CEO Update – February 2018

AIS has hit the ground running in 2018 with work in full swing on 29 Training Package development projects and supporting our 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs). The team is also developing Cases for Change proposing future work for a further 15 projects.

AIS has also been busy helping each IRC develop their 2018 IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work. These important documents, which identify the priority skill needs of industry and propose future Training Package development activity, will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee on 30 April.

The 2018 IRC Key Findings Discussion Papers have been developed from industry consultation, a skills survey, and comprehensive research activities undertaken by AIS. There is still time for you to submit feedback on the Key Findings which outline the challenges, opportunities and skills issues facing our industries. The deadline for feedback is 20 February.

This month I am attending a roundtable on International Skills Engagement, hosted by Karen Andrews, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, at Parliament House in Canberra. Discussions will centre on the VET Action Framework for International VET Engagement, aimed at developing Australia’s role as a global leader in VET. We will also be discussing the implementation of International Skills Training (IST) Courses, developed by the Australian Government in response to global skills shortages and which enable offshore business opportunities for Australia’s RTOs.

AIS is contributing to the growth in international skills training by facilitating projects that are part of an overall strategy for international education. The key objectives of this strategy include support to improve access to skilled labour in overseas countries, greater mobility of skilled labour across the region and to promote Australian VET frameworks and products.

We are currently involved in an Aus4Skills program that is helping to develop the first industry-led VET framework in Vietnam. The program draws on AIS’ experience and expertise in industry engagement and supporting Industry Reference Committees. You can read more about this program here.

Finally, I encourage our industry stakeholders to provide feedback on two important areas of VET reform, proposed by the Australian Government, concerning training products and unduly short courses. Your continued input into these and other VET reforms is vital in ensuring high quality training that is responsive to the needs of industry.