CEO Update – July 2020

Industry intelligence, data analytics and research are today more important than ever. Real-time evidence supports the tools to help decision-makers, businesses and employees to focus on the skills needed now, and as businesses and the economy recover from COVID-19.

The National Skills Commission, which formally commenced on 1 July, has released its first publication, A snapshot in time: Australia’s Labour Market and COVID-19. The report explores matching skills and jobs post the COVID-19 pandemic. It notes that as Australia starts to recover from the effects of the pandemic, there will be challenges and difficult times ahead. But there will also be opportunities. We can hasten recovery by understanding where jobs are growing and ensuring our workforce has the necessary skills for those jobs.

Research, analysis and industry consultation is core business for AIS. Through our support to 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) we capture intelligence about current and future skill needs. This work focuses on understanding the nature and timing of emerging workforce trends. And timing is critical. AIS in the unique position of being able to access industry intelligence in real-time and accurately identify emerging needs, working with industry through the VET system to drive the change to meet these needs. The outcome is the development of occupational standards, represented as qualifications or discrete Skill Sets that underpin training courses through Training Packages.

As a result of our work, I am pleased to report that following the 2020 Skills Forecasts updates submitted by the IRCs we support, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has approved seven new projects to develop new skills standards. These projects fall across a range of important sectors, including correctional services, Defence and the rail sectors.

The last few months has also seen our capability in research and data analysis extending into our work in Vietnam. AIS Global, our business unit, has been engaging with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) to support the recovery efforts for the logistics industry. This is part of an Aus4Skills Program, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), where AIS Global staff are supporting the development of an industry-led VET system.

Finally, I would like to highlight that applications for the 2020 Australian Training Awards have been extended to 19 July. I encourage industry and RTO stakeholders alike to consider applying. It would be a fantastic outcome to see one of the 11 sectors we support represented on the winner’s podium in Melbourne on 20 November.

Robert Adams