Directory : Water Directory 2013
PAGE 18 Water Directory 2013 NETWORKS AND PROGRAMS It is the intention of the Taskforce to work collaboratively with government initiatives to reduce the impact of the water skills shortage through an appropriate combination of government and industry actions and strategies. Key achievements over the last year include: a revision of the existing Business Plan outlining recommendations for the future; implementing and reporting on the AWA 2011 National Water Industry Skills Audit; and proposing and undertaking a review of the WIST Charter to ensure that this industry body maintains its authority as a high level industry voice on matters relating to skills. WIST capped off a busy year by convening a National Water Industry Skills Forum held in November in Canberra. The aim of the Forum was to identify current and emerging skills and workforce development needs across the water sector. This invitation-only event was well attended by leading industry and government representatives. A report detailing results will be available early in 2013. WIST will use the report outcomes to guide future activities they may undertake or advocate for on behalf of the water industry. Water Industry Capacity Development (WICD) The Water Industry Capacity Development (WICD) Network provides a forum for those in the water industry to discuss issues, define strategies and take collective action to enhance workforce planning and workforce development. Members of the Network promote career opportunities in the water sector and receive and consider reports about the sector's workforce and skills development needs to identify programs responsive to those needs. Collaboratively the WICD Network has implemented a number of significant projects, including: • The H2Oz careers in water initiative, a unique national water industry brand and web portal through which potential employees can learn about the industry, skills development opportunities and available jobs. • Good Practice Case Studies in Training, Attraction and Retention were developed to harness experiences from the water sector and support the exchange and promotion of successful initiatives. • The Water Industry Capacity Development University Project was initiated to foster new engagement between the water industry and tertiary institutions on a national level, and enhance existing collaboration processes. Subscribers to the WICD Network also participate in a number of events including the WICD Skills Workshop and the National Water Skills Conference, where they can share the challenges they face and determine potential projects for the future. For more information on the WICD Network and how you can be involved, please visit www.awa.asn.au/WICD.aspx H2Oz careers in water The H2Oz careers in water brand and web portal was developed to address the challenge of attracting skills and talent to the Australian water industry. The portal, funded by industry subscribers and the National Water Commission, provides: • Information about the Australian water industry • Information about the variety of careers on offer within the industry • Videos and interviews with those already working in the industry • A complete recruitment system where candidates can search for job vacancies, submit resumes and get headhunted AWA is currently working with the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) and the newly formed H2Oz Advisory Committee to enhance the website further to ensure the industry is viewed as an exciting and rewarding place to work.
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