Thinking ahead to the future of work and changing skills needs was a major focus when Industry Reference Committee (IRC) Chairs came together in Melbourne on 1 September 2017.
Industry leaders representing 64 industry sectors met to discuss future work plan development to ensure Australia has a quality vocational education and training system that meets the needs of both industry and employees. Printing Industries Association of Australia was represented by CEO Andrew Macaulay, who is Chairman of the Printing & Graphic Arts IRC.
Two major research projects commissioned by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee were featured in the discussions: the National Industry Insights Report and the Future Priority Skills Resource. Macaulay commented; “the process is seeking input from industry to ensure certified training is meeting the skills demand of employers.”
These resources will be used by IRCs to help inform their thinking and assist in the development of their future industry skills forecasts. Evidence based research coupled with grass roots industry intelligence, is critical for guiding and developing nationally recognised training to serve Australia now and into the future.
The day concluded with smaller group discussions focussed on preparing for the next Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work. IRCs will submit their future work plans in April 2018.