Jobs Queensland worked in consultation with industry to develop a Skills, Training and Workforce Development Strategy with the aim of advancing manufacturing in Queensland.
The project supports the Department of State Development’s Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan, and aims to:
- position manufacturing as a first-choice career that offers a diverse range of technical, business and professional careers which are technology-rich and stable
- facilitate enhanced partnerships and engagement between the manufacturing industry and schools, VET providers and universities to better prepare new entrants for successful careers in the industry
- support industry-led ecosystems that create networking, information sharing and collaboration opportunities for manufacturers – improving access to markets and their ability to transform successfully to advanced manufacturing
- drive the advancement of the industry in Queensland through enabling the existing manufacturing workforce to develop high levels of skills, adaptability and capability
- increase the diversity of the manufacturing workforce to best harness the available skills and talent in the labour market and build a more resilient workforce.
Stage 1: Conducted an online survey of Queensland manufacturers and undertook an environmental scan (E-scan) to guide targeted project engagement with manufacturers undertaking the journey to advanced manufacturing.
Stage 2: Conducted a number of regional forums around Queensland with manufacturing stakeholders to find out what they thought was required to develop a skilled and ready manufacturing workforce.
Stage 3: Developed the Advancing Manufacturing Skills: A Skills, Training and Workforce Development Strategy for the Advanced Manufacturing Industry in Queensland, which brought together input provided by industry, industry associations and peak bodies, regions, communities, employers, unions and other key stakeholders for the project.
ADVANCING MANUFACTURING SKILLS STRATEGY
Manufacturing in Queensland is embarking on a journey to transition to the global environment of Industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution. Low skilled jobs are diminishing as demand increases for people with high levels of technological skills, language, literacy and numeracy skills who are willing to commit to undertake ongoing learning and skills development.
Through business capability development and a highly skilled workforce, Queensland manufacturing has the opportunity to go from strength to strength. Advancing Manufacturing Skills is a skills, training and workforce development strategy to assist all Queensland manufacturers to develop the workforce skills they need during a time of significant change.
Rather than being a workforce development strategy for a small and very advanced segment of the industry, the Strategy has been developed to support all manufacturers in Queensland to participate in the journey towards advanced manufacturing.
READ THE STRATEGY
(PDF, 2.54 MB)
ADVANCING MANUFACTURING ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN
The foundation for the development of the Strategy was an environmental scan (E-scan). The E-scan examined workforce supply and demand for Queensland manufacturing with a focus on advancing manufacturing. It included both a statewide view of the industry and regional perspectives, based on analysis of impacts and drivers, current and future skills needs, barriers and current use of the apprenticeship and traineeship system.
READ THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN
(PDF, 476 KB)
The Queensland Government’s response to the Strategy has been developed to highlight initiatives to progress the Strategy’s Priority Action Areas (PAAs). The Queensland Government’s response provides a framework for government to partner with industry to identify priorities for government and industry action to shape workforce, training and business development strategies for the future of manufacturing in Queensland. The response is available at http://statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/industry-development/advanced-manufacturing.html.
Last updated 17 April 2019