From the CEO – September 2015
From the CEO
TLISC submitted an Expression of Interest to perform the role of Skills Service Organisation (SSO) for the industry on 24 August. With the implementation of the new contestable model for the development of training packages the SSOs working with Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) will facilitate the future development of training packages. We are still waiting for more information on our submission and once we are in a position to provide stakeholders with any news I will release an update.
National Skills Week was launched at Parliament House in Sydney on 24 August. The focus of the event was to showcase innovation and student engagement, along with creating awareness of skills needs particularly in areas of emerging opportunity and priority.
The event featured speeches from Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham (Assistant Minister for Education and Training) and The Hon John Barilaro (Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business). National Skills Week brings to life the positive messages that highlight the talents, the skills, the career pathways, and the value of apprentices and trainees across Australia.
On 12 August in Hobart I attended the launch by The Hon Matthew Groom, Minister for State Growth, Energy, Environment, Parks and Heritage of the ‘Transport and Logistics Industry Workforce Plan 2015 – 2018’. In his speech in launching the workforce plan Minister Groom highlighted the critical role the transport and logistics industry has in supporting the Tasmanian economy and that having a highly skilled and efficient workforce is a key factor for the industry to continue to improve its productivity.
The launch was held at the SRT Logistics site at Brighton and coincided with the start of a ‘pre-employment program’ where 11 new entrants to the industry are completing a four week intensive training program to support them to move into full time employment in the industry. SRT Logistics are to be congratulated for this initiative which in previous programs has successfully delivered excellent completion rates leading to participants gaining full time employment in the industry as truck drivers. SRT Logistics were recognised at the 2015 TLISC Awards for Excellence through winning the Innovation & Excellence in Workforce Development – Road Transport Award.
This innovative program has received the support of the Tasmanian Government through Skills Tasmania and with the launch of the Workforce Plan there is the opportunity for the industry to develop a strategic plan to address skills shortages to underpin the growth of the Tasmanian economy. TLISC has played an active role in supporting the industry in Tasmania through performing the secretariat role for Tasmanian Transport & Logistics Workforce Advisory Committee for the last three years.
Last week TLISC hosted a visiting delegation from the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing. This visit follows the signing of a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ between TLISC and CFLP which is the peak body association for the industry in China (please see the newsletter article on the visit).
Last week in Hobart I presented to the Sino-Australian VET Forum which will was held in conjunction with the annual TAFE Directors Conference. The forum provided an overview of the Australian VET system, VET Reform in China and cooperative TVET programs between our two countries. There was significant interest in the work TLISC and the Department of Education and Training are doing with China in the APEC Transport and Logistics project.
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