The next version of the CES mustn’t be designed by bureaucrats in a bubble aka what do clients really need?

By Wendy Perry | March 3, 2024

In the rapidly evolving world of work, the needs of job seekers and those venturing into self-employment are becoming increasingly complex.  As we look toward the next iteration of Workforce Australia with the Commonwealth Employment Services (CES), it’s crucial to consider an innovative approach that addresses not just the technical aspects of employment but also […]

An Australian National Skills Passport: Misguided Investment

By Wendy Perry | February 29, 2024

The proposition for an Australian National Skills Passport appears to be a step backwards, rather than forwards, for workforce development. This concept is not novel; it has resurfaced periodically over the past two decades in Australia but has never gained traction. The reasons for this are numerous and grounded in both practical and strategic considerations. […]

VET Please!

By Wendy Perry | January 15, 2024

Dear VET Sector Stakeholders, Governments, Powers that be in Australia, and TVET friends globally This is the year to please not just do better but to do amazing things. And this is evidenced by an overwhelming amount of feedback coming from many different voices over recent times including the Rebuilding Employment Services, Final report on […]

Future of Employment Services in Australia – Responding to the Rebuilding Employment Services Report

By Wendy Perry | January 11, 2024

Firstly, a thank you to the Select Committee on Workforce Australia Employment Services members, and those that sent in submissions, as this is a mammoth piece of work, with much thought and feedback that has been considered for the final report. This blog, ‘Future of Employment Services in Australia – Responding to the Rebuilding Employment […]

Speaking Topics for 2024

By Wendy Perry | December 11, 2023

Download: Wendy Perry One pager v0.3 With over 27 years of speaking and presenting experience, pick and choose the topics and experiences that you are interested in, to build a remarkable conference program and get the bonus of multi-functional speaker that is also a great MC.  Speaking on topics across: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Designing Entrepreneurial […]

Entrepreneurial Mindset and the Power of Personal Branding

By Wendy Perry | November 10, 2023

“On behalf of the Multicultural Business and Entrepreneur Network (MBEN) Conference 2023 organising team, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for your exceptional contribution as a Speaker at the Conference which took place on 10th October.  Your insights and expertise greatly enriched the conference, making it a memorable and valuable experience for all delegates. […]

Ask your Questions to James Palmers (chatbot) about the Working Future: The Australian Government’s White Paper on Jobs and Opportunities

By Wendy Perry | October 12, 2023

It’s been a long time brewing – spilling the tea on jobs, skills & VET in Australia + AI chatbot results

By Wendy Perry | October 12, 2023

Good morning The Hon Brendan O’Connor MP is in Adelaide this morning at AIEC 2023 and this content has been a long time brewing about jobs, skills & VET in Australia. Building upon the need for: A vision for the Australian Workforce (can you believe that most other countries, particularly developing countries, have had documented visions […]

SXSW Sydney October 2023 – Here We Come!

By Wendy Perry | October 8, 2023

Raise your hand if you are going to SXSW Sydney? There is much anticipation and interest with SXSW going outside of Austin, Texas, USA for the first time, and headed down under to Sydney, Australia. Having been to the mind-blowing SXSW in Austin, Texas, USA since 2015, there are a few things that I do […]

Insights from ASK JAMES PALMERS AI Chatbot on Working Future: The Australian Government’s White Paper on Jobs and Opportunities

By Wendy Perry | September 30, 2023

Going from not too much happening to a quick succession of many plans and policy documents being published it seems like information overload, so the need for quick and insightful access to critical documents is more pressing than ever. The ASK JAMES PALMERS AI Chatbot was crafted with this in mind, designed to provide a […]

How to Switch On, Start and Grow an Entrepreneurial Community: Case Study from Australia – SXSW PanelPicker

By Wendy Perry | August 16, 2023

Could you please Vote Up this PanelPicker session for #SXSW in #Austin 2024 by clicking on this link, signing in and casting your vote? It is titled, “How to Switch On, Start & Grow an Entrepreneurial Community”, and showcases many of you with the success of entrepreneurs and founders from South Australia, over the past […]

CX & SXSW – Sister Cities Celebration 40 year relationship from City of Adelaide to City of Austin event

By Wendy Perry | July 22, 2023

“…a Fantastic Event Wendy Perry so glad that Australian Customer Experience Professionals Association (ACXPA) was able to be involved Luke Hutchinson Derek Finch Justin Tippett David Stone“ “Powerful connections… mind blowing stat’s… new possibilities to explore. Thank you Wendy Perry another great networking event” “Thanks Wendy Perry for another fabulous and informative event, great speakers and vibe, lots of creative possibilities!” “Incredible night!!” “Thanks […]

