AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY PREPARING FOR AN ADAPTABLE FUTURE

Dan Minton – AIS Industry Manager

Australia’s workforce of the future will be one where the individual may experience many jobs, several careers, and a multitude of experiences. The VET skills for that future must be adaptable to the individual, and enable them to pursue opportunities when and where they are available.

It is often stated that the more things change, the more they stay the same. As far back as the 1890s, the automatic telephone switchboard and dial telephones were introduced, and switch-board operators soon became redundant. In today’s modern workplace, the pace of technology change is so fast there are global companies in existence today that didn’t exist 20 years ago.

Where does that leave Australians looking to build skills and knowledge in an environment of constant change? Skills in increasing demand are more likely to be those that lead to industry transferability, and provide individuals with the opportunity to quickly adapt to changing circumstances.

One of the most technologically advanced and ever-changing sectors of Australian industry is aviation. The AVI Aviation Training Package was recently updated to reflect the changing skill needs of people working across flight and ground operational roles, such as flight crew, flight operations support, and aviation supervision and management.

Aviation technical skills are those physical, mental and task-management abilities that allow individuals to safely work within a wide range of ground and flight operational areas. Technical skills are critical to ensuring that individuals can safely and effectively operate aviation equipment, systems and aircraft, and ensures that the high standards of performance of the Australian Aviation industry continues to contribute to the overall strength of the Australian Transport and Logistics industry.

Australia’s Aviation industry took the lead in ensuring that new entrants to Australian aviation were capable and effective across a wide range of skill and knowledge areas, including communication, team work, technology and safety management skills. Packaging rules for these qualifications were designed to allow maximum flexibility for the individual, as well as ensuring that aviation industry skills were broadly aligned to allied transport and logistics industry roles.

This flexibility in qualification design allows workers within Australian transport industries, including road, rail and maritime industries, to readily adapt previously developed skills to Australia’s aviation industry.

Australian Industry Standards supports industry growth and productivity through our modern innovative approach to establishing skills standards. AIS provides high-quality, professional secretariat services to help our allocated industry reference committees develop the skills that industry needs, and partners with industry to shape the workforce of the future.