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September 22nd 2022

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South West Future Jobs & Skills Forum - Virtual Conference

If you are interested in the future growth and potential within the South West region then you need to attend this virtual event. Join an audience of professionals, influencers and students to hear from a high profile line up of keynote speakers. Presentations from across a diverse range of industries will explore how innovation and technology will influence the future of work and industry here in the South West.  

Hear about the exciting advances and innovative thinking, changing and shaping business methods and practice in Australia and across the globe. Presentations also will cover how these changes are influencing the future of education, skills and employment across a range of industries and sectors.  

Discover how we can activate the potential in this diverse region and build our economy for the future.

Please find below the line up and session times.

NOTE: A digital copy of the conference will be emailed post event - according to the paid ticket type.

Host - Kitty Prodonovich (CEO of Regional Chambers of Commerce & Industry WA)

Kitty is the CEO of the Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry of WA, a position she has held since 2012. Kitty has previously held the positions of Presidents of both the RCCIWA (2005 – 2010) and the Kalgoorlie-Boulder CCI (2003-2005) and has owned two small businesses in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the first one at the age of 21.  Kitty’s involvement with a regional Chamber of Commerce began in 1991, and she is a strong and driven advocate for regional business communities. Until November 2018 Kitty was the Chair of the board of the Small Business Development Corporation and currently sits on the General Council of CCIWA and is a Non – Executive Director on the board of Keystart Home Loans.

Morning Sessions - 8:30am to 11:30am

Specific skills required to shape the future of education and work
8:30 am
to
9:15 am

Bruce discusses the Labour Market and Industry Data from the National Skills Commission and the correlation to the specific skills that are expected to shape the future of education and work in the regions. This presentation will look to provide industry specific information relevant to the technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI), advanced manufacturing and automation across different industries.

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Presented by

Bruce Needham
Department of Education, Skills & Employment - WA State Manager
Growing your business in a time of change
9:15 am
to
10:00 am

Businesses are dealing with disruptions at a pace and impact greater than any time since the second world war. Climate change, pandemics, changing consumer preferences, and military conflicts and tensions are just a few of the changes that are making it difficult for businesses to plan and implement growth strategies. Has growth become luck, or is it that the businesses that do succeed have processes that enable them to anticipate change and position themselves for growth despite it?  At The Growth Drivers we work with ambitious leaders from around the world and help them transform obstacle into impact. This talk will highlight how our mix of innovation, behavioural sciences, human centred design, and commerciality has helped businesses turn waste into value, build implementable export strategies, and design new products and business models that meet the needs of a changing world.

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Presented by

Scott Needham
The Growth Drivers - Managing Director
‍Dr David Ireland
ThinkPlace - Partner and Chief Innovation Officer
The Element of Possibility
10:00 am
to
10:45 am

Alcoa invented the aluminium industry. With the vision now to re-invent the aluminium industry for a sustainable future. This means combining best technologies with best practices to change the face of industry into the future.

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Presented by

Lynette Bluett
Alcoa Australia - Human Resources Manager
Clean hydrogen production via the Hazer Process and baseload Geothermal energy
10:45 am
to
11:30 am

The first part of this presentation will recount the early-stage R&D struggle and commercial trajectory of the Hazer Process. This Process serves to catalytically crack methane into hydrogen and graphitic carbon with an iron oxide catalyst. The carbon is sequestered as a solid, graphitic phase and is not released to the atmosphere. The resultant hydrogen is termed turquoise hydrogen, which is in between blue and green hydrogen. The second part will describe the present development of baseload geothermal energy by Good Water Energy to produce green electrolytic hydrogen.

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Presented by

Prof. Hui Tong Chua
University of WA - Head of Department of Chemical Engineering

Afternoon Sessions - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Key trends and opportunities for skills development to support new technologies
1:30 pm
to
2:15 pm

Three key trends are merging and causing significant change and disruption in our industry – digitisation, automation and electrification. How should industry be responding to these trends? What skills and roles will be needed to operate and support the people, processes and technology resulting from this change? How can the South West prepare for and capitalise on the opportunities these changes present? Alister will provide an overview of the technologies and trends that are driving change in the resource and construction industry, and as an example show how WesTrac is responding to build the skills and roles of the future.

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Presented by

‍Alister MacPherson
WesTrac - General Manager Technology
New technology and innovation drivers for food production and lower carbon emissions
2:15 pm
to
3:00 pm

New technology and innovative approaches to farming and manufacturing are needed for sustainable food and beverage production. This presentation will explore the skills and mindset required for supporting on-farm adoption of new technology. Case studies of new tech for farming and lowering carbon emissions will also be discussed.

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Presented by

Dr Natasha Teakle
AgriStart - Managing Director & Co-Founder
Future skills for a future workforce
3:00 pm
to
3:45 pm

Sitting at the forefront of hybrid working and at the bleeding edge of technology innovations, co-founders of the NXT will co-present on what's next for skills, people and the workplaces that employ them across industries. The future of work is now. Pete and Dave will share lessons learned from leaders across the globe on how to be both careful and clever in the midst of a labour crunch to support the immediate future of work in a post-pandemic world.

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Presented by

Peter Holliday
Below the Line - Co-Founder
Dr David Yeates
Above the Line - Co-Founder
Deliberation Panel - Live
3:45 pm
to
4:30 pm

Responding to the question - In the South West, as a community, how do we progress down the path of embracing upcoming technologies and innovations.

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Presented by

Dr Stephanie Godrich
ECU - Senior Lecturer in Nutrition in the School of Medical and Health Sciences
Dr David Yeates
Above the Line - Co-Founder