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Workforce Development in the Grampians

  • Year: 2012
  • Author: Centre for Regional Innovation & Competitiveness—University of Ballarat
  • Publisher: RDA Grampians
  • Published Location: Ballarat, Victoria
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Victoria

A research study 'Workforce Development in the Grampians Region' released by RDA Grampians identifies the future workforce needs of business and industry in the region focusing on four key industries: Manufacturing, Health Care, Agriculture and Tourism.

A key challenge for business and industry, and tertiary education providers in the region was to identify, plan for and provide the workforce skills and knowledge that would be relevant in future years.

Research undertaken by the University of Ballarat, involved considerable literature search and synthesis as well as workshops with industry to ensure regionally specific, practical and meaningful findings and highlights that the changing structure of the economy and training market requires new levels of adaptability and improved links between employers and education providers.

Throughout this project, and in particular during stakeholder engagement, it became clear that there is a strong sense of place in the Grampians region and there is already great commitment and active engagement between industry, education and government. Despite the considerable size of the Grampians region, there are strong linkages and networks in each sub-region. As such, the region has a demonstrated ability to collaborate, build purposeful relationships, and strengthen networks and alliances to create a workforce infrastructure that assists its industries to grow and diversify.

In considering the national, state and regional trends, drivers and barriers across each industry a number of practical actions were proposed by stakeholders for consideration. These actions do not include the generation of more reports rather; they are offered as practical solutions and will for the basis for more detailed implementation planning in the future.

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