CEO Update – May 2019

The 2019 IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work for each Industry Reference Committee (IRC) we support has been submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). These important documents prioritise the skill needs of each industry sector and propose future Training Package development activity to improve skills outcomes. They are the result of comprehensive industry engagement, research and analysis.

IRC Chairs, Deputy Chairs and IRC representatives came together in Melbourne last week to officially launch both the Skills Forecasts and the Future Skilling our Workforce booklet, which outlines the outcomes from the Industry Skills Forums and the associated leader’s dinners held nationally throughout late 2018.

The launch was followed by a discussion, facilitated by SBS journalist Ricardo Goncalves, about a range of policy, skills and workforce development issues impacting our 11 sectors. These talks reinforced the common themes and messages identified in the Skills Forecasts and Skills Forum booklet. Outcomes from the talks will provide a platform for the 2019 intelligence gathering activities of all eleven IRCs that AIS supports. AIS looks forward to continuing the conversation with all industry stakeholders.

Thanks again to everyone who provided input and feedback during the consultation and development phases of the Skills Forecasts. There is more information  in this month’s article from Chief Operating Officer, Paul Walsh. Read the article and view the IRC Skills Forecast for your industry.

The Case for Endorsement and Training Package materials for the Public Safety Training Package Transition project have been submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee. The materials include new qualifications, Skill Sets and Units of Competency for use across public safety sectors. For more information, view the project page.

Worldskills Australia has selected an elite team of 40 people, including 15 young competitors and 25 experts and officials, who will proudly represent our nation at the 45th Worldskills International Championships in Kazan, Russia from 22-27 August. Congratulations to all Australian team members for winning the Australian World Skills competition and now going on to compete for recognition as the best apprentice in their trade area.

Good luck to all team members, particularly to Anthony Cobb who will compete in the Electrical Installation sector, and Patrick Brennan who will compete in the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning sector. Read Patricks’s story and more about the WorldSkills International Championships.

Nominations for the 2019 Australian Training Awards are now open and I encourage industry and RTO stakeholders alike to consider applying. It would be a fantastic outcome to see our sectors represented in November. Read the article.

On 15 April, I had the opportunity to present to a visiting Indian Government Delegation on the Australian industry-led VET system. The delegation included Mr Rakesh Malhotra, Consul General for India in Melbourne and representatives from the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Sector Skill Councils and WorldSkills India. The delegation was very interested in developing a higher-level understanding of the role of Industry Reference Committees, Service Skills Organisations and how training providers, like Kangan Bendigo TAFE (who hosted the event at their Docklands campus), deliver training to their students. I was joined by Jen Bahen, Director International Engagement, TAFE Directors Australia and Juliana Potulic from IBSA.

NCVER have released a research report. The study explores the current digital skills demand and supply situation in Australia’s workforce. The research investigated the skills impact of digitalisation on two industry sectors—transport and logistics, and public safety and correctional services—as well as the wider workforce. The research culminated in a proposed Australian workplace digital skills framework to help identify digital skills gaps among Australian industries and workforces to enable the development of appropriate training programs. Thank you to AIS staff who made significant contributions to the development of this report. Read the full report.