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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:
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.
WA Treasurer Mike Nahan has released the State Budget for 2015-16. To view a summary of the budget, click here.
State Budget 2015-16
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.
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.
Skills Ministers Agree to Measures to Streamline the Training System
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.
Australian Industry and Skills Committee Established
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.
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.
New Model for Training Product Development
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.
Perth's Crowd-funded Restaurant a first for Australia
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.
New Diagnostic Tool for SMEs