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ALC Forum 2019 – efficiency and safety in the freight Logistics industry

Upskilling workers to support efficiency and safety is of utmost importance within Australia’s freight logistics industry. This was among the key contemporary issues covered at the Australian Logistics Council’s ALC Forum, held at the MCG on 5-7 March.

AIS Chief Operating Officer Paul Walsh joined logistics industry leaders to share insights on key trends affecting the industry and exciting new developments that are enhancing efficiency and safety across all modes of freight transport.

The Forum provided an excellent opportunity to engage directly with the logistics industry as well as share valuable insights when Paul presented on the topic of ‘Are We Ready? Preparing our workforce for Digital Transformation.’  The presentation covered the workforce demographics of the Transport & Logistics, Rail, Aviation and Maritime industries, along with current skills related challenges and opportunities. Across the freight logistics industries, it’s anticipated the workforce will grow by 50,000, or 7.2%, by 2024. This demand combined with a workforce that is ageing by up to 1.4 times faster than the national average, adds to the challenge of preparing the logistics workforce for digital transformation.

The impact of digital transformation through new technologies, automation, big data and sophisticated analytics is rapidly changing how supply chains operate and, as a direct consequence, evolving the job roles and skills needs of the logistics workforce. Skills development and vocational education and training for freight logistics industries will be a key driver to enable businesses to unlock the potential of new technologies and to ensure they remain highly productive and competitive.

The importance of the Annual IRC Skills Forecasts to address skills needs was also discussed, with representatives from the Transport and Logistics, Rail, Aviation and Maritime industries in attendance.

Emerging skills will support the development and management of digital supply chains, with a focus on traceability and provenance using blockchain technologies. This led to an opportunity to talk about the Supply Chain Skills Cross Sector project, led by a Project Reference Group comprising of experts from diverse industries across supply chains. More information on this project can be found here.

The forum’s thorough program also included sessions on a diverse range of subjects, including supply chain safety, infrastructure investment, port efficiency, a national rail vision and electric vehicles. The Forum provided us with a great opportunity to engage with industry leaders and to hear their views on skill needs for their workforces. The importance of a highly skilled freight logistics workforce is very clearly understood by the Australian Logistics Council and their members. AIS looks forward to continuing to support these important industry sectors to meet their current and future workforce skills needs.

Related IRC Projects: Aviation Projects; Cross Sector Supply Chain Skills; Transport & Logistics Projects; Rail Projects; Maritime Projects.