The past 20 months since I last wrote have been a whirlpool of challenge both for myself and for the industry. On a personal level, my family and I have suffered a number of challenges and the loss of a family member. In RTO Land, we in Victoria have been particularly challenged by a State regulatory system that wishes to remain separate from the national regulators and a State government that thinks that it can single handedly remodel TAFE. It is refreshing therefore, to attend a National conference, 'The Future of Work', presented by our new Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency and Industry Skills Councils. Highlights from Day one included presentations by Mark Bouris on The economic outlook of Australia, a critical analysis of the economic position of Australia in the world economy, referenced against yesterday's RBA announcement of a further .25 basis point cut to intest rates, Phil Ruthven's analysis of workforce statistics and trends and Lynda Gratton's discourse 'The future of work is already here'.
With these stimulating presentations as background, I'm keen to see what the second day holds.