The Pillar met on 10 February, 10.00 am via Zoom.
New Member Introductions
The Chair welcomed all members including the G21 CEO Giulia Baggio and all newly appointed Councillors attending the meeting.
The Chair recommended that the following themes developed in 2017 be revisited to set the strategic direction for 2021:
- Education Attainment and lifelong learning
- Building capability in emerging industries
- Inspiring a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship
- Re-engaging and supporting pathways to employment.
It was also proposed that the role of the Pillar be reviewed and a focus be placed on two key projects – the Geelong Region Learning Strategy and the Geelong Secondary Schools and Community (GSSC) Digital Learning Hub.
Reports and G21 Update
Giulia Baggio, G21 GEO stated that all Pillar groups provide credibility to government and industry. In 2021 a refresh of the G21 strategies, priorities and role of Pillar groups will occur. It was suggested that Pillars interact together such as the Economic Development Pillar particularly where synergies exist.
Skilling the Bay
Carley Brennan, Manager, Skilling the Bay, provided a brief overview of the 2021 Skilling the Bay priorities and strategic directions. Two years of funding has been secured to continue work completed by the Skilling the Bay. It was suggested that all members reference the 2020 Future Skills for Victoria Driving collaboration and innovation in post-secondary education and training report – Jenny Macklin. This report contains a number of key recommendations that will drive reforms post-secondary education and training sectors.
Cr Gary Allen, Surf Coast Shire recommended that the Pillar place a focus on Early Childhood development. Cr Jim Mason, City of Greater Geelong suggested that a focus is also required on transferable skills across job categories.
Keith Ballie, G21 Board Liaison recommended that Standing Items be incorporated as future Agenda items so issues can be raised with Board.