The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-01-06T23:38:39Z EC-Council Partners with Schollege the South Australian eLearning Startup 2021-01-06T23:38:39Z ec-council-partners-with-schollege-the-south-australian-elearning-startup Schollege, the new South Australian eLearning Startup has partnered with EC-Council, the world’s leading information security certification body. Schollege will provide EC-Council’s online training programs through its platform. Students will enroll in Schollege and receive their credentials to access the EC-Council’s programs with the best market prices. Since the launch of its flagship program, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), which created the ethical hacking industry in 2002, EC-Council has added industry-leading programs to its portfolio to cover all aspects of information security. Including Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO), among others. COVID-19 has and will continue to change the world, affecting all industries. The global lockdown of institutions, corporations, and government offices has caused major interruptions, pushing organisations worldwide to move online, and embrace the remote working concept. There is currently a massive demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals to help organisations and government institutions defend their IT infrastructure and build a robust cyber defence. Schollege is a new Australian self–paced education platform featuring discount priced online courses from top education providers, with the option of Free Interest Monthly Installment Plans. Schollege is proud to be a training partner of EC-Council in Australia offering the following certifications: Certified Ethical Hacker Certified Penetration Testing Professional Certified Applications Security Engineer. Certified Blockchain Professional Certified Chief Information Security Officer Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator Certified Network Defender Certified Security Analyst Certified Threat Intelligence Analyst EC-Council Certified Encryption Specialist EC-Council Certified Incident Handler EC-Council Certified Security Specialist EC-Council Disaster Recovery Professional Plus EC-Council’s CodeRed subscription-based learning platform for busy cyber professionals and short introduction courses on Ethical Hacking Fundamentals, Network Security Fundamentals and Cyber Forensics Fundamentals. “EC-Council partnership supports our mission in setting work-based education at the forefront of Australia and the world’s Skills Development,” says Kareem Mostafa, Schollege’s Founder. Wissen led the partnership agreement, to bring EC-Council cybersecurity certifications to the students at Schollege. The partnership will benefit the students by earning specialised cybersecurity skills on discounted prices which eventually will help acquire leading positions in the growing cybersecurity industry. About EC-Council EC-Council has been the world’s leading information security certification body since the launch of its flagship program, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), which created the ethical hacking industry in 2002. Since the launch of CEH, EC-Council has added industry-leading programs to their portfolio to cover all aspects of information security including EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO), among others. About Wissen Wissen is the exclusive distributor and sole representative of EC-Council, being known as the cybersecurity competency development arm. More than 80 EC-Council academia and accredited training partners across Singapore and Asia Pacific such as Australia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam are managed by Wissen. Wissen also works in collaboration with government and local associations to proliferate EC-Council’s cybersecurity courses. About Schollege Set to be the training & certification outlet! Schollege’s mission is to set work-based education at the forefront of the world’s Skills development, making quality education more accessible and improving lives through eLearning. Schollege is an eLearning certification and training platform, offering a friendly learning environment with high-quality courses. Focusing on empowering courses attendees by providing the necessary information and knowledge to help reach their goals. With a uniquely efficient and straightforward approach, Students can start applying their newly acquired skills after as soon as they finish their online courses. Schollege is an online learning and teaching marketplace, which means Instructors can create, deliver and sell their online courses through Schollege’s eLearning platform. No subscription fees, unlimited courses and an unlimited number of learners with limitless opportunities. PADI IDC on Australia's Sunshine Coast 2020-12-23T22:17:03Z padi-idc-on-australia-s-sunshine-coast Dive Instructor Academy now offers PADI Instructor Development Courses in Port Douglas, Cairns and the Sunshine Coast. Sunreef, the award winning dive company operating from Mooloolaba on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, has joined forces with PADI Course Director Kai Steinbeck to bring PADI Instructor Development Courses and Instructor Exams to the Sunshine Coast. Not only will the PADI IDC program be conducted at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, but PADI has scheduled PADI Instructor Examinations for the Sunshine Coast as well. Kai, originally from Germany, began his diving career at a young age in the Caribbean and has been a PADI member for over 25 years working as a PADI professional in Costa Rica, Mexico, Indonesia and Australia. As a Course Director, Kai is the founder of Dive Instructor Academy and has successfully run Instructor Development Courses in Cairns, Port Douglas and Indonesia. Kai’s extensive knowledge of the dive industry is what sets him apart from the rest. As a PADI professional for over 25 years with a business degree, a skippers qualification (master class 5), fluent in three languages and having worked for some of the worlds largest dive companies as dive instructor, course director, operations manager and marketing manager, Kai brings more than just diving to the program and prepares you for the real world. The PADI IDC program offered is far more involved than the minimum standards required with extra training days to ensure candidates are well prepared. In order to start the Instructor programs off to a great start we spend the first day diving on the incredible HMAS Brisbane. Sunreef is one of the few dive operators who have access to this incredible wreck which was sunk in 2005. The Ex-HMAS Brisbane is one of the world's best wreck sites, and this decommissioned guided missile destroyer that now serves as a lively artificial reef is located just 2.9 nautical miles off the Sunshine Coast. What’s included above and beyond the normal IDC: ·       PADI Instructor exam pass guarantee ·       Nitrox instructor specialty rating* ·       Introduction to free diving ·       Marine life knowledge course ·       Ocean conservation donation ·       Ongoing support Whilst the training is extremely thorough and we are very confident that each candidate is ready for the Instructor exam, anyone could have a bad day. For that reason, the IDC program includes an Instructor exam pass guarantee. This means that if a candidate fails the IE, we will pay for the second IE fee. Being fluent in English, Spanish and German, Kai will be able to offer Instructor Development programs with language assistance for those that require it.  