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Game Set and Match - A #Skills Mismatch

Thursday, 10 March 2016 14:14 Published in Latest WPC Group News

|  1st February 2016  |

Australia's so-called skills gap is, in fact, a skills mismatch, and fixing it requires a revised curriculum that links people to the right jobs. Nicholas Wyman interviewed by James Wells Rhetoric around youth unemployment must change, an expert has argued.

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Taking the rights steps to your career path

Thursday, 10 March 2016 09:03 Published in Latest WPC Group News

Over the past couple of decades scoring a place at university has been considered the top choice for school leavers, but a growing number of young people are discovering they might be better off attending TAFE.
In recent years, the number of Australians attending university has skyrocketed, with individuals investing thousands of dollars into higher education. Sadly most students will end up unemployed, due to the oversupply of graduates and the increase in employers who are seeking individuals with ‘practical’ work skills.
Unlike university, vocational education and training not only offers people the right skills they need to snap up a good job but it also puts them in a position to start earning income early on.
Keilara Briggs is already making her mark in the workforce thanks to the traineeship she completed. The 19-year-old from Airport West, Victoria undertook a Certificate III in Business – and was sold on the fact that she could earn while she was learning and come out the other end with a qualification.
“I was nearing the end of Year 12 and I only had the faintest idea of what I wanted to do once I graduated. My head space was not in the right place to focus and commit to further study and to be able to go to uni full time, so I chose to look at other options,” Keilara said.
“I received an email from my uncle about traineeship opportunities and researched a bit more about what they involved and the benefits of completing a TAFE course, and I loved what I saw.”
With the help of recruitment company, WPC Group, Keilara landed a traineeship at The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources in Victoria.
The best part she said: “You get to work while you learn and there are no HECs fees!”
“Instead of spending years at university to then try and go and get a job with limited work experience, with a traineeship you go straight into working and gaining knowledge and experience in your preferred field first-hand,” she added.
Keilara is now the HR administrator and EA for the Director of HR and the Chief Financial Officer at CenITex an ICT company which currently provides services to six Victorian Government departments and their associated agencies and government entities.
Michelle Forehead, from Point Cook Victoria, like Keilara decided university was not for her. After giving university a go straight out of school and deciding it wasn’t the right choice – the 22-year-old began searching for an educational pathway that could set her on the right track towards achieving her career goals quicker than what university would.
Completing a Certificate III in Business gave Michelle the opportunity to undertake a traineeship at Wire Industries, a leading Australian supplier of reinforcing steel. “I found my experience at Wire Industries as amazing.”
Michelle greatly attributes her positive experience to the assistance she received from WPC Group – which provided her with a mentor who would oversee and support her during her traineeship.
“I found that it was a lot easier doing a business traineeship rather than going to university as I was give more support. My mentors and colleagues were very helpful and had the experience to train me and help me answer any questions that I had.
“When I was in university I found it quite hard, as I did not have a lot of support and found that I had to rely mainly on myself.”
Now Michelle works as the Dispatch/administrative co-ordinator at Wire Industries and is happier than ever - “I absolutely love my job!” she said.

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About WPC Group

WPC Group is one of the largest employers of apprentices and trainees in Australia with 500 apprentices and trainees working with more than 200 host employers.  Some of Australia’s largest businesses use WPC Group Training as a source of skilled people.
WPC Group specialises in flexible employment, recruitment and training solutions. Established in 1982 WPC Group promotes, develops and manages training and employment opportunities for people who wish to enter an apprenticeship or traineeship.  It has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
WPC Group takes care of recruitment, payroll, WorkCover, skill development, disputes, managing training requirements, mentoring and accepting the trainee back if things don’t work out with the host employer.

Employment and apprenticeship expert Nicholas Wyman is changing the conversation about what a successful career looks like.
Mr Wyman, CEO of WPC Group and author of Job U, will attend the upcoming Connect EXPO, one of Australia’s fasted growing business technology events, to discuss the topic of “People without jobs and jobs without people: bridging the skills gap”.
He will explain that despite the number of unemployed Australians, there are industries throughout the country which are struggling to find skilled people to fill well-paying jobs.
Mr Wyman will talk through some of the solutions and show individuals and industries how to find one another. “Too many people cling to a narrow definition of success. They are not open to education alternatives to university that could better lead them to a successful career,” he says.
“It’s time to throw out educational models that no longer work,” he says, “vocational education and training is experiencing a resurgence, and can offer people the practical skills they need to nab their dream job.”
Later on in the day he will join a panel discussion to talk on the topic of: “STEM & Global Connectedness: Bridging the gap between education and employment”. He will then moderate a roundtable on the topic of “Working together to bridge the skills gap”.
The event is running from 19 - 20 April 2016 and will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

|  Mining Chronicle  |  March 2016  |

In the face of being let go from a company, it can be less difficult for a person to jump into another job like the one they had, in fear of not being able to pay the bills.
However, if Nicholas Wyman’s advice is anything to go by, periods of transition in your life are a great time to reassess what you should be doing.
Nicholas, a workforce development and skills expert and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation, says employees in the mining industry are at an advantage in the workplace.
“People have got to do a bit of a skills matrix and look at what they have to offer and [realise] maybe this is an opportunity not just to get a job
like the one they’ve just had, but to look at what else they could do,” he says.

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This article is available in the March 2016 issue of  The National Mining Chronicle.
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Radio 2GB with Steve Price  |  2 March 2016  |  

Steve Price, Danny Bielik and 2016 Fulbright recipient, CEO and Author - Nicholas Wyman - discuss the growing disconnect between qualified graduates and available jobs in the Australian Economy and how we can best encourage our children towards a career that they will bring them satisfaction and employment.


|  Workforce development and skills expert Nicholas Wyman tells TODAY EXTRA hosts, Sonia Kruger and David Campbell, that you don’t need a university degree to be successful. Big employers are moving further away from hiring university graduates, believing they don’t have the real world skills to do the job. Mr Wyman said the focus needs to shift away from the mantra of ‘university for all’. Teens and young people, he said, need to investigate all their options when it comes to further study.


Sweeten the Deal for Good Start

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 08:13 Published in Latest WPC Group News

| Advertiser - Adelaide 27 Feb 2016 |

Young people can find it tough to get into the workforce, but help is at hand.

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Many paths to top job

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 14:50 Published in Latest WPC Group News

Hills Shire Times, Sydney | 01 Mar 2016 | by Janita Singh  |

Some of the best jobs don’t require a university degree, according to workforce development and skills expert Nicholas Wyman. Mr Wyman, who has written the book Job U about non-traditional pathways to getting a dream job, believed acquiring skills was more necessary to a fulfilling career than getting a traditional degree.

“A surprising percentage of people who get their education outside of a traditional university setting earn more than peers who spend years and thousands of dollars earning a degree,”

Mr Wyman, the chief executive of the Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation, said.

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“Opportunities can’t be found inside a traditional classroom, but rather in the educational options that pro-ide the technical, vocational and soft skills companies actually need.”

It was also time to re-look at how our education system worked.“ Many of our education institutions are not connected to the skills needs of employers,” Mr Wyman said.