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CEO Update – May 2018

The 2018 IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work, for each Industry Reference Committee we support, has been submitted to the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC). These important documents prioritise the skill needs of each industry sector. They are the result of comprehensive/broad industry engagement, research and analysis.  There is more information on the IRC Skills Forecasts in the newsletter article from Chief Operating Officer, Paul Walsh. Read the article and view the IRC Skills Forecast for your industry.

Over the past month we have continued to engage with stakeholders at key industry events. AIS Industry Manager Klausch Schmidt presented the opening address at the 12th Annual WIOA NSW Water Industry Operations Conference and Exhibition held in Tamworth. He gave an overview of the skills required by the industry, now and in the future, and current and proposed IRC projects to develop the National Water Training Package. Klausch praised organisers and participants for the open sharing of information about new technology and innovative practices that have been successfully applied in the water industry. Read Klausch’s article.

Our Industry Manager for Public Safety, Dan Minton, attended the CIVSEC 2018 Civil Security Congress and Exposition. The event was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, combining an international industry and technology exhibition, high-level stakeholder strategic summits and a congress of specialist conferences. The congress program canvassed a wide range of issues relating to civil and national security, policing, resource and infrastructure protection, emergency management and disaster response. Read the full article.

AIS also attended the Australian Trucking Association’s Trucking Australia conference, held in Canberra on April 18-20. In his keynote speech Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack spoke of the importance of the freight and logistics industry as being essential to the fabric that holds the Australian economy together.

A highlight of the conference was the fatigueHACK hackathon which provided some amazing technology based solutions to combat fatigue experienced by Heavy Vehicle drivers. The winning team ‘Augmented Intelligence’ incorporated sensors into a steering wheel to measure the driver’s ECG whilst a driver was operating a heavy vehicle. The team of entrepreneurs and health clinicians won $6000 as well as coaching from the Canberra Innovation Network to progress the idea.

The Australian Logistics Council’s Supply Chain Technology Summit 2018, was held on 10 May at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, in partnership with MEGATRANS2018. Paul Walsh presented at a key session themed Big Data and supply chain management – Technology for the future. Technology is a major component of the logistics supply chain and will play a dominant role in the supply chains of tomorrow. The session highlighted ways data can enhance supply chain efficiency and boost workplace productivity.

In his presentation Paul highlighted the need to continue to upskill the workforce to take full advantage of the investment industry is making in new technologies.
An industry Roundtable was held in Sydney on 30 April 2018 as part of the NSW Transport and Logistics Tertiary Pathways Project. AIS, funded by the NSW Government, is exploring options for developing new qualifications to meet industry demand and establish industry validated pathways connecting VET and Higher Education qualifications.

Roundtable participants canvassed the need for upskilling the logistics workforce in response to technological advances and as a means of providing appropriate career paths. The Roundtable outcomes will be discussed at the next meeting of the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Workforce Advisory Group on 17 May. Outcomes from these deliberations and follow-up industry discussions will form part of the recommendations contained in the final project report due to the Department of Education in mid-2018. The overall objective of this project is to help the transport and logistics industry in NSW to attract and retain workers.

Nominations for the 2018 Australian Training Awards are now open and I encourage industry and RTO stakeholders alike to consider applying. It would be a fantastic outcome to see one of our sectors represented on the winner’s podium in November. Read the full article.

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