Recommendations for Australian VET System Reform and VET Workforce Blueprint

By Wendy Perry | June 12, 2023

Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) system is indeed complex and complicated, with a multitude of providers, qualifications, and funding arrangements. This blog post and draft towards a paper, is written by Wendy Perry, Managing Director, Workforce BluePrint; Entrepreneurship Facilitator – Switch Start Scale; Facilitator, Sea to Valley Startups; with 28+ years’ experience in VET […]

Opportunities for Education, Small Business, Startups and Scaleups with AUKUS

By Wendy Perry | May 22, 2023

When you have parents who are Londoners and 10-pound POMS the connection to the UK is tangible, and with recent trips to the USA exploring sister city connections the AUKUS deal makes sense, especially because Adelaide’s sister city Austin in Texas, has another sister city which is London. AUKUS (Australia, UK, and USA) is a […]

Where are the Countries that Standout in Vocational Education and Training?

By Wendy Perry | May 11, 2023

It is difficult to identify the “best” country in the world on vocational education and training (VET) as each country has its own unique strengths and challenges.  However, there are several countries that are widely recognised as leaders in VET, including Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Singapore. Switzerland has a highly-regarded vocational education and training system […]

Why SXSW is so Popular and Worth It?

By Wendy Perry | April 10, 2023

Meeting people and seeing technology that you can only really witness at SXSW is why I’ve already bought tickets to SXSW 2024 in Austin, TX, USA and SXSW Sydney 2023, NSW, Australia. If you don’t know what SXSW is or maybe you’ve vaguely heard about it then it is time to appreciate this mind-blowing, immersive […]

Germany’s TVET Dual System Explained

By Wendy Perry | March 29, 2023

A unique training system known as the “dual system” of Vocational Education and Training (VET), combines practical on-the-job training with classroom education. Here’s how it works: Dual Training Contract: The dual training system starts with a dual training contract between the apprentice, the training company, and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.  The contract outlines […]

SXSW 2023 – Prep and Tackling Logistics

By Wendy Perry | February 11, 2023

In 2020 I was 24 hours away from getting on a plane when SXSW was cancelled and Covid became a global issue.  So I’m very happy to be going to Austin, Texas, USA in 2023, and if you have been before or maybe only once or twice, there are a number of tips to share […]

Which countries are leading VET/TVET?

By Wendy Perry | January 25, 2023

Many countries have long-term national skills development plans to address the changing needs of their economies and workforce.  Here are some examples: Singapore: The Singaporean government’s SkillsFuture initiative aims to provide citizens with the skills and training they need to stay employable and relevant in a constantly changing job market. South Korea: The Korean government […]

Who are the Real Beneficiaries of VET/TVET Now and Into the Future?

By Wendy Perry | December 23, 2022

The beneficiaries of Vocational Education and Training (VET) or Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) are diverse and can include: Individuals: VET/TVET provides individuals with practical skills and knowledge that prepare them for the workforce.  This can help to increase employability, earning potential, learning and career prospects.  Individuals can benefit from VET/TVET regardless of […]

Fostering a collaborative, diverse and inclusive entrepreneurial community – understanding development needs of entrepreneurs with opportunities for TAFEs and VET

By Wendy Perry | November 16, 2022

TDA Convention 2022 Presentation 16.11.22 by Wendy Perry Welcome to Radelaide and there is so much on as this week is Global Entrepreneurship Week and Startup Week in South Australia. Now, can you imagine doing a learning needs analysis over years with thousands of clients or students? And when you are dealing with entrepreneurs and […]

Why is Skills Development Important to a Country?

By Wendy Perry | October 23, 2022

Skills development is important to a country for several reasons: Economic growth: A skilled workforce is essential for a country’s economic growth.  As industries evolve and new technologies emerge, workers need to have the skills and knowledge to adapt and remain competitive in the global marketplace. This can drive innovation, increase productivity, entrepreneurship and create […]

How Can Australia’s VET System Be Simplified and Streamlined?

By Wendy Perry | September 16, 2022

Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) system is indeed complex and complicated, with a multitude of providers, qualifications, and funding arrangements. However, there are several ways to simplify and streamline the VET system: Reduce the number of qualifications: The current VET system has numerous qualifications, which can be confusing for both students and employers.  Streamlining […]

Staying Grounded and Bangladesh Delegation

By Wendy Perry | August 3, 2022

Good morning Writing this email whilst on a plane travelling to somewhere a bit warmer than Adelaide. Reflecting on the past month we realised that, even while having a break, the experience Scott and I had this morning had some similarities to our working life. With much to get done, up late packing and completing […]

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