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Welcome to the latest issue of the FutureNow News: Your Workforce, Your Future

FutureNow would like to wish you and your family a wonderful and safe festive season and a prosperous new year. Thank you for all your support this past year and we look forward to working with you in 2016.

Inside this issue:

Industry news:
Training news:  

Training for the Outdoor Recreation Sector: Future Priorities

Service Skills Australia has released a report, Training for the Outdoor Recreation Sector: Future Priorities to assist the outdoor industry to develop a business case for submission to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC), under the new training package development process commencing January 2016.  Read more.

FutureNow visits Albany

FutureNow Project Manager for Sport and Recreation Rachael Davidson completed a visit to Albany in November to participate in a PD day for VET teachers from the Great Southern Region, organised by the Department of Education. Read more.

FutureNow CEO attends Peel Regional Investment Blueprint launch

FutureNow CEO, Julie Hobbs attended the launch of the Peel Regional Investment Blueprint held at the Sebel Mandurah on Thursday 17 December. Read more
Click here to view the Peel Regional Investment Blueprint.


AusPlay - The Australian Sports Commission's national population tracking survey

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has announced the commencement of AusPlay, a national population tracking survey. Read more.

Release of Sport and Recreation Human Resources Tool Kit 

A Human Resources Tool kit has been developed by Apex Human Resources Consultancy for the Department of Sport and Recreation to support the level and quality of human resources management within the sport and recreation industry in Western Australia. For further information, and to view the tool kit components, click here.

Tourism workers in demand for Western Australia 

According to the Australian Tourism Labour Force Report: 2015-2020, almost 13,000 tourism and hospitality staff will be needed in WA over the next five years. Read more

FutureNow 2015 Workforce Development Plans

The 2015 Workforce Development Plans for the Western Australian creative and leisure industries are available for viewing.  There are Plans covering the following sectors: Cultural and Creative Industries, Information and Communications Technology, Sport, Recreation and Racing, and Tourism, Hospitality and Events. The plans are available for download from the Current Plans section of our Workforce Development page.

ASQA Report: training in equine programs in Australia

The Australian Skills Quality Authority's (ASQA's) national strategic review of training in equine programs in Australia has been released. Read more. To view the report and key findings, please click here.

Training Package Update

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (the AISC) met in Hobart on 1 December 2015. At the meeting the AISC approved nine training packages for implementation including SISv2 Sport Fitness and Recreation, ICTv3 Information and Communication Technology, and ICPv2 Printing and Graphic Arts.
In total, 26 training packages have been approved for implementation

The AISC will meet in Melbourne on 10 and 11 February 2016.

For further details on specific training packages under FutureNow's coverage, please click here

New Strategic Plan for the Arts and Cultural Sector

FutureNow recently provided a response to the Department of Culture and the Arts’ Arts Leadership Group Strategic Directions Framework.
Read more. 


Gourmet Experiences in Margaret River

In November, the FutureNow Hospitality Ambassador Program participated in Kambarang - An Aboriginal Gourmet Experience, a fringe event part of the 2015 Margaret River Gourmet Escape.

The event brought 16 indigenous school students from across Western Australia to cook alongside chefs Mark Olive and Josh Whiteland. 

The Luncheon, held at the Margaret River campus of the South West Institute of Technology attracted a large amount of attention, with a special guest visit from international celebrity chef, Antonio Carluccio.

Click on the link below to read the article appearing on Perth Now. 

Read more.

Training and Developing Your Staff

The Department of Training and Workforce Development, together with project partners, has published a series of workforce planning and development brochures tailored for small to medium businesses. 
Recent brochures published include: 
These and previous brochures are available to download on the Workplace Essentials website. 

Read more.

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