Kai’s vision is to offer access to more training above the required PADI curriculum and develop a full suite of Dive Centre Management modules, which will be second to none in the dive industry and will include sales training, marine life knowledge, compressor understanding, reservations, pricing of stock and more. Sunreef is a leader in diver training and we have big plans for the GO PRO program to develop it to the highest standard. We see instructors trained by Sunreef to be dive professionals being sought after and capable of working in any environment. For more information on the Dive Instructor Academy IDC programs visit our website https://www.diveinstructor.com.au or email Kai Steinbeck direct on kai@diveinstructor.com.au For more information on diving the HMAS Brisbane with Sunreef from Mooloolaba or all dive courses, whale watching and other activities visit the website at www.sunreef.com.au For email enquires on any dive trips please contact us at dive@sunreef.com.au DDLS introduces new online learning platform to help organisations upskill staff in high-demand areas 2020-12-09T23:52:15Z ddls-introduces-new-online-learning-platform-to-help-organisations-upskill-staff-in-high-demand-areas DDLS, Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training, today announced the introduction of DDLS Plus, an exclusive online learning platform that includes expertly curated content, virtual learning labs, industry insights, and online access to expert instructors. The new online platform is designed to supplement DDLS’ premium face-to-face learning experience (delivered virtually and in-person), and enables students to build on what they learn in the classroom for at least 12 months after they complete their DDLS course. It gives students the autonomy to undertake additional study from home, boost learning outcomes and fill any knowledge gaps at their own pace. It also provides students with valuable skills to help them prepare for future courses and certifications. “Typically, students approach DDLS for IT technical training courses which run for between 3-5 days, and on many occasions, these students might only return to complete more training 6-12 months later. With technology evolving at such a rapid rate, and with so many organisations now being forced to fast-track their digital transformation journeys, IT skills training needs to be at the fingertips of employees 24-7,” said Jon Lang, CEO of DDLS. “Learning is a lifelong process, and should be continuous and on-demand. DDLS Plus provides us with a new medium to bring this continuous learning mantra to life, and provides customers with the best of both instructor-led training along with the flexibility of online learning. It’s another step towards our commitment to help organisations fill critical ICT skills gaps, while enabling students to expand on their career potential,” added Lang. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed organisations’ attitudes to digital learning, resulting in an increased openness and willingness to invest in digital learning platforms. With many organisations given no choice but to adopt digital learning over traditional classroom training, DDLS has seen a significant increase in preference for blended learning (a mix of online and classroom training). DDLS’ 2020 customer survey revealed that organisations’ preference for blended training models increased from 28% to 54% between March and June 2020 alone[1]. Unlike other online learning platforms that simply provide students with a bundle of course content, DDLS Plus utilises a team of industry-leading technical instructors, who are highly involved in content curation, ensuring only the best and most relevant content is included in each course area. These expert trainers will also be available to directly engage with students via the platform in upcoming releases. Furthermore, the content is tailored specifically to the learning needs of the student and their organisation. For example, if an employee has just undertaken a course in Microsoft Azure, they will be provided with relevant cloud computing courses to build on what they have just learnt, ensuring organisations are realising the full potential of their training investment. The platform is initially offering course content in three key areas of ICT: Cloud Computing, IT Service Management & DevOps, and Cybersecurity. These areas were identified as the most in-demand training areas for organisations in DDLS’ 2020 Customer Survey. As part of a special launch offer, any student who books a training course during December or January in any of the key areas above will have the opportunity to access DDLS Plus for free for 12 months post course completion – a subscription normally valued at $495. “We received several requests from students on further learning opportunities even after completion of their classroom or virtual training courses to help them transition between certifications. With the introduction of DDLS Plus, students can now continue learning long after their course is completed and make the most out of their investment,” added Lang. In DDLS’ 2020 Customer Survey, 56% of organisations surveyed stated that their employees attended at least three or more courses in the past 12 months, and 76% stated they were likely to send their employees to another course in the next 12 months, highlighting the need for continuous learning. Key features of the DDLS Plus platform include: Online Content: Online video content, e-learning modules, e-books and audiobooks, along with personal development pathways to more advanced DDLS courses. Access to instructors: DDLS’ leading instructors will be available online in small group settings to answer questions and advance students’ learning beyond the classroom. Virtual learning labs: Simulations and labs to help students practise their learning in real world scenarios. Exam preparation: Preparatory materials for courses and exams, and information on certification pathways. Industry Insights: Current news feeds and insights curated by the course leader, along with job postings in various fields. Online access: Easy online access via computer or mobile device, and content downloads for offline For more information on DDLS Plus, visit https://training.ddls.com.au/ddls-plus/. About DDLS DDLS is Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training and Australia’s number one cybersecurity training provider. We partner with world-class companies to help organisations and individuals in the IT industry remain up-to-date with new processes, technology and platforms to reduce risk and enable efficient business practices. DDLS promotes a balanced approach to training with a focus on the key areas of Technology, Process and People. We provide extensive training options tailored to your organisation’s needs – from vendor-certified courses to customised training, including bespoke in-house developed courses. DDLS has invested more than $780,000 in providing free training initiatives for Australians over the past six months. This includes training across popular cloud services to help alleviate ICT skills shortage and assist Australian IT professionals in taking advantage of high-growth areas such as cloud computing. [1] Staying Ahead of the Technology Curve: DDLS Customer Survey 2020 New CEO takes the reins at AIS 2020-12-06T23:07:03Z new-ceo-takes-the-reins-at-ais-2 New CEO takes the reins at Australian Industry Standards Key points ·        Australian Industry Standards welcomes Paul Walsh as its new CEO. ·        Paul’s focus for AIS is to build on its strong legacy of skilling Australia’s workforce, through well informed, innovative and targeted skills solutions to support life-long learning. ·        Paul has a strong foundation of knowledge from business operations, international workforce development and leading organisational change. Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is delighted to welcome Paul Walsh as its new CEO. Paul has been a key member of the AIS executive and leadership team over the past 8 years including 4 years as its Chief Operating Officer. He has distinguished himself as an energetic and visionary leader and brings with him a comprehensive knowledge of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system and policy. Announcing the appointment, AIS Board Chair Laurie D’Apice said “Paul is ideally placed to take over the responsibility and see the organisation forward on its journey as a leading skills service provider to support industry with its workforce development needs and the Australian economy more broadly. Paul has a strong focus and proven ability in building connections across a range of key industries and stakeholders to support skills development and to contribute positively to Australia’s workforce capability.’  “Paul’s strong track record of accomplishments includes his work on the international stage, most notably in the Pacific Alliance, APEC and IORA regions, where he has supported skills development and promoted the Australian VET system. Paul’s diverse background, including over 30 years in the transport industry from operational roles to company owner, also brings a strong understanding of business needs.”  “I am honored and looking forward to leading AIS as it takes on its next journey to support Australia’s training needs post COVID-19. I am focused on further building our expertise and strong industry connections to deliver innovative approaches to support the workforce of the future’, said Paul Walsh. “The team at AIS is committed to making a real difference to people’s lives and supporting the life-long learning continuum. I will continue to set a high bar to ensure we deliver our vision to skill Australia’s workforce, for better lives and a sustainable and prosperous nation.” The AIS Board extends its thanks to former CEO Robert Adams for his many achievements during his long tenure with the business and wishes him all the best in his retirement.   About AIS AIS is an independent, not-for-profit Skills Service Organisation supporting industry and government to solve the emerging and future skills challenges facing Australia’s businesses. AIS is focused on future skilling Australia’s workforce. Working in partnership with industry, the vocational education and training sector and government, it aims to further Australia’s prosperity and competitiveness through life-long learning of Australians. AIS works under the leadership of 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) representing the aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, energy, water and utilities, public safety, police, fire, defence and corrections sectors. Together these industries keep Australia productive, powered and secure.   AIS transforms careers through the power of skills and draws on its world-class, in-house technical expertise – built over more than 20 years – and extensive industry networks throughout Australia, to deliver solutions for industry. It undertakes research and data analysis to inform intelligence modelling; develop priority training package products, as well as skills and workforce development solutions – nationally and across the globe. Visit our Website for more information Home - Australian Industry Standards     Biography – Paul Walsh Paul Walsh is the Chief Executive Officer of Australian Industry Standards (AIS). He has been a member of the AIS executive and leadership team since 2012, previously leading its operations and overseeing the newly established AIS Global business unit. He previously held positions in transport and logistics industry operations both as an employee and as a company owner amassing more than 30 years of experience.  Paul was instrumental in seeing AIS expand its portfolio in 2016 to 11 industry sectors and establishing new working arrangements for Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) for the respective training package development. He oversaw the management of these IRCs, while also providing strategic advice to government on ongoing improvement measures for the Australian VET system. Paul has built strong enduring relationships with key industry stakeholders – from grass-root enterprises to the bigger end of business, regulators and representatives of Federal and State Governments. Paul has extensive experience in International Skills Capability Building Projects involving the establishment of skills recognition frameworks and enabling infrastructure needs across APEC, IORA and Pacific Alliance regions. These frameworks have been developed with a strong focus on developing current and future skills through industry engagement.         Holding Redlich named Employer of Choice for second consecutive year 2020-12-02T02:42:27Z holding-redlich-named-employer-of-choice-for-second-consecutive-year St Leonards, NSW (2 December 2020) – For a second consecutive year, national law firm Holding Redlich has been recognised in Australasian Lawyer's annual Employer of Choice rankings. This prestigious list spotlights the 25 best legal workplaces in Australia. “The competition for attracting and retaining top talent is high, making it imperative for law firms to establish key initiatives that will receive industry and community-wide recognition,” says the Australasian Lawyer team. “With 2020 proving to be a catalyst for change and accelerated transformation for workplaces, this year’s winners have demonstrated commitment to engaging and empowering their employees to do well at work, in their careers, and their lives.” Holding Redlich boasts an open, caring, and supportive work environment where its people engage in stimulating, challenging legal work and get access to a broad range of genuine professional support. Early this year, Holding Redlich was awarded its 12th Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in recognition of its work in providing a safe and flexible working environment that celebrates a diverse and inclusive culture. Initiatives at the firm include family care programs to support new and working parents or those living with their elderly parent or relative; flexible working across all levels in the firm; and the creation of a new diversity and inclusion committee. To view the full online report and to find out more about Holding Redlich, click HERE. -ENDS- Australasian Lawyer is the leading independent publication for the legal industry in Australia and New Zealand. Chosen by senior legal professionals for its unrivalled legal editorial expertise, it is widely read by managing partners, partners, lawyers, in-house counsel and business leaders. Australasian Lawyer concentrates on the real issues and challenges facing today’s legal professional and the industry, with in-depth features and analysis of what really matters. Australasian Lawyer also features high-level case studies, international and local profiles, interviews with domestic and international industry leaders as well as leading news makers in the field. Australasian Lawyer is published by independent media company Key Media. In conjunction with the print and online publications, Key Media also produces several legal industry events including the Australasian Law Awards and masterclasses to assist legal practitioners with their professional development. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at www.keymedia.com. AIICT announces new Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking) 2020-11-29T22:38:53Z aiict-announces-new-certificate-iv-in-information-technology-networking The Australian Institute of ICT (AIICT) has today announced a new Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking). AIICT is a start-up launched in 2019 by DDLS, one of Australia’s largest providers of corporate IT and cybersecurity training, and Microsoft Gold Learning Partner. The course is designed for individuals who aspire to work in ICT administrator or technician roles, or those currently in entry-level roles who want to formalise the experience and on-the-job skills they have developed. The certificate provides a solid base of knowledge to equip students for a broad range of roles within the ICT industry. The course covers some of the most in-demand ICT skills, such as networking and cyber security, which are an ideal starting point for any individual looking to enter the ICT industry. By achieving the certificate, students will become proficient in implementing information systems and software including Microsoft Windows Desktop Operating Systems, Microsoft Server Operating Systems and Virtualisation Platforms. “AIICT aims to provide the most contemporary, relevant, and future-focused skills for students to succeed. When the demand for skilled ICT professionals skyrocketed even further this year as organisations transitioned to remote working, AIICT wanted to address this shortage by providing more opportunities for organisations to upskill their staff”, said Jon Lang, CEO of AIICT. “If we are going to fix Australia’s critical skills shortages in ICT and encourage more professionals into the field, it is crucial that professionals have access to flexible, quality online training programs, which they can structure around their lives”, added Lang. Key learning outcomes of the course include: Develop strategies and apply critical thinking to work processes Install, manage and configure virtual environments Maintain the security and integrity of an organisation’s networks and system Create, maintain and troubleshoot networks for an organisation Identify and respond to cyber security threats and