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WPC Group Farewell Director Chris Ingram

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 16:58 Published in Latest WPC Group News

WPC Group Directors and staff honored and farewelled retiring Director Chris Ingram and wife Marion at lunch on Tuesday 30th of May.

Chris started his journey with us 25 years ago with his appointment as a Commissioner to the Western Region Commission. He came to the Commission as the representative of the Shire of Bacchus Marsh where he was a longstanding Councilor and former Shire President.

Chris has always been a dedicated community worker with his range of services spanning local government, church life and politics.

WPC Group Chairman Frederick Maddern said “Australia is a better place because of Chris’s vision, insight and personal commitment to the youth of this country.”

WPC Group thank Chris Ingram for contributing to our achievements, noting many young people have been assisted through his efforts, and we wish him all the best upon his retirement.

By Katie Stow

If you have just started, or have just applied for Uni, LOOK AWAY NOW!  The following stats have the potential to give you major regret.
A new report from Skilling Australia Foundation may have just proved that the highest-paid graduates are not bankers, doctors or lawyers.

They are actually, TAFE students.

Take a minute. Let that soak in.

For the official dollary doo figures of the median full-time wages of grads from Uni an TAFE, look at this ~sik~ graphic:

According to Nicholas Wyman (the CEO of Skilling Australia Foundation), “The report shows there is currently an array of respectable, well-compensated, upwardly mobile careers that don’t require a university education.”

Basically, TAFE students are smashing through their courses quicker and working in jobs that don’t demand that University degree tick-in-the-box.

One prime example is if you study a Certificate IV in Hazardous Areas–Electrical at TAFE you will earn the best median starting salary that Australia has to offer – a whopping $85,400.

However, there is a small silver-lining for Uni students. They have the potential to earn the second-best starting salary IF they study dentistry
at University, as that can rake in $80,000.

Buuuut, if you aren’t dreaming of being a dentist then you should know that employment rates are not looking good for Uni grads. In fact the report revealed that “Between 2008 and 2015, the proportion of bachelor degree graduates in full-time employment fell from 86 to 69 percent – compared to 78 percent of vocational training graduates.”

Uh oh.

Professor Julian Teicher, from Central Queensland University, told The New Daily that there is an “excessive preoccupation” with degrees and that “people who are educators very often have little experience of the world” meaning they can e a bit crap at teaching you “useful skills”.

Don’t want to alarm you Jules, but I think you may have just insulted yourself!

He did try to claw the chat back by saying, “University was not created as an employment mechanism. It was about education, and education is in some sense a marker of a civilised society. It produces great art, it produces people who are critical and ethical. All of those things.”

Though we like this statement in theory, there is one major flaw… Incoming truth bomb people.


The vocational education and training (VET) sector is the key to future proofing Australia’s economy, says Nicholas Wyman, CEO of the not-for-profit Skilling Australia Foundation. “Political and business leaders often bemoan Australia’s perennial social and economic problems, but it is clear the VET sector can play a significant role in resolving them,” he said on the cusp of the release of a report, Perceptions Are Not Reality: myths, realities & the critical role of vocational education & training in Australia. The Skilling Australia

Foundation and McCrindle Research produced the report with funding support from Citi Australia. The report tackles myths about the VET sector, which is often considered the “poor cousin” of universities. “Australia’s VET sector, far from preparing students for low-skilled, low-paid or low-future work, produces highly skilled graduates with remuneration and employment outcomes comparable to – and sometimes surpassing – those of university graduates,” says Wyman. “The report shows there is currently an array of respectable, well-compensated, upwardly mobile careers that don't require a university education. These jobs exist in progressive, fast-growth industries, such as healthcare, bio-tech and cyber security, agriculture, information technology and service industries, such as tourism and hospitality. Unfortunately, vocational study has a history of being seen as less respectable than attending university. This must change.”  “The VET sector is well-known for partnering with industry and government to equip people, particularly younger people, with workplace specific skills and knowledge which aim to meet current and future employment demands,” he says. In the report, Wyman calls on Australia to raise

the status of skilled education, address youth unemployment and disengagement and to ensure people graduate from our educational institutions with real-world workplace skills. “These are three practical ways Australia can skill up to meet the demands of a vibrant, innovative 21st-century economy.” And with the announcement of the Skilling Australians Fund, the recent Federal Government Budget appears to back this push for vocational education with $1.5 billion to be spent over the next four years on trainees and apprentices. The aim is to help train 300,000 Australian workers so they can replace skilled foreign workers in high-demand jobs. Businesses who employ skilled migrants will pay a new levy, which is expected to raise most of the funds. Wyman says: “No two people are the same, nor will they travel the same path. We all have different learning styles, interests and talents. With skills-based career development, young Australians can pursue an individual passion while gaining the knowledge and experience to build a rewarding career.”

Download a copy here: https://www.saf.org.au/perceptionsarenotreality


18th–20th July 2017, Circular Quay, Sydney

In recent years we have seen a trend in growing numbers of young people dropping out of school, university and vocational education which has cast questions over the quality of careers advice delivered at schools. Young Australians face many new challenges; we are living in a time of unprecedented change, a time of cross-industry digital disruption, the influence of global competition on the local employment market from overseas graduates means more than ever before there is a constant need for young job-seekers to up-skill, and to develop enterprise skills simply to remain competitive.
Developed together with cross sector industry, education and youth engagement advocates, Akolade’s 3rd Annual Future of Youth Employment Forum provides attendees with effective strategies, frameworks and execution plans on successful solutions and tactics to effectively combat Australia's extremely concerning youth unemployment challenge. The forum focusses on a ‘how to’ approach to engage, prepare and support young Australians into work through meaningful and sustainable pathways to employment.

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