qualifications to better equip Saudi people, especially younger people, with the knowledge and skills to make effective career choices.”

Read the full article Australian expertise helps enhance Saudi Arabia’s education and training standards on the Austrade website.

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