Delivering skills for a global future is the topic on everyone’s lips at the 27th National Vocational Education and Training Research (“No Frills”) Conference underway in Sydney.
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, addressed the annual conference of researchers and practitioners in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.
“Australia’s VET sector is among the best in the world and we are always developing and adopting new technologies which demand an increasingly globalised workforce,” Minister Andrews said.
“Delivering a workforce that is flexible and responsive to the changing needs of business and industry is one of the hallmarks of VET and we want to ensure that skilled workers are ready to take on the world.”
“Artificial intelligence, increased digitisation, robotics, 3D printing, autonomous vehicles —these technologies are already having a big impact on how we live and work; workers in the future will need the skills to handle emerging technology.”
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) hosts the “No Frills” conferences each year. This year’s theme is ‘Skills for a Global future’ and they have been joined by New Zealand’s Industry Training Federation (ITF) and Ako Aotearoa as joint hosts.
Minister Andrews highlighted some of the pressures shaping the VET sector for the future.
“Globalisation, technological progress and demographic pressures mean we must continue to ensure the tertiary system is coherent, sustainable and fit for the future.”