The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-12-07T00:07:03Z New CEO takes the reins at AIS 2020-12-07T00:07:03Z new-ceo-takes-the-reins-at-ais-2 New CEO takes the reins at Australian Industry Standards Key points ·        Australian Industry Standards welcomes Paul Walsh as its new CEO. ·        Paul’s focus for AIS is to build on its strong legacy of skilling Australia’s workforce, through well informed, innovative and targeted skills solutions to support life-long learning. ·        Paul has a strong foundation of knowledge from business operations, international workforce development and leading organisational change. Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is delighted to welcome Paul Walsh as its new CEO. Paul has been a key member of the AIS executive and leadership team over the past 8 years including 4 years as its Chief Operating Officer. He has distinguished himself as an energetic and visionary leader and brings with him a comprehensive knowledge of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system and policy. Announcing the appointment, AIS Board Chair Laurie D’Apice said “Paul is ideally placed to take over the responsibility and see the organisation forward on its journey as a leading skills service provider to support industry with its workforce development needs and the Australian economy more broadly. Paul has a strong focus and proven ability in building connections across a range of key industries and stakeholders to support skills development and to contribute positively to Australia’s workforce capability.’  “Paul’s strong track record of accomplishments includes his work on the international stage, most notably in the Pacific Alliance, APEC and IORA regions, where he has supported skills development and promoted the Australian VET system. Paul’s diverse background, including over 30 years in the transport industry from operational roles to company owner, also brings a strong understanding of business needs.”  “I am honored and looking forward to leading AIS as it takes on its next journey to support Australia’s training needs post COVID-19. I am focused on further building our expertise and strong industry connections to deliver innovative approaches to support the workforce of the future’, said Paul Walsh. “The team at AIS is committed to making a real difference to people’s lives and supporting the life-long learning continuum. I will continue to set a high bar to ensure we deliver our vision to skill Australia’s workforce, for better lives and a sustainable and prosperous nation.” The AIS Board extends its thanks to former CEO Robert Adams for his many achievements during his long tenure with the business and wishes him all the best in his retirement.   About AIS AIS is an independent, not-for-profit Skills Service Organisation supporting industry and government to solve the emerging and future skills challenges facing Australia’s businesses. AIS is focused on future skilling Australia’s workforce. Working in partnership with industry, the vocational education and training sector and government, it aims to further Australia’s prosperity and competitiveness through life-long learning of Australians. AIS works under the leadership of 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) representing the aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, energy, water and utilities, public safety, police, fire, defence and corrections sectors. Together these industries keep Australia productive, powered and secure.   AIS transforms careers through the power of skills and draws on its world-class, in-house technical expertise – built over more than 20 years – and extensive industry networks throughout Australia, to deliver solutions for industry. It undertakes research and data analysis to inform intelligence modelling; develop priority training package products, as well as skills and workforce development solutions – nationally and across the globe. Visit our Website for more information Home - Australian Industry Standards     Biography – Paul Walsh Paul Walsh is the Chief Executive Officer of Australian Industry Standards (AIS). He has been a member of the AIS executive and leadership team since 2012, previously leading its operations and overseeing the newly established AIS Global business unit. He previously held positions in transport and logistics industry operations both as an employee and as a company owner amassing more than 30 years of experience.  Paul was instrumental in seeing AIS expand its portfolio in 2016 to 11 industry sectors and establishing new working arrangements for Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) for the respective training package development. He oversaw the management of these IRCs, while also providing strategic advice to government on ongoing improvement measures for the Australian VET system. Paul has built strong enduring relationships with key industry stakeholders – from grass-root enterprises to the bigger end of business, regulators and representatives of Federal and State Governments. Paul has extensive experience in International Skills Capability Building Projects involving the establishment of skills recognition frameworks and enabling infrastructure needs across APEC, IORA and Pacific Alliance regions. These frameworks have been developed with a strong focus on developing current and future skills through industry engagement.         Continuing the Conversation 2019-05-05T22:55:01Z continuing-the-conversation In the changing world of work, forecasting “future skills” is vital to ensure people are trained appropriately now, and for the future. Australian Industry Standards (AIS) on behalf of the Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) it supports produce annual Skills Forecasts to report on industry outlook, new and emerging skills and associated training needs for each sector they represent.   