incidents Develop and action Cyber Security response plans The course is delivered online over the duration of 12 months, and contains 20 units structured into four major streams of learning, including ICT Essentials; Supporting Clients and Data; Networking and Security; and Cyber Security Incident Handling. Some of the specific career opportunities associated with the Certificate IV include Network Technicians, Help Desk Support members, Computer Network Professionals and Network Administrators. AIICT operates using a unique self-paced course schedule, which is not bound by the traditional academic structures of terms and semesters. The flexible learning options allow students to build an online learning schedule around their life, and start studying at any time that suits them. Download the full Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking) course guide here. - END - About AIICT The Australian Institute of ICT (AIICT) is a start-up launched by DDLS, Australia’s largest provider of vendor-certified cybersecurity and ICT training in Australia. Launched in 2019, AIICT was designed to provide those in the ICT and cybersecurity industries, or those looking to enter the industries with the most contemporary, relevant, and future-focused skills needed to succeed. As an operational division of DDLS, AIICT aims to provide online, self-paced, and nationally accredited cybersecurity and ICT training, leveraging the experience, skills and knowledge DDLS has accumulated as leaders in this industry for more than 30 years. The training is delivered via the Moodle LMS platform and leverages world renowned content from CompTIA, Skillsoft, Microsoft and LinkedIn Learning. About DDLS DDLS is Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training and Australia’s number one cybersecurity training provider. We partner with world-class companies to help organisations and individuals in the IT industry remain up-to-date with new processes, technology and platforms to reduce risk and enable efficient business practices. DDLS promotes a balanced approach to training with a focus on the key areas of Technology, Process and People. We provide extensive training options tailored to your organisation’s needs – from vendor-certified courses to customised training, including bespoke in-house developed courses. ADP wins CIPP International Payroll Service Provider award for the second year running 2020-11-25T23:11:55Z adp-wins-cipp-international-payroll-service-provider-award-for-the-second-year-running Melbourne, Australia – November 2020 – ADP, the Payroll & HR Software provider, has successfully defended its position as a market leader in global payroll services by once again winning the coveted and prestigious ‘International Payroll Service Provider of the Year’ at The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) Annual Excellence Awards 2020. The CIPP Excellence Awards are the longest running awards in the industry, currently in their 17th year. The awards recognise the payroll and pension professionals who have made an outstanding contribution and demonstrated commitment to excellence in the industry. ADP was up against strong competition but has won the award for the second year in a row - a testament to ADP’s strategy, products & service, but most importantly their people. The awards were judged on submissions which included testimonials from customers. ADP’s submission highlighted the positive impact ADP services were having on customers’ businesses as well as highlighting the strength of the working relationship they have with ADP. Jeff Phipps, UK Managing Director at ADP, commented: “ADP is proud to win the prestigious CIPP ‘International payroll service provider of the year’ Award which recognises and rewards the outstanding achievements within our industry. “The CIPP awards allow ADP to showcase our successes not only as a supplier, but as a true partner to our clients across the world. The award is a great way for us to recognise, celebrate and congratulate the thousands of payroll experts we have all over the world who strive to provide excellence on a daily basis. “ADP believes in putting customers are at the heart of everything we do and winning a CIPP Award is recognition of that belief.” Find more information on the CIPP Annual Excellence Awards 2020, visit here. To learn more about ADP, visit here. ENDS About ADP (NASDAQ: ADP) Designing better ways to work through cutting-edge products, premium services and exceptional experiences that enable people to reach their full potential.  HR, Talent, Time Management, Benefits and Payroll.  Informed by data and designed for people.  Learn more at au.ADP.com   ADP, the ADP logo, and Always Designing for People, are trademarks of ADP, Inc. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.   Copyright © 2020 ADP, Inc. All rights reserved. 80% of COVID-related Job Seekers Say It Is Taking More Than 4 Months To Find A New Job 2020-11-17T19:55:03Z 80-of-covid-related-job-seekers-say-it-is-taking-more-than-4-months-to-find-a-new-job Sydney, 18 November 2020: As millions of Australians face continued unemployment due to the COVID-19 crisis, not-for-profit job and mental health support initiative Project Displaced says up to 80% of its community are finding it is taking more than 4 months to find a new job, and half of those are finding it is taking more than 6 months. Independent research[1] commissioned by Project Displaced in October 2020 analysed social and quantitative feedback from more than 800 unemployed people who have used Project Displaced’s services. “We knew anecdotally that the events of 2020 were making people’s job searches more challenging than usual, and this research now substantiates that the journey to re-employment is not only longer than before COVID-19, but that is has far-reaching impacts on job seeker’ sense of confidence, their career hopes and aspirations,” says Project Displaced founder, Anthony Cohen. Anthony Cohen, himself a former Qantas employee, adds, “We now have people coming to Project Displaced from across Australia and from at least 54 different industries. The feedback we hear every day is the same no matter the location or industry.” Project Displaced is a non-profit organisation that supports displaced workers; offering free one-one-one and group classes that assist job seekers through the entire job search process, as well as specialised mental health first aid.  Since its inception in March, the largest groups of unemployed people seeking help from Project Displaced have come from those industries which have been hit hardest by COVID-19:  The airlines / aviation sector made up 45% of Project Displaced bookings, and 27% were from five distinct sectors (IT, Leisure / Travel, Marketing / Advertising / Sales, Events Services and Hospitality sectors).   Research summary points: Soundbite: It’s taking jobseekers nearly twice as long to get a job compared to before COVID-19.  Evidence:  ·      Before COVID-19, research estimated it took approximately 82 days (just under 3 months) to get a job.  ·      80% of our network / community say they have been looking for a role or managed to secure a role in over 4 months, but half of these are taking over 6 months to secure a role.  ·       On average, people are taking 5 months to secure a job or are still looking    2.    Soundbite: Deciding on a new career field is one of the hardest parts of jobseeking Evidence: ·      Knowing what you want to do next is one of the hardest parts of job seeking.  o   38% in poll said knowing what they want to do is the hardest parts of jobseeking ·      But a third of bookings of Project Displaced services have left the session with a clearer sense of their career direction  ·      Project Displaced also has a session designed especially to help those who aren’t sure where to start, and 60% of bookings for this service have left the session with a clearer sense of their career direction    3.    