The Hon Brendan O’Connor MP is in Adelaide this morning at AIEC 2023 and this content has been a long time brewing about jobs, skills & VET in Australia.
Building upon the need for:
Outlined in this blog from February 2022 on, What will Unemployment Rates With a 3 in Front of it do for Labour and Skills Shortages in Australia?
In the blog, Fostering a collaborative, diverse and inclusive entrepreneurial community – understanding development needs of entrepreneurs with opportunities for TAFEs and VET (November 2022) I suggested:
Recommendations for Australian VET System Reform and VET Workforce Blueprint (June 2023) included:
Get Insights from ASK JAMES PALMERS AI Chatbot on Working Future: The Australian Government’s White Paper on Jobs and Opportunities (September 2023), covering the questions that people asked and key themes.
With recent announcements by Ministers on Stamping out dodgy VET providers (again) and the Address to the National Press Club – Skilling the Nation for the Future, Brendan says,
“Vocational education and training must be held in the same high public esteem as a university pathway – just as it is in countries such as Germany and Switzerland.”
But that means deeply understanding how the system works in these countries. In Germany, an industry organisation undertakes the assessment, at arms length from the training provider and this means they are jointly responsible for quality. Curriculum content is chunked up, meaning it can work for around 5 years, there is no fully off the job or fully on the job training, only the dual system, which is on and off the job training combined, and apprenticeships are just about legislated for employers and industry. So this would mean big changes in Australia’s VET system which I believe we need to test out, but also take good practices from globally leading countries.
Finally, I’ve observed an avoidance of a discussion around the impact of generative AI on the nitty gritty of jobs, skills and the VET system, and whilst is has been identified as a mega trend, I was surprised to hear that ‘clerk’ (such an old fashioned term) would be a high demand job role for the next 10 years or so at a recent Jobs and Skills Australia presentation.
We will be able to easily analyse the duplication in units of competency and qualifications, generate real time skills, customised and draw upon international skills frameworks, utilising generative AI. And we are trialling AI enhanced strategic workforce planning and development, so please feel free to get in touch, share this email and blogs, plus let me know what you think in a positive, constructive way.
Australia’s international reputation in VET/TVET, workforce planning and development needs to be lifted. I believe we need to recast the National Workforce Strategy 2022-27, build out possible scenarios, and choose a scenario that is preferred that all stakeholders can get behind, which is informed by global good practice, and realises that skills are not ‘Australian’ but international. Hence we should be drawing upon existing skills libraries and work from the EU, USA, Canade, UK, Singapore, NZ, as well as CEDEFOP, the UN, ILO and OECD.
Hope this prompts some discussion and questions, as well as thinking into action, thanks.
PS. Skills passport is a 20 year old idea… can’t see much innovation with this idea & what problem is it solving?
Wendy Perry, Managing Director, Workforce BluePrint
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