TOWARDS A POST INDUSTRIAL MODEL FOR VET TAFE AS A COMMUNITY ASSET Ray Griffiths, 2002 AN INSTRUMENT OF ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CHANGE. Building the skills base Building the professional service firm Building education as an industry in its own right. PARTNERING Individuals, communities, enterprises, industries Growth through Learning An articulate community A competitive workforce Options for participation CATALYTIC ROLE Identifying the value chain for a community, industry or enterprise Envisioning the appropriate linkages in collaboration Configuring the work of TAFE to suit FORESTECH Vertical integration Natural Resource Management Forest harvesting Milling and value adding Furniture Design Vocational training Enterprise Development Research RESEARCH RMIT Uni. Affiliation ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT 19 post Graduate Scholarships Business Incubrators Joint Research & Education Centre •supported environment for furniture design/ •Aquaculture manufacture •Natural Resource Management •access to TAFE staff, equipment & Monash - Timber Dyring infrastructure CARP - East Gippsland Institute of TAFE •Business advice from private sector Import replacement East Gippsland Institute of TAFE etal FORESTECH CULTURAL Vocational Education & Training International craftsperson in •Natural Resource Management residence •Forest Harvesting •Milling Value-adding PARTNERING •Furniture Design •Natural Resource Management instrumentalities PUBLIC EDUCATION •Forest Harvesting contracts •Proposed public interpretation centre •Timber Millers •Industry Associations eg. FIAA SK8 PROJECT BUSINESS INCUBATOR TENANT AT FORESTECH PURPOSE: Skills employment and enterprise development. BUSINESS: Design and manufacture and market skateboard blanks constructed from native hardwood timber; followed by snowboards. ‘Ownership’ to participants. SKILLS: Generic employment skills Design skills Research skills Enterprise skills Hand-tool, machinery operation. BENEFITS: Confidence to improved social cohesions Opportunity for disadvantaged youth. Job creation Wealth creation Import replacement Local value adding. SK8 DESCRIPTION: i An enterprise development project based on the manufacture and sale of skateboard decks made from Australian hardwood. It is a 4 year project Stage 1 (2001) is a 12 month accredited training program based at East Gippsland Institute of TAFE Forestech Campus. Stage 2 is a transitional phase from a training program to business establishment and will occur during 2002. Stage 3 is consolidation and diversification of the business and will occur during 2003-2004. Following completion of stage 3 GIPPSK8 will be an independent viable small business with at least 5 equivalent full time owner operators. Presently there are probably only 2 other manufacturers of Australian hardwood skateboards. PROPONENTS: The project is a partnership between Lakes Entrance Community Health, the Small Rural Communities Health Project and East Gippsland Institute of TAFE. SK8 TARGET GROUP: The project targeted early school leavers and young people considered at risk. Currently 6 young people are involved in the project. OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT: To create a sustainable (profitable) enterprise owned by the young people involved. To develop a new local industry that will assist in addressing the high unemployment rates among young people in East Gippsland. To create a value adding timber industry To achieve 6% of the national skateboard market.
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