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June 2019: Manufacturing and Engineering Industry Skills Forecast endorsed by AISC

We are pleased to advise that the 2019 Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work, prepared on behalf of the Manufacturing and Engineering Industry Reference Committee, was endorsed by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) at their June meeting.

The Industry Skills Forecast identified a number of Key Drivers for Change and scheduled a number of priorities for 2019-2023 as listed below.

This information has been used to update the AISC National Schedule of training package development projects.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and comments.

To read the 2019 Industry Skills Forecast, please click on the link below:
Read the 2019 MEM Manufacturing and Engineering Industry Skills Forecast, or download it here


2019 Manufacturing and Engineering Industry Skills Forecast submitted to AISC

We are pleased to advise that the final draft 2019 Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work, prepared on behalf of the Manufacturing and Engineering Industry Reference Committee, was submitted to the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) for consideration at their June meeting.

The Industry Skills Forecast identified a number of Key Drivers for Change and scheduled a number of priorities for 2019-2023.

Key Driver/s of Change:

  • New Defence projects that will create a substantial number of jobs and demand for engineering skills over coming decades.
  • Changing technology, which impacts the way that work is conducted, provides new business opportunities, changes business models and assists businesses to increase their efficiency and productivity.
  • An increasing focus on the sustainability of products and business practices.
  • Skill shortages in several occupations (welding trades workers, sheetmetal trades workers and structural steel, and locksmiths) and recruitment difficulties in relation to Science, Technology,
  • Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills, automation, big data and artificial intelligence solutions.

Priorities for 2019–20:

New and converging technologies
The priority identified as important and proposed for 2019–20 is to address skill needs arising from new and converging technologies, including Non-Destructive Testing (NDT); planning, scheduling, logistics and supply chain management; maintenance and diagnostic skills; a new diploma to cover the skills associated with the emerging technologies and applications; covering skills in emerging technologies mechatronics; and design and drafting skills.

(It is anticipated that a separate Case for Change will be submitted in 2020.)

This information has been used to update the AISC National Schedule of training package development projects.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and comments.

To read the submitted 2019 Industry Skills Forecast, please click on the link below:
Read the draft 2019 MEM Manufacturing and Engineering Industry Skills Forecast


May 2019: Submission

We’re pleased to advise that the 2019 Manufacturing and Engineering Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work was submitted to the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) in April.

The AISC will consider this Forecast at their June meeting. Once endorsed, the final report will be published on this page.


April 2019: Consultation

Consultation for the draft 2019 Manufacturing and Engineering Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work ended on Tuesday 9 April.

Thank you to those stakeholders who provided comment. Broad consultation was undertaken which involved the draft 2019 Industry Skills Forecast being made available via the website along with an online survey to gather feedback.

Feedback is now being reviewed by the Manufacturing and Engineering Industry Reference Committee. The final version will then be submitted to the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC). Once endorsed, final documents will then be published on this page.


April 2019: Consultation now closed

The Industry Skills Forecast identified the following skills gaps and emerging skills needs within industry:

  • New Defence projects that will create significant numbers of jobs and demand for engineering skills in the coming years
  • Changing technology, which is impacting the way in which work is conducted, providing new business opportunities, changing business models and assisting businesses to increase their efficiency and productivity
  • An increasing focus on the sustainability of products and business practices, and
  • Skill shortages in several occupations (sheetmetal trades workers, structural steel and welding trades workers and locksmiths)

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