CEO Update – October
In a month which has seen the political landscape change somewhat, I wish to extend my congratulations to Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham who was promoted to the position of Minister for Education and Training on 20 September. Furthermore, welcome The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, who was named as the new Minister for Vocational Education and Skills.
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) met with nominated representatives of Advisory Committees from all Industry Skills Councils recently. I attended along with Paul Walsh, General Manager – Training Packages. The TLISC Advisory Committee representatives were:
- Transport and Logistics – Mark McKenzie, ACAPMA
- Rail – Ron Devitt, Transport for NSW
- Maritime – Bob Venema, Farstad Shipping
- Aviation – Doug Nancarrow, Safeskies
I am pleased to announce that Mark and Ron were selected to be part of the Industry Reference Committee Chairs working group to assist the AISC to work through Industry Reference Committee governance arrangements and other issues in preparation for the move to new VET/Training Package arrangements from January 2016.
The Safeskies 2015 Conference was held in Canberra from 23-24 September with the theme ‘Training for change’. Several members of the TLISC team were in attendance and I was also privileged to chair a session on the second day of the event.
In his opening speech at the conference, Deputy Prime Minister the Hon Warren Truss highlighted TLISC’s leadership of the Aviation Workforce Skills Study – an initiative he has commissioned in order to gain a better understanding of the current challenges and future workforce needs of Australia’s diverse aviation industry. A link to Minister Truss’ speech can be found here. Information about the Aviation Workforce Skills Study is available here.
Also in September, I attended the 2015 National VET Conference in Adelaide, hosted by Velg. Alongside Paul Walsh – TLISC’s General Manager, Training Packages – I updated delegates about how TLISC is positioned in the current political climate and introduced them to the TLISC Workforce website. Paul also provided an overview of the progress TLISC has made with its three training packages along including new qualifications and recent endorsements.
Speaking at the Sino-Australia Forum as part of the TAFE Directors Australia conference in Hobart, I had the opportunity to showcase the work TLISC has been undertaking as part of the APEC Transport and Logistics Project. The presentation focussed on the changing nature of supply chains and also included an overview of the project TLISC is working on with government and industry representatives from China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam to develop APEC regional occupational standards for core skills in the transport and logistics industry.
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