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Embracing our future: Building Queensland’s workforce saw more than 220 representatives from Queensland industry, business, community groups and government come together on 12 November 2019 to discuss key issues shaping the future of skills and the workforce in Queensland and reflect on Jobs Queensland’s recent research and analysis.

The event celebrated the pivotal role that Jobs Queensland’s valued stakeholders play in assisting it to deliver strategic advice and evidence-based research on future skills needs, workforce planning and development, and apprenticeships and traineeships.


Plenary session

The Embracing our future plenary session featured presentations from:

  • Professor Peter Coaldrake AO, Jobs Queensland Chair
  • Ministerial address delivered by Director-General, Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, Mary-Anne Curtis on behalf of the Hon. Shannon Fentiman, Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development.
  • Brett Hall, Director, Research, Projects and Policy, Jobs Queensland
  • Joshua Rayner, Executive Director, Jobs Queensland

During the plenary session, Jobs Queensland’s latest research was released – Future work, future jobs: Preparing Queensland for the evolution of work. The report outlines findings and recommendations relevant to future work in Queensland. It builds upon an extensive literature review that identified changes to work are driven by technology, demographic and social factors, and institutional and policy influences.

Access the Embracing our future plenary session presentation  (PDF, 2 MB).


Breakout sessions

Embracing our future featured two breakout sessions demonstrating how industry, regional and business representatives are utilising Jobs Queensland’s research and data in practical ways to support workforce planning and skills development.

Breakout session 1 – Anticipating Future Skills

The Anticipating Future Skills breakout session showcased a diverse range of stakeholders using Jobs Queensland’s projections of future employment in practical ways to support data-driven workforce planning.

Session presenters:

Access the Anticipating Future Skills breakout session presentation  (PDF, 1 MB).


Breakout session 2 – Workforce Planning

The workforce planning breakout session highlighted the importance of proactive workforce planning for enterprises, regions and industries and demonstrated the tools and resources available to support workforce planning.

Session presenters:

Access the Workforce planning breakout session presentation  (PDF, 2 MB).

Last updated 4 January 2024