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Changes in our economy and labour markets are often incremental and can be planned for, but may also be rapid, dynamic and unforeseen.

The impacts of sudden and unpredictable disruption are currently being experienced in industries, regions and communities across Queensland and beyond. Proactive planning for recovery can assist industries, regions, communities and businesses to respond and thrive, not just survive.

Here you will find a suite of resources and tools to assist industries, regions, communities and businesses in transition to inform and support economic recovery planning and build their resilience.

Supporting workforces during industry transition

Transition is a continual event in an industry’s life cycle and the impact of industry transitions can be challenging. However, transitions can also bring about positive change in situations where an industry grows rapidly or where there is industry renewal. Both of these experiences have been amplified as a result of the recent economic disruption.

Research undertaken by Jobs Queensland has identified eight key elements that can influence a successful recovery strategy for industries and regions.

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Region and industry workforce planning

The diversity of Queensland’s industries and regions underpins the Queensland economy, with strong and resilient regions powering our economic recovery. Both workforce and skills development at the region and industry level will be crucial. Without a suitably skilled workforce, many industry and economic development strategies will not be able to be effectively realised. 

The Region and industry workforce planning guide recognises that Queensland’s regions are varied and characterised by economic diversity and varied employment opportunities and challenges. Each region requires a highly skilled workforce that aligns with the unique and natural advantages of their region.

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Workforce Planning Connect

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can be amongst those hardest hit by economic disruptions. Often relying on the skills and knowledge of a few key employees, SMEs can use workforce planning to identify gaps in their current workforce and skill sets and to plan for the future, whatever that may bring

Workforce Planning Connect is a suite of user-friendly resources designed to support SMEs to undertake workforce planning, regardless of their knowledge or experience. The WPC guide can help introduce businesses to workforce planning, while the WPC toolkit explores the four key stages in further depth.

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Future work, future jobs

While change to the composition of employment in Queensland has been happening for decades, the speed and extent of change in increasing. Opportunities for new and different work are emerging. Future work, future jobs examines this transition and provides a roadmap to the future. Collaboration and planning are essential.

Skills drive economic and social prosperity, and this is especially true now. For Queensland industries, regions and businesses to thrive in the new global economy, having a workforce with the right skills for today and the future will be crucial. Recovery will also require access to quality work for all Queenslanders who seek it. 

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Advancing Manufacturing Skills

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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Last updated 19 October 2020