Soundbite: COVID-19 has changed the jobseeking landscape Evidence:  ·      Polls of our community suggest that COVID-19 has made it harder for people to achieve their career goals and their approach to finding a job is very different in 2020 than previously ·      Our clientele reflects those industries have been particularly affected by COVID. For example: o   People with airline / aviation backgrounds make up a quarter of our bookings o   Over half of Project Displaced bookings are by people who are unemployed, and most of these bookings are by people who have lost their job due to COVID-19 o   We also support those who are currently employed but on an uncertain basis, e.g. being on JobKeeper or working on a contract or casual basis    Soundbite: Mental Health First Aid is vital for jobseekers  Evidence:  ·      A poll of our community signalled that nearly half of respondents were most frustrated by the emotional draining nature of job hunting than other factors ·      At Project Displaced we tackle this head on by providing Mindset Coaching sessions and Mental Health First Aid support.  ·      We have particular interest in these courses by those who are unemployed and those in uncertain employment e.g. being on JobKeeper or working on a contract or casual basis “The out-take is that the emotional and financial toll that an extended job search is creating doesn’t only impact job seekers; it extends to their family, friends and extended networks. There needs to be more support in place to assist everyone in job search cycle, particularly as Government incentives continue to reduce and then eventually cease,” said Anthony Cohen. Project Displaced has a number of former and current job seekers who are happy to be available for comment and to share their own job search stories and experience with Project Displaced.   About Project Displaced Founded in March at the beginning of the COVID lockdowns, Project Displaced is a non-profit organisation that supports displaced workers; offering free one-one-one as well as group classes that assist job seekers through the entire job search process, as well as specialised mental health first aid. We are independent, non-denominational and run entirely by volunteers with more than 60 qualified volunteers from the recruitment, human resources, business leadership, mindset coaching and mental health first aid sectors offering their services free of charge, 7 days a week. We aim to get people into jobs as fast as possible, and we provide free support for anyone in Australia who has been stood down or who has lost their job.   This includes providing free resume reviews, free interview preparation, career coaching, and mental health first aid that is provided by qualified HR practitioners and recruiters who generously volunteer their time and expertise to help our job seeker community. Started by Sydney-based Anthony Cohen, who worked for Qantas for more than 16 years, his partner is an orchestral musician, and both have had their work contracts put on hold or cancelled. The COVID-19 crisis hit them and their extended network very personally, and this inspired Anthony to take direct action. “We set up Project Displaced to help our community through this terrible and very sudden crisis,” explains Anthony. “After both my partner and I lost our jobs, I couldn’t just sit there and do nothing, so I came up with the idea of Project Displaced.” Project Displaced is also recording the breadth and depth of the impact of this crisis across industries so that there may be a clearer picture of that impact.  Job seekers are encouraged to book a free consultation or join any of the free group job search classes at the Project Displaced website; and join the community on Facebook. https://projectdisplaced.org.au https://facebook.com/ProjectDisplaced info@projectdisplaced.com About Lotti O’Dea Lotti O’Dea works with not for profit organisations to help them understand and communicate their impact, drawing on her background in evaluation, social cost benefit analysis and measuring ‘hard to capture’ outcomes for both government and not for profit organisations.    Lotti is available for comment via lotti.odea@gmail.com ENDS –  [1] Research undertaken by Evaluation and Social Impact Specialist Lotti O’Dea Remote Work Research Reveals Importance of a ‘Connected Culture’ for Knowledge Workers 2020-11-12T05:59:34Z remote-work-research-reveals-importance-of-a-connected-culture-for-knowledge-workers RingCentral Australia Pty Ltd, a leading provider of global enterprise cloud communications, collaboration and contact centre solutions, and a wholly owned subsidiary of RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE: RNG), today released the findings of its Connected Culture Report, a new study that explores how remote work impacts employee productivity and well-being. According to the report, employees working for companies that foster a “connected culture” are twice as likely to be productive when working from anywhere, compared to those whose companies don’t foster that culture. The study defines companies that foster a “connected culture” as those that blend effective technology that helps teams stay connected with a commitment to supporting work/life balance, and frequent opportunities for people to interact and engage with one another. During the pandemic, the majority of knowledge workers (defined as those always working on a laptop or computer and collaborating with others at least some of the time) moved from working in an office to working from home. Across Australia, 78% normally worked in a company office before the pandemic and at the time of the survey 68% were working from home full-time.At a high level, the survey uncovered a number of insights into worker productivity and wellness, and factors that have had both positive and negative influences on the employee experience. As positive news about a vaccine emerges, the survey findings reiterate the important role employers play in building a culture that encourages employee productivity and well-being – key factors for an engaged remote and hybrid workforce working from anywhere.Rise of the ‘remote champion’According to the Connected Culture Report, one of the biggest positives from RingCentral’s survey was the discovery of the ‘remote champion’ – those people who have been more resilient while working remotely. Almost one in ten workers (8.6 percent) reported feeling more productive, physically active, emotionally well, and more connected to colleagues during the shift to remote work.80% of employees reporting high levels of emotional well-being said they are the same or more productive working remotely.58% of employees who said their companies are making an attempt to help them connect said they feel physically healthy. 75% of employees reporting high levels of emotional well-being said they feel more connected to their colleagues. “Overall, mental and physical wellbeing has taken a significant hit during the pandemic. Businesses should be assessing and planning for how they will operate post-pandemic, and how they will manage their workforce. They need to consider a larger and more permanent remote and hybrid workforce working from anywhere, enabled by the right technology and support,” said Peter Hughes, Regional Vice President Sales at RingCentral.“It is really important that businesses identify their remote champions because these are the people who have thrived during the crisis and are likely to continue to thrive working remotely in the longer-term. From there, it remains critical that businesses continue to focus on the total employee experience – their systems of experience – for all staff, no matter where they are working. That includes constantly improving their remote workers’ access to resources and collaborative tools, so that they continue to feel connected to their company’s culture and their colleagues,” Hughes continued.The shift to remote work has not levelled the playing field for women.Correlating with a lot of other studies conducted into the impact of the pandemic on our global and local workforce (see further for example Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s ‘Gendered impact of COVID-19’), in RingCentral’s report women were found to have been more adversely affected than men in switching to remote working arrangements.Group work (defined as any tasks performed among teams) was the least productive task for women, with 46% saying they struggle with it compared to 37% of men. Women also reported lower levels of happiness and emotional well-being than men while working remotely, with 48% of women compared to 58% of men reporting good or better mental health.One of the factors at play might be their access to a closed office space or a door to a dedicated workspace at home, with 