Connecting Australians, education and industry
The National Skills Commission was recently established to identify current and emerging skills needs and is developing ‘nowcasting’ capability to understand the state of the labour market in almost real-time. This includes the use of data from the Jobs and Education Data Infrastructure project to develop and publish new insights to help individuals, businesses, education providers and policy makers adapt to the changing labour market.
The National Careers Institute uses real-time information on job vacancies, labour forecasts and skills demand to provide career information and support, and identify training options in searched locations to assist Australians to find training and courses in their area and as new courses become available.
The government is investing $50.6 million to establish Industry Training Hubs across Australia. Training Hubs aim to improve opportunities for young people in regions with high youth unemployment, targeting Year 11 and Year 12 students. Each Training Hub will be managed by a full-time Career Facilitator that will work with and encourage young people to build skills and choose occupations that are in demand in their community. This will create better linkages between schools and local industry, repositioning vocational education and training as a first-choice option. Through this work, the Industry Training Hubs will also help eliminate persistent high youth unemployment in regional areas and maximise post-COVID-19 job recovery.
In addition to the Industry Training Hubs, the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians will provide around 400 scholarships for young Australians to participate in vocational education and training with strong pathways to jobs in areas of skills needs in the same ten regions across Australia.
METS Ignited, an Australian Government industry growth centre, established the METS Career Pathway Program to link students with METS industries. The program is designed to boost student and teacher awareness of the sector through paid vacation internships. The program focuses on improving students’ understanding of the job skills required and opportunities available in the METS sector and expects to see 50–100 graduates entering the METS sector every year.
Investing in the future
Australia’s resources sector is an economic powerhouse that safeguards our economic prosperity and employs many Australians. The sector plays an important role in supporting a strong post pandemic recovery both through its robust workforce and economic benefits to the nation. Continued growth, productivity and economic performance relies on an abundant, talented and future ready workforce. Attracting, supporting and retaining people with the right skillsets will ensure that the sector continues to deliver economic benefits to all Australians.
The government recognises the strong need for a combined holistic approach to address the key challenges and fully harness the opportunities to build a strong and talented resources workforce and is committed to continue working with industry, education and state and territory governments. Working together, we will ensure that as many Australians as possible take up these jobs and that the Australian resources sector and its workforce remains world-leading through embracing opportunities, boosting participation and maintaining quality.