Opinion: Mining needs to invest more in L&D Programs

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A large international accounting firm (no prizes for guessing who) recently announced the results of its analysis of the Australian mining sector and, in short, basically said that we’re still in the ‘boom’ (albeit at the tail end of it) but that we’ve moved from a situation where there was a BIG fight to hire enough skilled staff to do the job, to making sure that they got as much as possible from the established workforce (and other resources) to stay competitive and provide a return to their investors.

I’m always more than happy to hold my hand up and declare that I’m biased towards L&D solutions as a way to address workforce capability/productivity issues, however, I can’t see any other way to achieve this outcome without some significant workforce planning and capability development via well designed training programs.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks,

Sam

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Opinion: Leadership and the ‘Lord of the Flies Principles’

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Whilst the ‘Lord of the Flies principles’ are meant to apply to austere or survival situations, there are certain business/work situations where, due to various stresses, the principles may apply…the more obvious one being number 2; “Leaders frequently become obsessed with maintaining control rather than leading”.

An interesting thought…

Have a great weekend.

Cheers,

Sam 🙂

Victorian Funding Register for RTOs

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The Victorian state government has announced that any RTOs wishing to access funding in that state will need to enter into a VET funding contract with the Department in order to deliver government funded training under the Victorian Training Guarantee.

As anyone that’s accessed funding knows, applying for/utilising funding can be a painful process but is often well worth the effort…especially if your organisation is short on funds for training. So, if you’re an RTO in Victoria (or an organisation with staff or clients in Victoria), you’d be well advised to apply ASAP. Continue reading

Opinion: Increase in Australian L&D job vacancies

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Further to my post yesterday about L&D being ‘on the up’ in terms of more money [finally] seeming to be made available for L&D training programs, it also seems that the number of jobs being advertised recently has also risen, another indicator that there is a lot more positivity in the wider L&D/OD space.

For example, Seek.com.au (undoubtedly Australia’s largest online job-board) posted 235 new jobs in the past 30 days (click here for the SEEK search results) and Mycareer.com.au (Australia’s second largest online job-board) posted 60 (click here for the MC search results. Whilst you’d have to assume that the majority of the jobs on Mycareer were duplicates of those on Seek, this is still a pretty impressive number when one considers the size of the entire Australian L&D/OD ‘family’ and even more so when you consider that in other, bigger, [randomly chosen] professions, the numbers were: Continue reading

Opinion: Is Australian L&D ‘on the up’?

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As most of you would already know, my job is getting out there an meeting with L&D/OD managers to discuss their [business & leadership] training needs and working with them to develop and implement programs to address the identified skills gaps.

As you can imagine, this gives me a fair amount of insight into what’s going on out there in the wider L&D world. However, even if you’re in a fairly isolated role, you’d have to have been living under the proverbial rock to not have been aware of the fact that, due to a somewhat slow economy, a large percentage of L&D/OD managers have had fairly limited budgets (the resultant impact on the workforce being pretty obvious).

However, this year there seems to have been a very tangible change in the market. People who have, for a year or two now, been keen to get going with badly needed programs but struggling to get budget approval, seem to finally be getting the go-ahead. Continue reading

Event Alert: Australian HR Awards 2014

Australian HR Awards 2014

Arguably the premier awards of their type in Australia, the 2014 Australian HR Awards Ceremony kicks off on Friday the 5th of September at Doltone House, Darling Island in Sydney and, as always, will include an award for ‘Best Learning and Development Strategy’.

It’s also a great opportunity to network with others in the HR/OD/L&D community and, of course, have a drink or two with them!

For more information, see below or click here to go to the official website.

Cheers, Sam

From the Australian HR Awards Website…

The Australian HR Awards have kicked off with a bang!

This year has seen a record number of nominations from some of the country’s largest and most innovative companies. The high calibre of entries received this year has resulted in a very impressive list of finalists.

View the full list of finalists

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