Facilitated by SBS journalist Ricardo Goncalves, AIS will host an event in Melbourne this week with representatives from all 11 IRCs it supports. The event will co-launch the 2019 draft IRC Skills Forecasts and a special eBook titled - Future Skilling Our Workforce – a national conversation. The launch will be followed by a round of discussions about skills and workforce policy impacting the 11 industries.   The eBook is the culmination of a round of national Industry Skills Forums and Industry Leaders’ Dinners held by AIS in late 2018. It outlines a series of key messages that arose from these consultations with industry and highlights the importance of a continuing conversation at the leadership level about cross-industry workforce development issues.   Other messages addressed in the eBook include: the demand for more effective pathways between the Vocational Education and Training (VET) and University sectors; the role that digital transformation might play in flexible working arrangements for women juggling family responsibilities; and that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to the delivery of education and training in a country that is so geographically and culturally diverse.   This event in Melbourne provides a rare opportunity for representatives of all 11 IRCs to be present in one room to harness their collective experience and insights. The industries covered by these IRCs include: aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, energy, water and utilities, public safety, police, fire, Defence and corrections. With such a diverse portion of Australia’s workforce represented, the conversation will provide a platform for this group of leaders to talk about the role of industry moving forward in a world of change – whether it be policy change, digital change impacting job roles or other demographic change in the workforce.   The eBook can be accessed at www.futureskilling.org.au/ebook.   The 2019 IRC Skills Forecasts were submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) on Tuesday, 30 April 2019. To view the 2019 draft IRC Skills Forecasts visit the AIS website.   Information release: AIS hosts Australian Government-funded delegation strengthening Australia's partnership with Vietnam 2019-02-21T05:29:38Z information-release-ais-hosts-delegation-strengthening-partnership-with-vietnam AIS will host a high-level Vietnamese delegation this month as part of an Aus4Skills program aimed at establishing an industry-led approach to skills development in the vocational education training (VET) system in Vietnam. The Australian Government-funded Aus4Skills positions Australia and Vietnam as partners in achieving the shared goal that Vietnam can access and use high-level professional and technical knowledge, skills and competencies to contribute to the country’s sustainable economic and social development, and enduring links with Australia. Under the Promoting Industry Linkages with Vocational Education and Training component of Aus4Skills, Australia seeks to assist Vietnam in ensuring the quality of the VET system and its graduates meets the requirements of the labour market. The logistics sector has been selected as the pilot industry in the Aus4Skills program because it is important not only to Vietnam’s economic development but for Australia’s trade with Vietnam. Activities have been designed to improve the relevance and quality of skills training for the logistics industry in Vietnam. The assistance also improves access to skilled labour in overseas countries, supports greater mobility of skilled labour across the region and promotes Australian VET frameworks and products. In late 2018, members of AIS’ new AIS Global team delivered a series of workshops in Vietnam. This work was designed to provide technical advice on the operationalisation of the pilot Logistics Industry Reference Committee (LIRC), its Executive Board and secretariat as well as for building capability in developing effective Occupational Standards. The workshops include strategies for collecting and using industry intelligence and developing communications strategies for stakeholder engagement. The next phase of the program is a short study program targeting the transport and logistics sectors that will include visits to Toll Logistics and TAFE NSW campuses in Sydney and a visit to the Transport Industries Skills Centre in Canberra. The delegation consisting of 16 participants from industry and VET colleges will be hosted by AIS from 22 February to 1 March. The delegates will also attend presentations by Australian Department of Education officials, My Freight Career and the Chair of the Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee, Mark McKenzie.   The study program aims to give the delegates an understanding of the functions of the Australian industry-led VET system; the principles of social inclusion as practiced in Australian industry skills training delivery; and the institutional framework relevant for industry sector skills planning. AIS has a strong reputation for developing industry intelligence, as evidenced by the highly regarded IRC Skills Forecasts that are produced annually. AIS Global representatives are continuing to draw on this experience and will share learnings with our Vietnamese counterparts during their upcoming visit and during further workshops planned in Vietnam throughout 2019. A small group of Vietnamese officials will return to Australia in mid-2019 for an intense ‘on the job’ training opportunity with AIS staff. The Aus4Skills program is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and managed by Coffey International Development. For more information please contact Leanne Mundy, Business Manager, AIS Global on 0419 416 805 or Leanne.mundy@aisglobal.org.au   Industry Forum in Perth to focus on future Skills 2018-11-04T23:11:56Z industry-forum-in-perth-to-focus-on-future-skills Perth businesses and industry representatives, training and education providers, and Government leaders will come together for an Industry Skills Forum at the Hilton Hotel on 8 November to discuss future skilling the workforce. With digital transformation and new technologies rapidly changing the employment landscape and the skills required for work, businesses and education providers are seeking ways to ensure workers are prepared for change.   