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The project background

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.


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 Report cover

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.

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Advancing Manufacturing Environmental Scan cover

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.

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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

Last updated 20 September 2019