The NSW Transport and Logistics Tertiary Pathways Project

AIS is exploring options for the development of career pathways, connecting vocational education and training (VET) and higher education (HE) qualifications, for the Transport and Logistics industry in NSW.

Transport and logistics are changing at a rapid pace as globalisation and emerging technologies affect global supply chains and the job requirements of the industry’s workforce. New technologies such as cloud platforms, big data, robotics and automation, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things are driving significant change, workforce growth and business efficiency across all industries. While this creates opportunities that will drive growth across the economy, there will also be challenges to ensure businesses are ready to embrace change and enable access to a sustainable and high-quality pipeline of workers with the relevant skills.

The industry also faces a recruitment challenge. Attracting and retaining young workers in the sector can be difficult. Career pathways are often not clear and educational opportunities can lack integration, flexibility and a practical approach.

AIS has received funding from the NSW Department of Education and Training to identify opportunities to establish tertiary pathways for the NSW transport and logistics workforce. The Transport and Logistics Tertiary Pathways Project is exploring options for developing new qualifications to meet industry demand and establish industry validated pathways connecting VET and HE qualifications. It will focus on the growing demand by industry for higher-level logistics skills created by the digital economy. It will also provide new and existing workers with an identifiable route to senior management, and options for moving across various sectors of the industry.

At present, the provision of logistics-related HE programs in NSW is very limited. What is offered in several universities undergraduate programs are logistics subjects within other disciplines, e.g. management, business and engineering, and some post graduate studies are available. There are limited opportunities to move between VET and HE. Yet there are opportunities to leverage the high quality of existing offerings in both VET and HE, especially if we also harness our networks of industry expertise. Such collaboration could also inject a more work oriented approach. While the higher order and generic skills can be provided through the HE system, there can be a disconnect between HE and ready-for-employment graduates.

The proposed model for this project integrates VET, HE and industry to meet skills gaps and to provide alternative, work-based pathways to managerial and higher-level positions. Having tertiary pathways, with multiple entry and exit points, will provide clear benefits by way of defined career and development pathways for new entrants and the existing workforce. This will improve recruitment and retention in the industry by offering students, new entrants and existing workers with an identifiable route to senior management.

AIS has established an expert advisory group to provide technical input into the delivery of the project. The membership of the advisory group includes representatives from educational institutions, state government and industry experts. The first meeting will be held this month. Other opportunities for expert input into the development of pathway options will be available via facilitated workshops. For further information contact Leanne Mundy at