53% of men compared to 39% of women citing this as the reason for higher productivity levels.The overall conclusion: Embracing a connected culture leads to significant gains in employee productivity and well-being. On the positive side, some businesses and individuals are thriving, which can be attributed to a ‘connected culture’. Employees at companies that promote a connected culture cite better physical (58%) and emotional well-being (55%) than employees of companies that do not promote a connected culture (50% and 48%, respectively).Of those who reported working at companies that foster a connected culture, 34% say they are more productive working remotely. Of those who reported working at companies that don't foster a connected culture, only 15% said they were more productive working remotely.The survey found that there are a number of aspects Australian organisations can focus on to improve the remote working experience. The top factors cited by workers that make them feel more connected are talking to people (67%); a sense of productivity (65%); fulfilment from the work they are doing (64%); and collaborating (47%). The dominant top-ranked feature Australian respondents missed about the physical office culture was face-to-face communication (39%).When asked what their company was doing to help them feel more connected while working remotely, Australian knowledge workers chose frequent communications (50%); enhanced collaboration tools (28%); and virtual happy hours (25%) as the top three. Also, 58% were satisfied with the actions of their company to connect employees, with just 15% unsatisfied with their company’s efforts.Survey Methodology Conducted by CITE Research in partnership with Kaleido Insights, the study polled 4,000 knowledge workers in Australia, the US, UK and Canada (1,000 per country). The research was conducted between 15 to 23 July 2020.The screening criteria:Workers on a laptop or computer alwaysCollaborates with others constantly or sometimesWorks at a company with at least two employeesAges 18+, although 35-44 was most common response groupAbout RingCentral RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE: RNG) is a leading provider of cloud Message Video Phone™ (MVP™), customer engagement and contact center solutions for businesses worldwide. More flexible and cost-effective than legacy on-premise PBX and video conferencing systems that it replaces, RingCentral empowers modern mobile and distributed workforces to communicate, collaborate, and connect via any mode, any device, and any location. RingCentral’s open platform integrates with leading third-party business applications and enables customers to easily customize business workflows. RingCentral is headquartered in Belmont, California, and has offices around the world.© 2020 RingCentral, Inc. All rights reserved. RingCentral, Message Video Phone, and the RingCentral logo are trademarks of RingCentral, Inc. CornerstoneOnDemand recognised as Employer of Choice 2020-10-28T02:19:36Z cornerstoneondemand-recognised-as-employer-of-choice Auckland (August 2020) - CornerstoneOnDemand has been distinguished in this year’s Human Resources Director NZ Employer of Choice report. This prestigious list celebrates the outstanding achievements of the top HR teams, leaders and organisations across the country. “In this age of constant disruption, organisations cannot afford to take their eyes off the challenges that might be just around the corner. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant it’s never been more important for HR professionals to remain on their toes when it comes to attracting and retaining talent. Consequently, they must be an employer that provides outstanding initiatives such as career paths, suitable learning and development opportunities, and appropriately acknowledging a job well done,” says the Human Resources Director team. “In this year of unprecedented challenges, HRD received a huge number of nominations for the organisations that demonstrate outstanding contributions of best practice and leadership. HRD is pleased to present those 30 organisations that made the shortlist and would like to thank all those who submitted nominations this year.” Cornerstone is committed to the professional development of all “Cornerstars”. In an effort to attract, develop, and retain outstanding Cornerstars, the Professional Development or Tuition Reimbursement Policy is designed to help Cornerstars further their knowledge, skills and job effectiveness through educational and training opportunities in areas of relevance to the employee and the company. Further to this, there are ongoing internal training and development opportunities, including change management, leadership training and thousands of other courses available within the company’s learning library. As part of the annual review process, Cornerstars are asked what other areas of the business and roles they have interest in, both locally and around the globe. To view the full online report and to find out more about CornerstoneOnDemand, click HERE.   -ENDS- Human Resources Director (HRD) is the leading source of news, opinion and analysis for HR professionals in New Zealand. Delivered exclusive online, HRD provides a real-time web service that keeps industry professionals up to date with the latest trends, opinion, and expert analysis affecting their careers, businesses, and the industry as a whole. HRD provides a regular e-newsletter service, delivered to inboxes across New Zealand, covering need-to-know developments in areas such as team building, recruitment, leadership, international hiring, IR laws, training and development, employee engagement, reward and recognition, social media developments, HR technology, corporate health salary packaging and general market updates. An online industry hub, HRD offers fresh and informative multimedia content, practical articles and opinion, a popular industry forum for online discussion and debate, and industry-specific research and reports. HRD is published by independent media company Key Media. Find out more about key Media’s magazines, events and websites at www.keymedia.com. LeadershipHQ announces new program to become a leader for the future of work with Veriskills 2020-10-24T07:59:11Z leadershiphq-announces-new-program-to-become-a-leader-for-the-future-of-work-with-veriskills-1 At this point in time, we are facing huge issues globally - a fragile economy, pandemic and business recovery and the need to reinvent work, to name a few. Brilliant, courageous leadership is required now to reimagine the nature of our work, understand the way we engage with people and to build exciting new companies. You have the opportunity now to become a leader for the future of work by putting development ahead of any other priority through the LeadershipHQ Leadership Essentials Program. Take Your Leadership to the Next Level Imagine taking your leadership to the next level, going for promotions or new opportunities and applying for tertiary education as a Leader! LeadershipHQ are the leaders in leadership development and we now working with VeriSkills™ to train and coach leaders through our in-house or public One on One or Group Leadership Essentials Program and give them the leadership and human capabilities and skills for the future. Human capabilities are soft skills that are not tied to technical competence and are what sets humans apart in this growing world of automation. VeriSkills™ verifies courses against the framework to determine the human capability outcomes and their corresponding level of achievement attained on completion of various courses. Our Leadership Essentials course is now verified by Veriskills™ backed by QTAC’s 40 years of experience in the assessment of formal and experiential learning. The Leadership Essentials Program The Leadership Essentials Program is either a self-paced (not VeriSkills™) or a group and one on one leadership program which is delivered in-house and or via our online public program and it takes 6-9 months. It gives participants the human capabilities, tools, skills and resources to be the best person and leader they can be. Human Capability outcomes you will be awarded on completion of our Leadership Essentials program are as follows: ·      Initiative and Drive ·      Communication ·      Collaboration ·      Empathy   Click here to learn more about VeriSkills™ and the Human Capability Framework. This program and coaching will take your leadership skills to the next level! 