Hand-clapping to learn and play

As anticipation builds towards our latest event, Operation Delightful – Setting the Scene for Positive Behaviour, we are taking a beat (so to speak) to talk music, kids, education, and clapping. It is no surprise that the ideal person to enlighten us on their wonderful relationship is legendary blues singer and music facilitator, Lil’ Fi. …

Will 2016 be the year you make a difference in your workplace?

The stars of opportunity are aligning, so to speak… and if that’s what you’ve been waiting for, now is the time to see what’s new in the Solar System of Vocational Education and Training (VET), and how your workplace and workforce could directly benefit. Training Packages The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) endorsed the CHC …

Registrations now open for the ACECQA National Workshops in Queensland

You are invited to a workshop focussing on Agency of the Child. The interactive workshop will be led by ACECQA’s National Education Leader in partnership with the Department of Education and Training and the Health and Community Services Workforce Council. The 2.5 hour workshop will explore strategies to support children’s agency with a focus on …

Nurturing Your Child’s Inner World: 5 Tips on How to Engage in Expressive Play and Communicate Effectively with Children

Children are naturally creative and sensory beings, and during particular times of their development, their brains go through phases of being more non-verbal and intuitive, than language-based and logical. For example, children aged 6 to 9 experience more neural growth and activity in the right hemisphere of their brain, which means that during this period, …

Strengthening the Child Protection and Family Support Sector Workforce in Queensland

Strengthening the Child Protection and Family Support Sector Workforce in Queensland The Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) welcomes the release of the Queensland Family and Child Commission’s (QFCC) draft strategy: Strengthening the Sector: A strategy for working together for a more sustainable service system across the child protection and family support sector. …

Sustainability in Action – An Outback Bus Tour

Join Workforce Council, Professional Support Coordinator in partnership with Queensland Early Childhood Sustainability Network (QECSN) and Nature Play Queensland in a truly unique and exciting opportunity. Over 3 days we will be acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land that we pass across and will be welcomed on to Kalkadoon Country by Traditional Owners. We will explore early childhood education in …

Celebrating Successes of Vocational Education and Training Initiatives in Health and Community Services

2015, Year of Success! Celebrating Successes of Vocational Education and Training Initiatives in Health and Community Services The Health Sector VET Engagement Working Party (HSVEWP) formed in January 2015 with a few enthusiastic individuals coming together to talk about ‘what we could do’ to strengthen and promote pathways and opportunities for individuals and employers alike, …

Celebrating Educators Conference – Back to the Heart

Celebrating Educators Conference – Back to the Heart 2016 is shaping up to be a very exciting year, the Workforce Council have again partnered with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) to bring you another amazing Celebrating Educators Conference. Following on from five very successful Celebrating Educators Conferences from 2011 to 2015, the planning committee …

Planning a strong, inclusive workforce: Blue Care Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Workforce Strategy

Last month, we marked the Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and reflected on the steps we can all take to learn, respect and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. One very tangible and significant action is to create workplaces that attract, support and develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait …

A Triumph of People Power

The People Powered Communities Forum hosted by the Workforce Council in Cairns on 6th and 7th of August was by all accounts a great success, and provided an opportunity for local stakeholders to come together and discuss participatory planning approaches for the future of the Health and Community Services. The event had been planned to …

Budget Boost for QLD’s health and community services

The Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) has welcomed Tuesday’s Queensland budget announcement of a strong commitment to investment in jobs, health and education in Queensland. The 2015-16 budget will see the injection of $1.6 billion for the Working Queensland jobs plan, that will help to promote job growth and investment through key …

Praxis Makes Perfect – Register Now

The professional development and growth of education and care professionals will be the focus of the ‘Praxis Makes Perfect: Perspectives on Pedagogy’ conference on Saturday 1st of August, 2015. Presented by The Workforce Council, this exciting one-day conference is an ideal, targeted learning experience for the Education and Care sector. It will challenge assumptions, incite …

Support for Long Daycare in the Long Run

The Workforce Council is renewing its commitment to meeting the needs of the Long Day Care (LDC) sector in the wake of the latest Federal Budget announcements. They are reminding the Education and Care sector that, regardless of the funding announcements, they will continue to provide superior quality practice and leadership development, inclusive practice development …

Registrations now open for the ACECQA National Workshops in Queensland

ACECQA, in partnership with the Department of Education and Training and the Health and Community Services Workforce Council will be presenting 14 workshops across Queensland focusing on Quality Area 1: Educational program and practice. The workshops are practical, hands-on sessions presented by ACECQA’s National Education Leader, Rhonda Livingstone, Professional Support Coordinator (PSC) for Queensland Consultants and regulatory authority …

Leading the future of children’s services

The Workforce Council is working with industry leaders to offer opportunities for early childhood educators and children’s services professionals to come together for thinking, exchanging ideas and enacting leadership in current issues relating to young children and their care and education. This Masterclass Series is blends expert input with engaging and interactive discussion and debate …

Special event to offer recruitment & retention insights

The Workforce Council is presenting a special event designed to help employers in the health and community services industry achieve the growth required to meet future service delivery. The Council’s Recruitment and Retention Strategies session in May is being run in partnership with Windsor Recruitment and will cover all levels of recruitment including traineeships, entry level, management and executive roles. “We’ll …

Post State Election Statement 2015

Working together essential for future of Health and Community Services The Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) welcomes the announcement of the newly elected Queensland Government and looks forward to working together towards our goal of building a sustainable and skilled health and community services workforce. The Workforce Council is encouraged to see …

Sunshine Coast students get set for careers in health

An exciting opportunity is now available for Sunshine Coast Year 11 students to study health while still at school. The Basic Health Care School to Work program is the result of a collaboration between local health and community service providers, The Workforce Council and Department of Education, Training and Employment – Training Queensland, North Coast. …

Thanks for everything Townsville.

  The Workforce Council was in Townsville this week for the Annual Regional Skills and Workforce Development forum, networking event and Industry Reference Group meeting.  This is a quick note to thank everyone that came from all around and participated in the various components across the two days! Great insights were gained from the tremendous knowledge …

Meet your new look Workforce Council

The Workforce Council has had a make-over. Like many of you, the Workforce Council has been working on our strategy for the future.  We are committed to supporting the delivery of health and community services across Queensland through a range of services that support effective workforce planning and development across the industry. This is work …

3 steps to finding the right professional development

Finding the right professional development at the right time just got insanely easy. The Workforce Council has just gone digital with our event calendar which will be regularly updated with new events. Before too long you will be able to see six months of professional development opportunities and plan your time well ahead. Here are …

NAIDOC week 6-13 July. Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’ and commemorates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples Every year the event holds the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony and Ball which will take place on the Gold Coast in 2014. Various NAIDOC celebrations will take place throughout the …

Your Guide to the 2014-15 Annual VET Investment Plan

Get the scoop here on what the Queensland Government’s 2014-15 Annual VET Investment Plan holds, and what it means for you and the Health and Community Services Industry. The Investment Plan outlines the areas of the government’s $615 million investment in training through identified priority areas and highlights opportunities for strategic industry partnerships. As more …

6 reasons to plan your workforce with the Workforce Council

Be proactive about creating your future workforce – know where they’re coming from and how to best target your attraction, training and development efforts and investment Access a tried and tested workforce planning framework that has been designed and built by our industry for our industry Be guided through the steps and activities of our …