It was fantastic to get together with like-minded training professionals at the National ACPET conference last week in Fremantle.
Over the two days we heard from a number of speakers across different industry areas and were lucky enough to have representation from both the Federal Minister and Shadow Minister. The key messages came across loud and clear and included the following
- The current VET system is badly in need of an overhaul as employers are not getting job ready graduates of VET programs; productivity in the workforce is decreasing and this needs to be addressed. Both major political parties are working together to improve the system with a number of initiatives. They admit they have dropped the ball with the VET sector, but agree that now more than ever, developing a skilled workforce is pivotal to the economic future of Australia.
- There is a lack of understanding about the current LLN issues facing us as a working nation.
- Poor quality RTOs are increasing the need for additional governance, yet the system is already bound in red tape and subject to too much change
- The future for VET training lies in building stronger partnerships with employers. This means being more innovative with the way we design and deliver our programs to support a rapidly changing workforce.
- We are unsure what skills will be required in the next 5 years, but we do know that in 2020 and 2050 Australia will have a skills shortage
- Our future training markets are in Asia, Malaysia and China. Our close proximity to these areas places us in the perfect position to assist them with their education needs In the next 5 years 1 in 4 jobs will be in the Health and Aged Care sector. This is a rapidly growing sector and we will be challenged by finding enough workers to meet the demands.
All in all it was a great 2 days, with one thing for sure – we are entering an interesting time in the VET sector which should look very different in 5 years time