Hosted by prominent journalist and author Kerry O'Brien, the free forum will involve industry leaders in Q&A panel discussions about future skilling in an age of digital transformation and new thinking about jobs and careers.  Many businesses in Perth have put digital transformation at the top of their organisational agenda to benefit from the rapid acceleration of new technologies and innovations across industry. Leveraging the opportunities of digital transformation will help the city remain an economically resilient and prosperous city. The Perth Industry Skills Forum is among a series being conducted by Australian Industry Standards across the country until November. Over 220 people have already registered to attend the forum, where they will have the opportunity to talk about the skills shortages and workforce challenges facing their industry.   Technologies such as automation, artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, and Big Data have already created a significant overhaul in job descriptions and functions. Many people are working at jobs that did not exist even five years ago. Similarly, many more jobs will be created in the next five to ten years which require different skills sets. With 40% of jobs affected by digital transformation, upskilling or reskilling the current and future workforce is an absolute necessity. The ability to anticipate and prepare for future skills requirements, job content, and changing labour markets and recruitment patterns is increasingly critical for businesses, governments and individuals. Businesses will need to put workforce planning, training and talent management front and centre of their growth.   Following the panel discussions there will be industry-specific break-out sessions focused on emerging skill needs and the barriers and opportunities to recruiting skilled employees.  Participants will discuss higher-order skills for the workplace (such as management capability); cyber security; regulatory frameworks; environmental sustainability; and workforce profile and staff retention issues (including an ageing workforce and cross sector competition for staff). AIS is a Service Skills Organisation that supports Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) in developing qualifications and skills standards for the aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, energy, water and utilities, public safety, police, Defence and corrections industries. Collectively these industries cover more than 1.3 million workers or almost 10% of the Australian workforce. More significantly, these workers add $174 billion to the Australian economy – or 11% of GDP. AIS will draw on information gathered at the skills forums to influence policy on skills and workforce development. This is presented to the Federal Government in key documents called Industry Skills Forecasts.   The Skills Forums are being held in each capital city around the country from September to November. The event in Perth will be held at the Pamelia Hilton Hotel on Thursday, 8 November. INDUSTRY LEADERS TO DISCUSS FUTURE SKILLS 2018-10-26T02:17:52Z industry-leaders-to-discuss-future-skills Industry leaders across 11 key sectors will meet with the Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations and Minister for Women, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer to discuss skills and workforce issues in Melbourne next week. Hosted by Australian Industry Standards (AIS), the dinner meeting will be facilitated by prominent journalist and author Kerry O’Brien and will focus on future skilling the workforce. Leaders from Industry, Government, the education sector, and unions will discuss skills – now and for the future, challenges and opportunities in building a highly productive workforce and ensuring Australia remains globally competitive. The Melbourne leaders’ meeting is part of a series of forum consultations that AIS is holding across the country to explore future skilling in an age of digital transformation and new thinking about jobs and careers. AIS is a Service Skills Organisation that supports Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) in developing qualifications and skills standards for the aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, energy, water and utilities, public safety, police, Defence and corrections industries. Collectively these industries employ almost 10% of the Australian workforce, adding $174 billion to the Australian economy. With the rapid growth in technology set to continue dramatically, the work profile of nearly every job is being affected. This digital transformation is bringing about efficiencies in productivity, but it impacts people and has led to skills gaps that can be difficult for businesses of all sizes to navigate. The message from the forums is clear – industry and the tertiary sector, particularly Vocational Education and Training providers, need to work together to ensure our workforce is prepared for the future. Big issues like supporting career choice for young people, increasing participation by women in the workforce and improving digital literacy skills will need to be tackled. AIS will draw on the intelligence gathered through these consultations to influence skills and workforce development policy. This is presented to the Federal Government in key documents called IRC Skills Forecasts. AIS is holding eight Industry Skills Forums across the country, with the dinner meetings preceding each forum. The Melbourne forum on 30 October will be live streamed. For more information and to register for the free Industry Skills Forums go to www.futureskilling.org.au Industry Skills Forum in Darwin to focus on Future Skills 2018-10-05T02:35:23Z industry-skills-forum-in-darwin-to-focus-on-future-skills Darwin businesses and industry representatives, training and education providers, students and Government leaders will come together for an Industry Skills Forum at the Hilton Hotel on 16 October to discuss future skilling the workforce. With digital transformation and new technologies rapidly changing the employment landscape and the skills required for work, businesses and education providers are seeking ways to ensure workers are prepared for change.   