CEO Update – August 2018

I am excited about the upcoming AIS Industry Skills Forums which are attracting keen interest from stakeholders across industry. The forums are a great opportunity to hear from industry leaders about the future of work and participate in discussions around skills and workforce development. The forums dovetail with AIS’s new responsibility for supporting the Digital Transformation Industry Reference Committee (IRC), set up to help ensure vocational education and training gives students the future-focused skills they will need.

I am looking forward to hearing views about future skilling in the digital age and new thinking about jobs and careers in the Q&A panel discussions, featuring leaders from business, peak industry associations, and the education and training sector. Kerry O’Brien, one of Australia’s most respected journalists and authors, will moderate the discussions. Industry specific breakout sessions will be held over lunch where you can have your say on the current and emerging skill needs of your sector.

We would be delighted to have you attend and contribute to these discussions. The greater the scope of input from industry stakeholders, the better we can do our job of helping the IRCs we support to identify industry skills needs, now and into the future. This industry intelligence will feed into the 2019 Skills Forecasts and future Training Package development. Read more about the forums.

A new report released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) highlights the important role that VET must play in equipping Australia’s workforce with the skills it will need to address the impact of disruptive technologies.

The Fourth Industrial Revolutionimplications of technological disruption for Australian VET shows that while demand for specialist digital skills is expected to rise, generic and non-technical skills will also be integral to the successful implementation of disruptive technologies in the workplace. These include skills like team-work, problem solving, creativity and continuous learning

Dr Mette Creaser, Interim Managing Director at NCVER, says that “this new research looks at the relationship between emerging technologies and required skills, and provides some key findings for the VET sector to consider in planning training packages for the future.”

The report is available from

I am delighted that the Federal Government has extended the funding arrangements for the six Skills Service Organisations (SSOs), including AIS. This is an acknowledgement of the great work being done by SSOs in partnering with stakeholders and supporting IRCs to ensure Training Packages continue to meet the needs of industry.

As expressed by Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, in announcing the decision, it is important that Australian industry continues to have a strong voice in the development of modern and relevant training packages. Read the article.