CEO Update – December 2019

2019 has been a dynamic year for Australian Industry Standards (AIS) and the Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) we support, as we continue to play our part in the development of a skilled and flexible workforce and engage constructively in the Federal Government’s VET reform process.

To date, 10 Training Package development projects have been completed, and 72 projects are underway, with a number well advanced.

The IRC Skills Forecasts have been viewed or utilized by over 3,500 stakeholders across industry, government, regulators and training organisations. These important documents identify priority skill needs following research and stakeholder consultation conducted by AIS on behalf of each IRC.

We also continue to work hard to grow our extensive industry networks, attending over 70 industry and education forums, and presenting at 24 of these events to advance the skills development agenda.

This volume and calibre of work is simply not possible without strong and constructive relationships with industry leaders and I extend my sincere appreciation to our IRC Chairs and Committee members for your generosity, expertise and professionalism this year.

AIS CEO Robert Adams and COO Paul Walsh met with the Chairs of the 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRC) we support in Adelaide ahead of a meeting of all IRC Chairs with the AISC.

Your work goes a long way to ensuring that your industry’s workforce is equipped with the skills to handle current industry requirements and can adapt to drive stronger productivity into the future.

My thanks also to the over 300 industry experts who were members of the Technical Advisory Committees, ensuring Training Packages accurately reflect skilling needs ‘on the ground’.

2019 has also been a pivotal year for the national VET system with a number of policy and structural reform processes underway.

Emeritus Professor Tracey Horton AO, the new Chair of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee, addresses IRC Chairs at their meeting with the AISC on 4 December.

AIS is committed to being a strong participant in these processes, offering our deep in-house experience and insight to help build a better VET system, and one that quickly and effectively delivers the skills that industry needs.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Emeritus Professor Tracey Horton AO on her appointment as the new Chair of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) and wish her well in leading the work of the AISC at this time of significant transformation. I also want to thank Professor John Pollaers OAM for his great work as the Chair of the AISC, and his significant contribution to the vocational education and training sector.

AIS CEO Robert Adams, IRC Chairs and industry reps join Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash at the Australian Training Awards.

In closing, it was wonderful to be present at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane on 21 November. Events like this remind us of the many successes of the national VET system and the transformational power of skills development, not only for economic growth and productivity, but to create meaningful career pathways for individuals.

On behalf of the AIS team, I extend my best wishes to all our industry stakeholders for a safe and enjoyable festive season.

We look forward to another successful year in 2020.

Best wishes