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

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

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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How do you engage people to train them in an important (but boring) topic?

How do you engage a group of people in an extremely important topic that they’ve heard a million times and think of as just plain dull? Virgin airlines in America have come up with this novel approach to making the topic of air travel safety engaging, fun, entertaining, and informative (Virgin Australia have done a similar thing here with some CGI animation but I have to say that it’s not nearly as engaging…quite dull and annoying in fact, which kind of defeats the point of it). Cheers, Sam

Opinion: Preparing RETAINED staff for life after retrenchment

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Ok, I’ll hold my hand up and say that, being a member of the wider L&D/OD community, I am, of course, somewhat biased about my belief in the huge benefits of ‘good’ training for an organisation.

However, I’m pretty confident that my bias isn’t so strong that it’s making me miss something about some of (to me) the obvious flaws in the retrenchment strategies employed by so many organisations. Continue reading

Event Alert: AHRI National Convention & Exhibition 2014

Whilst AHRI (The Australian HR Institute) obviously covers all areas of HR, there is typically a decent enough amount of L&D/OD relevant presentations, stands, etc to make it well worth attending, not to mention the networking opportunities…and the excellent canapés of course! Hope to see you there, Sam

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The AHRI National Convention & Exhibition – 19-21 August 2014 – Melbourne, VIC

From the AHRI Website:

Why you should attend the ahri national convention and exhibition in 2014

As the custodians of the strategic design, implementation and measurement of effective workplace cultures, practices and behaviours, today’s HR professionals need access to the best information, tools and networks. The AHRI National Convention is Australia’s flagship event for HR and a not-to-be missed professional development opportunity for those responsible for the people planning decisions in their organisation.

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Event Alert – Workforce Planning & Management in Mining 2012

On the 17 and 18 of April, 2012, IQPC (The International Quality & Productivity Centre) are hosting the ‘Workforce Planning & Management in Mining 2012’ conference at the Holiday Inn City Centre, Perth, WA.

It promises a very full day with some excellent keynote speakers/topics including: Continue reading