2021 Enrolment options Leadership Coaching, Programs and Certification are all a unique and premium development for you and your leaders. Designed for emerging leaders, team leaders, SME’s and self-aware professionals with ambition to take their seat at the leadership table, be a courageous leader and take charge of their business. Leadership isn’t easy and sometimes we need help. Get in touch today to learn more about how to build leadership skills through the Leadership Essentials Program and set yourself up for success! View the Leadership HQ website for more information on LeadershipHQ and our programs: www.leadershiphq.com.au.   For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald contact: Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts  0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665 sonia@leadershiphq.com.au hello@leadershiphq.com.au New webinar from Digivizer: How to drive more sales online 2020-10-21T21:49:07Z new-webinar-from-digivizer-how-to-drive-more-sales-online Sydney, 22 October, 2020: As part of the NSW Government’s Small Business Month, Digivizer is running a free webinar for businesses that will explain how to grow sales and lower costs using digital channels - including social, search and web.   The COVID-19 pandemic has sharpened the interest of many SMBs in digital marketing and online sales. According to Australia Post, August 2020 was the biggest month in Australian online shopping history. In the same month, online shopping grew over 85% year-on-year and between March and August 2020, over 8 million Australian households shopped online. "We work with a number of businesses, and some have seen their online sales grow by as much as 250% over the past six months," says Emma Lo Russo, CEO and co-founder of Digivizer. "What has changed are customer habits. It is critical for every business to have a strong online presence, and a better understanding about how to drive cost-effective digital sales.  "This webinar will help any online business become better at driving their digital marketing by taking a data-driven approach to increasing sales, and lowering the cost to do this.  We have designed an event that will take owners and marketers through the steps they can take to drive better cost-per-outcome and ultimately greater ROI for their digital marketing spend." The webinar will feature Mike Barnett, Head of Sales for Shopify Plus in APAC, Digivizer Head of Digital Performance, Jordan Schofield and Digivizer Head of Digital Strategy, Brian Gibson.  They will share strategies for businesses to follow, using case studies backed by real-time data. The webinar will equip businesses with the skills and insights they need to grow online. Topics covered will include using social media and search campaigns to drive customer acquisition and sales, and how to build better online sales platforms and customer lifetime value.   Register at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/do-you-want-to-drive-more-sales-online-tickets-125567274097. ENDS About Digivizer Digivizer, founded in 2010, is Australia’s leading digital marketing analytics technology company. Digivizer helps businesses get better results from their digital marketing, across owned, earned and paid media, in search and social, and in web performance, by giving them the information they need to make better decisions and improve their marketing ROI.  Digivizer’s digital insights are available through a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform affordable to any business, and if required, digital marketing services.  Digivizer is an ad., development and technology partner of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google, and is a marketing and agency partner of Google and Facebook. It is also a partner of start-up venture capital investors Investible and Remarkable, and of global online retail outlet platforms Shopify and BigCommerce. Contacts Digivizer is at: Web: www.digivizer.com LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/company/digivizer Twitter: https://twitter.com/Digivizer Facebook: https://facebook.com/Digivizer Instagram: https://instagram.com/Digivizer/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/digivizer For more information:  Alan Smith, Head of Strategic Business Communications, Digivizer.  Phone: +61 404 432 700. Email: alan.smith@digivizer.com. Twitter: @alansmithoz    Balance Internet teams up with Australia’s tech sector to launch ‘Skill Finder’ 2020-10-21T02:21:26Z balance-internet-teams-up-with-australia-s-tech-sector-to-launch-skill-finder MELBOURNE, Australia — October 21, 2020 Balance Internet has teamed up with the Australian technology sector to launch Skill Finder, a world-first, free digital micro-skills marketplace available to all Australians, including 3.5m JobKeepers and 1.5m JobSeekers. Skill Finder was launched on the 15th of October, click-ready to enhance the skills and competence of the Australian workforce, equipping individuals with in-demand, immediately applicable digital micro-skills from leading technology companies, for free. Since launch, over 1,500 Australians have already used the marketplace to click through to find a course. Skill Finder was created after the Minister for Industry, Science, and Technology, The Hon. Karen Andrews, asked Australia’s technology sector to help with the nation’s post-COVID economic recovery.  The idea for Skill Finder was born out of a hackathon that Balance Internet, a leading Australian open source solutions provider, hosted a few months ago. Balance Internet collaborated with the broader technology sector to make the idea a reality. These skill training and digital enablement opportunities are provided by a public-spirited collaboration of leading technology companies operating in the Australian market, and the website is provided and delivered as an MVP Proof of Concept (POC). The Skill Finder (POC) site has been developed free-of-charge by Balance Internet. Adobe Magento Commerce, Adobe Analytics and AWS hosting services have also been provided at no fee. It is a real tech for good project, based upon the unprecedented levels of collaboration and cooperation in the tech sector in Australia. Hundreds of online courses and micro-skills are available on Skill Finder, spanning 12 categories and 144 sub-categories across digital design, coding, artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics, cloud computing, accounting and business tools, and content marketing. Australian tech leaders Atlassian, Canva, MYOB and Xero have all contributed free courses and micro-skills as has Adobe, AWS, Google, IBM, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Salesforce and Twitter. James Horne, Managing Director of Balance Internet said, "The idea for Skill Finder was born out of a hackathon we hosted only months ago. It's incredible to think our company, operating out of extended lock-down in Melbourne, has been able to corral the calibre of Australian and global technology companies involved to deliver on the Skill Finder concept. We believe that 10 per cent or more of Australia's total workforce could benefit right now from this initiative." James Horne further said, "We hope that Skill Finder will help the Australian workforce to fill the gaps that exist in ICT roles, improving digital skills and literacy for as many individuals working with digital technologies as possible. The adoption of digital technology to transform services and businesses plays a critical role in supporting Australia's COVID-19 economic recovery." "We wanted to bring a service of value to Australians. We consider ourselves very fortunate that our sector hasn't been as affected as much as others, so we wanted to do what we could to help. Our team has thrived working on such a public-spirited initiative." "Our involvement in the Skill Finder initiative is well aligned with Balance Internet’s core business values; boosting the capability of individuals countrywide to increase uptake of digital technology for their own career progression, and Australia's economic growth as a whole."  Australians can access hundreds of free courses at www.skillfinder.com.au -ends- For all media or interview enquiries please contact James Horne, Balance Internet james@balanceinternet.com.au / (+61) 0425 800 773 To view the Adobe site launch media release visit: https://www.balanceinternet.