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

A message from FutureNow's retiring CEO Mal Gammon:

Many of you will have heard of my recent decision to take early retirement for health reasons.  I have a progressive form of multiple sclerosis and the time has come to look after my health and family and hopefully do some travelling while I can with my wife.
Since my appointment as the inaugural CEO back in October 1990, vocational education and training has seen many changes, mostly for the better.   I have been fortunate to have been  involved with a special mix of industries with a wonderful range of people in industry, government and training.  
I have also been blessed with so many talented and special staff over the years many of whom have gone on to their own successful careers in a range  of fields after FutureNow.  My Chairs and Boards over the years have been supportive, committed and have always given me great encouragement and freedom to achieve the organisation’s strategic goals, and improve training outcomes for the creative and leisure industries. Read more.

Inside this issue:

Industry news: Training news

FutureNow Welcomes New CEO

FutureNow is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Hobbs as CEO of FutureNow as of the 4th of May 2015, due to the early retirement of outgoing CEO Mal Gammon. Julie is an experienced business person, creative practitioner and educator with a deep commitment to workforce development as a driver of economic, social and cultural capital. Read more.

State Budget 2015-16

WA Treasurer Mike Nahan has released the State Budget for 2015-16. To view a summary of the budget, click here.

Visitor Consumption of Australian Tourism Up

Tourism Research Australia has released the 2013-14 State Tourism Satellite Accounts outlining the economic contribution of tourism at a State or Territory level. Read more.

Skills Ministers Agree to Measures to Streamline the Training System

Vocational students and employers will have a simpler, more responsive national training system under projects agreed to by Commonwealth, State and Territory Skills Ministers. Read more.

Australian Industry and Skills Committee Established

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training, has announced the establishment of the new Australian Industry and Skills Committee. The new Committee will provide advice to governments on VET policy and give industry a stronger voice in the vocational education and training system. Read more.

New Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Organisations Announced

The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, has revealed the successful organisations that will form the new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network. Read more.

New Model for Training Product Development

The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham has outlined a new approach to the development of training products which will see employers at the centre of the process. Read more.

Perth's Crowd-funded Restaurant a first for Australia

Lucky Chan's Laundry & Noodlebar, situated in Northbridge is Australia's first permanent crowd-funded restaurant. During a 2-month campaign, over $110,000 was raised from over 800 supporters. Read more.

New Diagnostic Tool for SMEs

Business Snapshot Online is a new online business review tool that will provide a benchmark to assess future performance as well as identify opportunities for growth with subsequent mentoring services. Read more.

Fitness, Recreation and Sport Industries See Employment Growth

Almost 96,000 people work in the fitness, recreation and sport sectors, with employment growing by 34% between 2006 and 2011. Expected to be Australia’s 17th largest employer by 2017, the sectors are facing pressure to adapt owing to changing demographics, increasing demand for personalised service, competition for natural resources and new technology. Read more.

Australia Council Invests in Arts and Disability Leadership Development

The Australia Council is offering up to 10 arts leaders with disability the opportunity to join the Sync Leadership Program, providing a focus on the interplay between leadership and disability. Read more.

Australian Jobs 2015 - New Publication

Australian Jobs helps people to understand where the jobs are and what employers look for when recruiting. The publication provides information to support people at all stages of their working lives, whether they are looking for their first job, returning to the workforce or transitioning between sectors. Read more.

Developing a Strategic Directions Framework for the Arts in WA

The Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts (DCAWA) is working towards developing a Strategic Directions Framework to address current needs and future growth in the cultural sector. Read more.

Training Providers Forum 2015

The Training Providers Forum is Western Australia’s leading forum on training and workforce development. This two day conference and exhibition to be held from 25-26 May will provide the latest updates on training and workforce development and showcase examples of innovation and good practice. Read more.

Science Statement Aims to Set WA'S Strategic Direction

Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett released Western Australia’s Science Statement outlining the State’s priorities for scientific research. Education and Engagement, and particularly the promotion of STEM skills, were acknowledged as vital to WA’s vision of becoming a regional centre of scientific and technical excellence. Read more
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