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The end of April saw the submission of the 2017 IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work for the eleven Industry Reference Committees (IRC) that AIS supports.
The 2017 Skills Forecasts were the culmination of an extensive consultation and review process, led by each IRC, over the months since the previous submission in September 2016. On behalf of the team at AIS, I’d like to thank all stakeholders who provided feedback or otherwise engaged in the development of the 2017 IRC Skills Forecasts.
The IRC Skills Forecasts focus on the prioritisation of the skill needs of the industry sectors each IRC has responsibility for. Developed and reviewed annually, each is a snapshot of a continually evolving story that is intended to alert and inform a wide audience and enhance their capacity to act. IRCs are required to consult broadly with stakeholders to ensure a whole-of-industry view about the opportunities and challenges for the workforce and the Training Package review work necessary to meet industry needs. The information is then used to develop the four-year IRC Proposed Schedule of Work.
Each IRC sets the direction of research and analysis activities while continuing to review and consider industry feedback right throughout the IRC Skills Forecast development process. Along with the ongoing feedback that was regularly received from industry, there was a call to stakeholders to provide submissions along with an invitation to undertake an online survey. The survey focussed on skilling issues facing industry and this information received, along with that received through the call for submissions, and industry research and analysis, provided the basis for the development of a Key Findings Discussion Paper by each IRC. This paper provided industry stakeholders with a summary of the key findings from the recent industry intelligence gathering activities overseen by each IRC. Feedback from industry stakeholders on Key Findings Discussion Paper then informed the final development of the IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work for submission to the AISC.
Each IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work contains the following sections that ultimately inform the review and development of Training Packages.
The Industry Overview includes information on its overall value and contribution to the Australian economy, and the challenges and opportunities that currently face them. The Employment section includes information on skills shortages, workforce supply side challenges and opportunities, historical and projected workforce growth, casualisation and gender composition. The Skills Outlook section covers National and International trends, priority skills for industry and skills related insights. The final section is the Proposed Schedule of Work which clearly articulates the IRCs priorities for Training Package review and development across the four-year period on a year by year basis.
The IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work for each IRC is currently with the Australian Industry and Skills Committee for consideration and approval. Work approved by the AISC will become part of the overall National Schedule across all IRCs in the National Training System. The National Schedule is a four-year rolling schedule of work.
AIS will alert all registered stakeholders once the AISC provide information on work approved to be included on the National Schedule and which will result in Training Package review and development.
Links to each of the 2017 IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work documents can be found below.