Building a Stronger Future: The Launch of Jobs and Skills Council and the Call for Contributions
Australia is taking strides towards a more skilled and resilient workforce. The recent establishment of the Agribusiness Job and Skills Council (JSC) and the release of a discussion paper on Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) are two significant milestones in this journey.
Skills Impact has been awarded a stage one establishment contract and is working towards launching the JSC, known as Skills Insight. This new council will have a broader scope to deliver outcomes that support a responsive Vocational Education and Training (VET) system and a skilled national workforce.
Skills Insight will service industries across the agribusiness supply chain, including primary production, plants and animals, forestry and timber, textiles, clothing and footwear and furnishings, as well as emerging industries such as natural resource security and environmental management. The collaboration will be at the heart of Skills Insight’s approach, and together with employers, unions, registered training organisations (RTOs), and other JSCs, the council will provide strategic leadership, aligning efforts across industries to improve system responsiveness and build stakeholder confidence.
The council will perform several functions, including workforce planning, training product development, implementation, promotion and monitoring, and industry stewardship. A website for Skills Insight will be available in the coming months, and current subscribers of Skills Impact will continue to receive updates through the newsletter.
Shape the Future of Jobs and Skills Australia: A Call to Action
The Australian government has released a discussion paper calling for input on the future arrangements of Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA). As a key priority of the government and a vital part of addressing national skills needs, the input of all stakeholders is crucial in shaping the future of JSA.
Minister for Skills and Training, Brendan O’Connor, recognises the importance of JSA in driving Australia’s skills development and workforce productivity. The government’s call for feedback reflects its commitment to ensuring that JSA remains relevant and effective in addressing the current and future needs of the country’s workforce.
Stakeholders from all sectors are encouraged to contribute their thoughts and suggestions on the future of JSA. This includes representatives from state and territory governments, employer bodies, unions, tertiary providers, and community organisations. The government is eager to hear from all perspectives, as they believe that a collective effort is needed to build a strong and resilient skills and jobs sector.
The discussion paper provides a platform for stakeholders to share their views on the role and functions of JSA, as well as its future direction and priorities. This includes exploring ways to improve the responsiveness of JSA to the evolving needs of the workforce and the economy and ways to enhance its impact and effectiveness in promoting skills development and job creation.
The government’s call for feedback on JSA is an opportunity for stakeholders to have a say in the future of Australia’s skills and jobs sector. The input received will be used to inform the development of a comprehensive plan for JSA that will ensure its continued relevance and impact in supporting the country’s skills and workforce development.
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