like trying to breed kangaroos on top of the Swiss Alps

There is a handful of Australian watch brands, but only one with a claim to producing their own components in-house. Since 2016 – and based on trial and error, given the intense secrecy of their international watchmaking peers – Nicholas Hacko Watchmaker has been developing its in-house manufacturing capabilities. It has invested around $4 million…

Companies urged to do more to help create a digital workforce

Australia’s National Centre for Vocational Educational Research (NCVER) has urged employers to do more to prepare for a digital future of work. In a report, Skilling the Australian workforce for the digital economy, NCVER found preparedness for a digital future was highly varied between workplaces. NCVER managing director, Simon Walker said: “This new report focuses…

Top countries for attracting international workers – inforgraphic

Australia has always relied on immigration to satisfy much of its requirement for highly skilled staff. In recent years in Australia, for example, half of all new engineers joining the workforce have come from overseas – we just don’t train enough. But it is not just companies, but nations that are in a global competition…

Apprenticeships continue their freefall

Australia’s apprenticeship system continued its freefall in 2018, with bad news in all important statistics reported in the latest National Apprentice and Trainee statistics. The National Centre for Vocational and Educational Research (NCVER) reported that the number of apprentices in training as at 30 September, 2018 had fallen 0.6 per cent form the previous year…

Why AI won’t be taking your job

A very normal reaction to new technologies and work, is to think that the latest machines are going to ‘take my job’. While technology has typically created more jobs than it has destroyed, people still think things are ‘different’ this time around. There is no doubt that artificial intelligence (AI) will be a transformative force…