This study considers issues pertinent to ensuring the Australian education and training system can respond to emerging skills demand in the following industries: food and agriculture; biotechnology and pharmaceuticals; advanced manufacturing; mining equipment, technology and services; and oil and gas. The report finds a widening gap between education and skills demand and highlights the crucial role of employees in developing a skilled workforce, as well as calling for a shift in thinking about the way skills are generated.
The paper reports on current and future foundation skills demands in the five industries, highlights the problem of persistent foundation skills gaps within the existing workforce and raises concerns about VET workforce capacity to meet demand.
The report can be downloaded from here.
Media release – Gap widening between education and skills demand – 10 October 2014