Hosted by prominent journalist and author Kerry O'Brien, the free forum will involve industry leaders in Q&A panel discussions about future skilling in an age of digital transformation and new thinking about jobs and careers.  In business and industry circles, Darwin is described as Australia's gateway to South East Asia and the world’s largest emerging markets.  It offers world-leading expertise in specialist fields including Defence, oil and gas, and renewable energy. The city is leveraging digital technologies to maintain a strong economy while supporting creativity, innovation, and servicing the community. Global best-practice in the use of technology is one of the keys to a sustainable competitive advantage and to making Darwin a better place to live, invest, and work. The Darwin Industry Skills Forum is among a series being conducted by Australian Industry Standards across the country until November.   Over 1280 people have already registered their attendance at the forums, where they will have the opportunity to talk about the skills shortages and workforce challenges facing their industry. Technologies such as automation, artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, and Big Data have already created a significant overhaul in job descriptions and functions. Many people are working at jobs that did not exist even five years ago. Similarly, many more jobs will be created in the next five to ten years which require different skills sets. With 40% of jobs affected by digital transformation, upskilling or reskilling the current and future workforce is an absolute necessity. The ability to anticipate and prepare for future skills requirements, job content, and changing labour markets and recruitment patterns is increasingly critical for businesses, governments and individuals. Businesses will need to put workforce planning, training and talent management front and centre of their growth.   Following the panel discussions at each forum there will be industry-specific break-out sessions focused on emerging skill needs and the barriers and opportunities to recruiting skilled employees.  Participants will discuss higher-order skills for the workplace (such as management capability); cyber security; regulatory frameworks; environmental sustainability; and workforce profile and staff retention issues (including an ageing workforce and cross sector competition for staff). AIS is a Service Skills Organisation that supports Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) in developing qualifications and skills standards for the aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, energy, water and utilities, public safety, police, Defence and corrections industries. Collectively these industries cover more than 1.3 million workers or almost 10% of the Australian workforce. More significantly, these workers add $174 billion to the Australian economy – or 11% of GDP. Digital Transformation And New Technologies Are Rapidly Changing The Employment Landscape 2018-09-19T00:00:50Z digital-transformation-and-new-technologies-are-rapidly-changing-the-employment-landscape Sydney businesses, training and education providers, students and Government leaders will come together at the Hilton Hotel next week to discuss future skills in the workforce. With digital transformation and new technologies rapidly changing the employment landscape and the skills required for work, businesses and education providers are seeking ways to ensure workers are prepared for change.  Hosted by prominent journalist and author Kerry O'Brien, the free forum will involve industry leaders in Q&A panel discussions about future skilling in an age of digital transformation and new thinking about jobs and careers.  Sydney is regarded as a ‘smart city’ and is ranked as one of the most innovative in the Asia-Pacific, based on global integration, technology advancement and human talent. It is home to industry- led innovation and start-up hubs and boasts numerous world-class research centres.  The Sydney Industry Skills Forum is the third of a series being conducted by Australian Industry Standards across the country until November.  Over 1200 people have already registered their attendance at the forums, where they will have the opportunity to talk about the skills shortages and workforce challenges facing their industry. Technologies such as automation, artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, and Big Data have already created a significant overhaul in job descriptions and functions. Many people are working at jobs that did not exist even five years ago. Similarly, many more jobs will be created in the next five to ten years which require different skills sets. With 40% of jobs affected by digital transformation, upskilling or reskilling the current and future workforce is an absolute necessity. The ability to anticipate and prepare for future skills requirements, job content, and changing labour markets and recruitment patterns is increasingly critical for businesses, governments and individuals. Businesses will need to put workforce planning, training and talent management front and centre of their growth.  