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Skill-Finder-Press-Release_15Oct_Adobe.pdf  View Skill Finder video, https://youtu.be/1bKx1o8eLRs View ‘Introducing Skill Finder’ blog https://www.balanceinternet.com.au/news/introducing-skill-finder/ View ‘Could upskilling be the key to your economic future?’ https://www.ausbiz.com.au/media/could-upskilling-be-the-key-to-your-economic-future?videoId=4904§ionId=1890 About Balance Internet Balance Internet is an Australian company and experts in digital ecommerce. We partner with some of Asia Pacific’s leading brands, government agencies, educational institutions and corporations to deliver innovative and transformative digital experiences. For more information visit www.balanceinternet.com.au About Skill Finder Skill Finder is committed to connecting the Australian workforce, small and medium businesses to new learning opportunities. A centralised marketplace, Skill Finder is powered by the world’s top technology platforms and software providers. With hundreds of online courses, the platform provides an opportunity for every Australian to up-level their knowledge with transferable and useful micro- skills, so they are prepared for an unpredictable future where agility and adaptability is key. For more information visit www.skillfinder.com.au  ZERO TO CA$H LIVESTREAM WITH ROBERT G. ALLEN free registration at robertlivestream.com 2020-10-15T21:36:06Z zero-to-ca-h-livestream-with-robert-g-allen-free-registration-at-robertlivestream-com ZERO TO CA$H With 5 New York Times bestselling books including #1 twice, the One Minute Millionaire co-author Robert G. Allen knows how to generate instant cash, so with the current pandemic he will be teaching those who have lost a job or are on reduced income how to make serious money in a short amount of time at his free ZERO TO CASH seminar live across Australia on Thursday 29th October 2020. Free registration at www.robertlivestream.com Robert teaches active investing that generates income in a short amount of time. He will focus on the internet in his seminar and show people what to do and how to do it.  “Now is the time to bring your own money in the door ASAP and I’ll be showing people the way they may not have thought of before. You’re sitting on your own gold mine and don’t know how valuable you are. There’s businesses and people within 20km of where you are right now that will pay you money” says Allen. “ I spoke with a painter who said her paintings weren’t selling during Covid. I told her to offer painting lessons online. I spoke to a girl in Italy who was desperate for money. I asked her “What do you know that others don’t know near you?” She said I speak English. I said great. Write to everyone you know and offer a 10 week “Learn to speak English” course for $1,000 and tell them there’s only one place left in the course. She sold 10 places!” “ I believe that if you’ve lost your job or on reduced income and your back is up against the wall then you have to dig into your own expertise and market yourself on your social media, to your database, take facebook ads and unleash the gold mine inside you. Everyone has something that someone else will pay for.” TO INTERVIEW ROBERT G. ALLEN email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601 ABOUT ROBERT G. ALLEN. Author of best sellers Nothing Down, Multiple Steams of Income, Creating Wealth. Carried out famous challenge  : “Sit me at the keyboard of any computer in the world with access to the internet, and in just 24 hours I’ll earn at least $24,000”     Max Markson 0412501601 HARRY DENT DENT SECTOR FUND LAUNCH Friday 16th October 2020 Free registration www.harrydentfund.com SETH GODIN VIRTUAL MARKETING SUMMIT Wednesday 21st October 2020 Free registration marketinglive.com.au/max   Legendary investor & author INVESTMENT BIKER & ADVENTURE CAPITALIST JIM ROGERS MONEYBALL 2021 Wednesday 29th October 2020 Free registration www.moneyballstream.com   ROBERT G. ALLEN ZERO TO CA$H Thursday 29th October 2020 Free registration www.mesiti.com/robert         ON THE ROAD WITH BILL CLINTON Nelson Mandela, Kim Kardashian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Blair, Al Gore, Mike Tyson, Pele and more.By Max Markson. Book available now from www.booktopia.com.au   Markson Sparks! Suite 411 4th Floor 410 Elizabeth St Surry Hills Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA 2010   E: max@marksonsparks.com M: 0412 501 601 Work: +61 2 9213 2900 www.marksonsparks.com   Regional Innovators Turn Big Ideas into Business Outcomes 2020-10-14T22:29:07Z regional-innovators-turn-big-ideas-into-business-outcomes COVID-19 trading restrictions have not stopped regional businesses from advancing their innovation plans, thanks to Impact Innovation’s online Ideas to Outcomes program. Since March this year, 12 regional business owners across Queensland have completed the practical mentoring and skills development program, which guides businesses through the de-risking process for taking new technologies and ideas to market.    Impact Innovation delivers the Ideas to Outcomes program with TAFE Queensland’s Small Business Solutions team. Graduates qualify for a nationally recognised Certificate IV in Small Business Management awarded by TAFE Queensland. Impact Innovation’s managing director, Brian Ruddle, said taking the course delivery online opened up new opportunities for regional businesses to benefit. “We have been so impressed with the diversity and ingenuity of new ideas that these businesses have worked on throughout the program,” Mr Ruddle said.  “From horses helping troubled teens and alternatives to aged care, from tech that helps growers maximise soil productivity to portable generators providing cheaper power, the Ideas to Outcomes program has helped these regional innovators take the next crucial steps to make their ideas a commercial reality.” The 12 participants were spread as far across the state as Mareeba in the north and Gympie in the south, with a group of nine business owners from the Western Downs being the most recent graduates. Business growth advisor Ariane de Rooy, who encouraged the entrepreneurs from Chinchilla, Dalby and Miles to join the program, said its practical tools and strategies helped them push through to their goals. “Introducing new business ideas can be tougher in regional areas because ready access to specialist help is often not available,” said Ms de Rooy.  “Being able to bring these entrepreneurs together online to learn about commercialisation in a structured way has given the region a capability boost and enabled these business owners to plan for innovation-led growth. “Some valuable collaborations have emerged too, such as the one between Emily Beutel Weddings & Events in Miles and Jubri’s Hideaway, a new boutique functions centre just north of Dalby.” Dalby physiotherapist Annie Cusack said, “The course walked me through the steps I need to consider when establishing my new business, and enabled me to see where the areas I need to focus on are.  “I loved the online format, and the encouragement, support and feedback from the facilitators and other participants.”   Justin Loccisano, founder of Far North Queensland enterprise Paragon Group, described the course as “fantastic for big thinkers”.  “This course highlights the importance of data and creative thinking when exploring new business ideas and the accelerated format keeps active minds engaged,” Mr Loccisano said.  The online program consists of six weekly two-hour live workshops, two one-to-one sessions, and business planning assessment activities completed under 12 weeks at the student’s own pace. Surveys of graduates conducted three months after the program have shown that clarity and confidence to proceed are the key outcomes (100 percent).  A third of participants have reported technical advancements for their ideas and more than 66 percent have revised their business model. The final Ideas to Outcomes course for 2020 has just started, with three more regional innovators enrolled.  The  dates for new intakes in 2021 will be advertised in January.  For more details about the program, visit https://impactinnovation.com/group/ideas-to-outcomes.  Image: Annie Cusack (quoted) available on request Video: https://youtu.be/b8Rp_gGoSjM