Darryl Gobbett, Visiting Fellow at SACES, made this presentation at the Mayors' Summit for Jobs Growth at the Adelaide Town Hall on 7 August 2015. The summit was called by the Adelaide Lord Mayor and the Local Government Association of South Australia. In his presentation Darryl considered the environment for jobs and economic development in South Australia, including recent changes in the state's labour market, discussed the importance of value chains and human capital, regional primary economic drivers, and suggested possible paths for action on jobs.
The Centre's Executive Director, Assoc Professor Michael O'Neil, presented this paper to the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program (LLNP) National Provider Forum, Melbourne (8-9 June). Given the findings of the ABS/OECD international survey on language, literacy and numeracy - in South Australia some 480,000 adults of working age have prose literacy of level 1 or 2 when level 3 is the required functional level to read books, newspapers and magazines - the LLNP initiative is important in raising the basic skill level of the workforce. LLNP and the WELL program are key components of the Commonwealth's building foundation skills initiative.
A copy of the presentation slides are also available for download.