Join industry leaders in discussions at the upcoming AIS Industry Skills Forums on what skills will be required by Australia’s workforce in the digital age. In Canberra on 11 September, the panellists include one of the world’s experts on port management and logistics, Professor Devinder Grewal. He will be joined by leaders focused on business, innovation, defence, energy and safety.
Each forum will explore how digital transformation is impacting industry and what businesses can do to ensure their workforce is prepared for change. Following the panel discussions, there will be a industry-specific break-out sessions to discuss and debate the challenges and possible solutions to skills shortages. Attendees will discuss higher-order skills for the workplace (such as management capability); cyber security; regulatory frameworks; environmental sustainability; and workforce profile and staff retention issues (including an ageing workforce and cross sector competition for staff).
Moderating discussions at these national Skills Forums is journalist and author Kerry O’Brien. Kerry is one of Australia’s most distinguished and respected journalists with six Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism including the Gold Walkley, and the Walkley for Outstanding Leadership. Other industry awards include a Logie for public affairs coverage.
Kerry will lead two Q&A style panels in each capital city, kicking off in Canberra at the Crowne Plaza on 11 September. The make-up of the Industry Panel for the Canberra event is:
PANEL 1 – FUTURE SKILLING OUR PEOPLE IN AN AGE OF DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
Mr Petr Adamek
Canberra Innovation Network
Professor Devinder Grewal
Academic Director and Head of Discipline
Operations and Logistics Management
Australian Institute of Business
Ms Jenny Lambert
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
PANEL 2 – INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP – NEW THINKING ABOUT JOBS AND CAREERS
Ms Lynda Douglas
Director National Skills Framework
Department of Defence
Dr Stuart Johnston
Executive Director, Assets & Network Transformation
Energy Networks Association
Mr Nat Nagy
Executive Director, Transport Safety
Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Prior to his current role at the Australian Institute of Business, Professor Devinder Grewal was Chair Professor of Port Management at the World Maritime University, a specialist agency of the UN located in Malmo, Sweden. He has directly seen the impacts of technology change on the ports and maritime sectors and says that “the industry needs to continue to engage directly with policy makers and those developing training standards to ensure future planning for skills is relevant and meets the needs of businesses and our workers”.
Professor Grewal will join Petr Adamek from the Canberra Innovation Network and Jenny Lambert from the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to discuss the impact of new technologies on business. With small businesses in particular facing challenges ensuring their workers are appropriately skilled to meet the demands of digital transformation, they will explore what can be done to help these businesses remain competitive.
The events are attracting participants from across the following sectors: aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, energy, water and utilities, public safety, police, fire, Defence and corrections. Educators and training providers are also expected to attend to talk about the role that the VET and Higher Education sector can play in skilling our workforce.
Following the panel discussions, participants will have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders and other members of their sector to talk about skills and workforce challenges and discuss opportunities for ‘future-skilling’ employees. During these breakout sessions, participants can directly influence the development of the annual Skills Forecast process – which are key pieces of intelligence that Government relies on to set policy.
For the full program and to register for these free events in your capital city go to www.futureskilling.org.au. You can follow the conversation online by using #futureskilling