CEO Update – July 2019

Responding to the 2019 Skills Forecasts & Proposed Schedule of Work submitted by the Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) we support, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has approved 24 projects for Training Package review and development in Aviation, Correctional Services, Maritime, Water, Public Safety, Rail, Transport and Logistics, Gas and Electricity Supply.

These projects will address each industry’s emerging skills priorities, including occupational or technological changes, regulatory and legislative changes.

At the AISC meeting on 5 June 2019, Mary McDonald, First Assistant Secretary of the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business acknowledged the valuable contributions IRCs make to the training system.

The IRCs and AIS look forward to collaborating widely with industry stakeholders on the new projects. We want to ensure that Training Packages and qualifications meet the needs of your industry. Proposals for another eight projects will be considered by the AISC over the next two months. See the approved projects for your industry here.

Summaries and full versions of the 2019 IRC Skills Forecasts are available to download on our website.

AIS has met with State Training Authority representatives in all eight jurisdictions over the past few months. This dialogue ensures we understand local workforce development priorities and implementation issues. We discussed the key high-level messages and specific State and Territory issues that were raised by stakeholders at the AIS Industry Skills Forums held around the country last year. We look forward to ongoing conversations with all STAs.

Last week, together with my colleagues Greg Spence and Paschal Somers, I attended the Royal Aeronautical Society’s annual Aviation Safety Forum in Sydney. This event brings together leaders from the Aviation Industry to discuss how the industry can continue to focus on strategies to improve safety. This year the key topics included mental health and substance dependence, managing risk in an uncertain environment and the complex threat posed to the industry by cyber security breaches.

A highlight at the event was an address by Captain Lisa Norman who is Qantas’ 787 chief pilot and who commanded the first non-stop Perth-to-London flight. Captain Norman spoke about the many hurdles she overcame to achieve her aspiration to become a professional pilot.

Another woman at the top of her profession is Sondra Kremerskothen, Linfox Australia Group Manager Training, who won the Excellence in Road Transport award at the 2019 Women in Industry Awards, held in Melbourne on 6 June. Congratulations to Sondra!

Sondra manages 30 trainers, administrators and managers across five sites throughout Australia. By modernising training, she helped improve safety and productivity while meeting compliance requirements, as well as influencing positive employee behaviour and attitudes. She leads a female-driver program, which trains and licenses women to be heavy vehicle drivers.

Captain Norman and Sandra are great examples of how women are breaking through the glass ceiling to develop careers in non-traditional roles and advancing to leadership positions.

The 28th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’ is being held in Adelaide this week from 10–12 July. The event is being co-hosted by NCVER and TAFE SA. ‘No Frills’ is a well-known annual national conference where researchers, practitioners, providers, government and industry representatives come together and share knowledge, ideas, insights and solutions surrounding Australia’s VET sector. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘The student journey: skilling for life’. We are delighted that AIS employees Morteza Hajizadeh (Research Associate) & Kevin O’Leary (Data and Systems Analyst) will be presenting at the conference on Life skills for a digital future.


Header image: Robert Adams, AIS CEO, Doug Nancarrow, Aviation IRC Member and Greg Spence, AIS Industry Manager at the Royal Aeronautical  Society’s annual Aviation Safety Forum.