Following the panel discussions at each forum there will be industry-specific break-out sessions focused on emerging skill needs and the barriers and opportunities to recruiting skilled employees.  Participants will discuss higher-order skills for the workplace (such as management capability); cyber security; regulatory frameworks; environmental sustainability; and workforce profile and staff retention issues (including an ageing workforce and cross sector competition for staff). Australian Industry Standards is a Service Skills Organisation that supports Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) in developing qualifications and skills standards for the aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, energy, water and utilities, public safety, police, Defence and corrections industries. Collectively these industries cover more than 1.3 million workers or almost 10% of the Australian workforce. More significantly, these workers add $174 billion to the Australian economy – or 11% of GDP. Australian Industry Standards will draw on information gathered at the skills forums to influence policy on skills and workforce development. This is presented to the Federal Government in key documents called Industry Skills Forecasts.  The Skills Forums are being held in each capital city around the country from September to November. The event in Sydney will be held at the Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, 26 September. For more information and to register for these free events go to www.futureskilling.org.au  You can follow the conversation online by using #futureskilling.    Digital transformation and new technologies changing the future skills of the workforce 2018-09-17T05:37:59Z digital-transformation-and-new-technologies-changing-the-future-skills-of-the-workforce-1 Brisbane businesses, training and education providers, students and Government leaders will come together at the International Convention Centre this week to discuss future skills in the workforce. With digital transformation and new technologies rapidly changing the employment landscape and the skills required for work, businesses and education providers are seeking ways to ensure workers are prepared for change. Hosted by prominent journalist and author Kerry O'Brien, the free forum will involve industry leaders in Q&A panel discussions about future skilling in an age of digital transformation and new thinking about jobs and careers.  Brisbane is well advanced in the digital transformation journey to becoming an efficient, inclusive and prosperous smart city. Innovation is seen as critical to the city’s economic growth and a major stimulant to job creation. Digital transformation will empower businesses to thrive in a globally-connected, digitally-enabled world. The Brisbane Industry Skills Forum is the second of a series being conducted by Australian Industry Standards across the country until November.  Over 1200 people have already registered their attendance at the forums, where they will have the opportunity to talk about the skills shortages and workforce challenges facing their industry. Technologies such as automation, artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, and Big Data have already created a significant overhaul in job descriptions and functions. Many people are working at jobs that did not exist even five years ago. Similarly, many more jobs will be created in the next five to ten years which require different skills sets. With 40% of jobs affected by digital transformation, upskilling or reskilling the current and future workforce is an absolute necessity. The ability to anticipate and prepare for future skills requirements, job content, and changing labour markets and recruitment patterns is increasingly critical for businesses, governments and individuals. Businesses will need to put workforce planning, training and talent management front and centre of their growth.  Following the panel discussions at each forum there will be industry-specific break-out sessions focused on emerging skill needs and the barriers and opportunities to recruiting skilled employees.  Participants will discuss higher-order skills for the workplace (such as management capability); cyber security; regulatory frameworks; environmental sustainability; and workforce profile and staff retention issues (including an ageing workforce and cross sector competition for staff). Australian Industry Standards is a Service Skills Organisation that supports Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) in developing qualifications and skills standards for the aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, energy, water and utilities, public safety, police, Defence and corrections industries. Collectively these industries cover more than 1.3 million workers or almost 10% of the Australian workforce. More significantly, these workers add $174 billion to the Australian economy – or 11% of GDP. Australian Industry Standards will draw on information gathered at the skills forums to influence policy on skills and workforce development. This is presented to the Federal Government in key documents called Industry Skills Forecasts. PANEL ONE "Future skilling our people in an age of digital transformation”  ·        Ms Tara Diamond Executive Leader, Australian Resources and Energy Group AMMA) , Committee AISC ·       Mr David Cross CEO, Energy Skills Queensland ·       Ms Jodi Schmidt Managing Director, Sanjo Partners  PANEL TWO “Industry Leadership – new thinking about jobs and careers”  ·       Mr Paul Kahlert General Manager, All Purpose Transport ·       Mr Steven Moon OAM Chair, Maritime Industry Reference Committee Managing Director, Projects Global ·       Mr Brett Schimming CEO, Construction Skills Queensland Committee Member, AISC For the full program and to register for these free events in your capital city go to www.futureskilling.org.au. You can follow the conversation online by using #futureskilling