Diverse employment opportunities to support an adaptable workforce

This solution addresses lack of balanced job options for a diverse workforce in Melbourne, Australia for local communities

Problem Description

Providing employment opportunities is critical to increasing the resilience of our city as a whole, as well as that of particular communities and individuals. Employment creates bonds based on common interests, and widens support networks. It enables us to buy services such as insurance, and provides income we can use to recover from shock events. Opportunities for diverse and fulfilling employment also help reduce a range of chronic stresses, such as homelessness, poverty, mental illness and domestic violence. Melbourne’s economy is moving away from a heavy manufacturing past, towards higher-skilled jobs. For this reason, we need a workforce equipped to work in emerging industries, some of which may not yet even exist. This requires giving Melbournians the right skills for the jobs of the future, which includes STEM mentoring for young people who might otherwise never be exposed to people in professional roles in these fields.

Building Blocks

Story

"Diverse employment opportunities to support an adaptable workforce" is 1 of 4 goals of Melbourne’s Resilience Strategy. People are at the heart of all cities. A resilient Melbourne will draw on the strengths of our diverse communities and geographies, including our Indigenous communities, to pursue our shared interests, embrace our differences and be stronger together. We will help communities prepare for change and whatever the future may hold. We will work today, tomorrow and together, towards a more viable, sustainable, livable and prosperous Melbourne.

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Organisations Involved

Contributed By

  • Toby Kent, Chief Resilience Officer, Resilient Melbourne
  • Maree Grenfell, Resilience Coordinator, Resilient Melbourne

Solution Stage

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STAGE SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING FINANCE REQUIRED KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED GOAL
Developing and testing3
Mix of design and implementation skills
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Service, product and process design
  • Co-design
  • User-design
  • Light-touch evaluation
  • Cost-benefit modelling
  • Randomised control trials
  • High failure rate should be an explicit expectation
  • Visible senior leadership essential
HIGH
  • Grants, convertible grants/loans
MEDIUM
A stronger case with cost and benefit projections developed through practical trials and experiments, involving potential users
Demonstration that the idea works, or evidence to support a reworking of the idea

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Activity