CEO Update – June 2019

AIS welcomes the Federal Government’s ministerial appointments to the skills and vocational education and training portfolios.

Senator Michaela Cash has been appointed as Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business. She will be supported by Hon Steve Irons MP as Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships.

Following the transfer of portfolio responsibilities, the administration of VET is moving from the Department of Education and Training to the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (DESSFB).

The Government announced several major initiatives in the April budget, in response to the Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) System by The Hon Steven Joyce. A Skills Package: Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow includes funding to establish a National Skills Commission and a National Skills Commissioner, which will work with industry, VET sector and states/territories to develop the model for the commission going forward.

AIS looks forward to working with the Department in progressing VET reforms.  We are committed to maintaining a strong and ongoing partnership with government and industry to ensure that skills standards and training delivery keeps pace with a fast moving and evolving workplace.

An Electrotechnology forum was facilitated by our team in Perth last week. Industry stakeholders and IRC members came together to discuss the major changes to the Electrotechnology Training Package along with opportunities for future skills development. For more information visit the Electrotechnology Training Package project page.

I attended the ARA Rail Industry Networking Dinner in Sydney on Thursday 30 May. The key note speaker Howard Collins, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Trains spoke about the current period being the “Golden Age of Rail” with huge investment being made in new rail infrastructure projects across the country. He highlighted the vital skills challenge for the industry in developing the skills of its current workforce and increasing its focus on attracting young people to the industry. AIS is currently supporting the Rail IRC in Training Package Development Projects to update and streamline Rail Infrastructure qualifications.