The Pillar met on April 28 2021 10.00am – 11.30am via zoom
The Chair reported:
- The Victorian government plans to bring international students back into the state as soon as possible to aid the economic recovery of the state and nation. The planned scheme will see 120 people including foreign students, actors and film crew, and those travelling into the country for business entering the country each week on top of its quota of returning Australians.
- A brief overview of the outcomes of the G21 Pillar Chairs, Deputies and Board Liaison Members Workshop that was held April 22 2021. This Workshop examined and discussed ways in which to refresh the G21 agenda, G21 priorities, Pillar structures and cross collaboration.
Reports and G21 Update
Giulia Baggio, G21 GEO stated that the Pillar Workshop was very successful and provided a number of ideas that encouraged cross Pillar collaboration, industry and private sector involvement and a stronger connection with the Board. More detailed feedback will be provided once the group meet again late in May.
Councillors, Jim Mason, Gary Allen and Belinda Moloney provided a brief overview of the priorities and directions that will be occurring in their respective Portfolios during 2021. Some of the key priorities and focus will be on Aboriginal Affairs, pathways to employment, employment gaps, social and equity issues, housing crisis and the allocation of $50K to conduct a study on the COVID- 19 impact on young people.
Keith Baillie, G21 Board Liaison indicated that Pillar meetings provided an opportunity to create priorities for the Board discussion. It was encouraged that 1 – 3 priority items be identified over the next few meetings for discussion in Canberra in late August. Richard Marles, the Shadow Minister for Small Business is seeking education in all areas associated with employment.
Re-engaging and supporting pathways to employment
Maree Herath, Director Harvest Recruitment provided an update on the development of a micro credentials series that will build and enhance Digital Capability. A Project Steering Committee has been formed comprising representatives from GRLLEN, Gforce, Skilling the Bay, RDA, Department of Education and others. Research is underway to establish where digital deficiencies exist in areas such as education facilities, corporates and businesses. Two think tanks will be conducted over the next two weeks.
Regional Skills Strategy
Carley Brennan, Manager, Skilling the Bay and Chair, Jamie Mustard presented an overview of the Regional Skills Strategy. The Strategy has been developed based on information from numerous scoping studies such as the 2019 G21 Learning Strategy – ‘All Steamed Up’ scoping study, 2020 Skilling the Bay – Education and Workforce Profile Report and the 2020 Committee for Geelong – Future of Work Forum. The aim of the Regional Skills Strategy is to lead an education and skills response to support social and economic recovery in the Geelong region. There are five strategic areas of focus including COVID recovery, building an eco- system, meeting needs of industry and students, supporting educators to adapt and change.