August 25, 2020
The VET system has a key role to play in supporting industry change and ensuring the skills it delivers to new and existing workers meets the needs of a growing and innovative advanced manufacturing sector.
The digital age poses challenges for manufacturing workforces. As demand increases for higher level skills and qualifications in areas such as computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and Computer Numerical Control (CNC)/robotics employers need a workforce that can adapt to changing work environments.
IBSA’s research and analysis highlights that a highly skilled workforce is fundamental to the success of advanced manufacturing. Workers must be able to work with new components, materials and hardware and have sound problem solving and critical thinking skills.
As the Skills Service Organisation for the Manufacturing industry, IBSA’s role is to support the review and updating of qualifications across the manufacturing sector to ensure those qualifications stay aligned with industry skills needs and capture the newly emerging job roles and tasks. This process is guided by Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) for the various manufacturing sectors and includes the removal of obsolete and duplicate products so graduates emerge with a broad range of transferable skills and knowledge.
In reviewing national qualifications, IBSA considers industry skills needs (current and future), Skills Ministers priorities and Training Package development policies and standards.