CEO Update – March 2018

Thank you to the over 750 industry stakeholders who provided feedback on the 2018 IRC Key Findings discussion papers. Your contribution has been invaluable. IRCs are using this industry intelligence to develop the IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work they will submit to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) on 30 April.

This month I was pleased to attend the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) Forum 2018 which focused on the issues raised in the Draft Report on National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities. Discussions helped to clarify these priorities and expectations for the types of infrastructure investment and policy reform required to enhance national supply chain efficiency and safety. In his first speech to industry since being appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael McCormack told the forum that logistics businesses form part of the fabric that holds Australia’s economy together and that the government is focused on providing infrastructure that industry needs.

As part of the project AIS is undertaking on pathways between vocational education and training (VET) and higher education (HE) qualifications, the NSW Transport and Logistics Tertiary Pathways Project Advisory Group (PAG) met for the first time in February to discuss some of the recruitment and skilling issues facing the industry and the challenges and opportunities in developing tertiary pathways.

Our Chief Operating Officer, Paul Walsh, said that the project is an important first step in developing tertiary pathways that are flexible, practical and fit for purpose, and in helping the transport and logistics industry in NSW to attract and retain workers.

Last week we were delighted to host a high-level delegation of government officials, employers’ representatives and education leaders from Vietnam. The delegation was in Australia to learn more about how Australia’s industry-led vocational education and training model works in practice. The visit was organised as part of the Aus4Skills program, a human resource development partnership between Australia and Vietnam funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Delegates met with government officials, ASQA, peak bodies, the Transport and Logistics IRC Chair and other industry representatives. They visited logistics enterprises and training providers.

Caring is one of our core values at AIS. There are many reasons why people are sleeping on the streets, but every Australian deserves a safe place to call home. In June this year I will be taking part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, joining leaders in business, community and government to raise awareness and vital funds to help change the lives of Australians experiencing homelessness. I am proud to be doing my bit and I would greatly appreciate you donating to this great cause. My goal is to raise $5,000. Read the full article and see how you can help by sponsoring me.

There are many good news stories about how VET can lead to exciting career opportunities for individuals and multiple benefits for industry. This month’s newsletter includes one such story about Jared Stone, a qualified electrician and Australian Apprentice of the Year who is now an ambassador for Australian Apprenticeships.

We are keen to promote how VET can make a difference and provide real skills for real careers. Let us know if you have a story to tell!