February 2019: Consultation

Consultation for the draft Industrial Sewing Case for Change ended on 7 February.

Thank you to those stakeholders who provided comment. Broad consultation was undertaken which involved the draft Case for Change being made available via the website alone with an online survey to gather feedback.

The draft Industry Skills Forecast will be available on the Outcomes page soon.


January 2019: Consultation now closed

IBSA Manufacturing progressed a Case for Change, in advance of submitting the Industry Skills Forecast, relating to the development of an Industrial Sewing skill set.

Industrial Sewing has been identified as a core skill critical to a number of advanced textiles industries such as soft furnishing, upholstery, blinds and awnings, leather and canvas, specialised textiles, motor/marine trimming and automotive aftermarket products. The proposed industrial sewing skill set will allow workers with experience in the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear industries to broaden their skills so that they can work across the various industries where industrial sewing skills are needed.


November 2018 Update

In early-November 2018, IBSA Manufacturing conducted a targeted consultation, via webinar sessions, with the Specialised Textiles Association. This consultation was to identify emerging priorities and skills needs in the specialised textiles sector, to support the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear 2019 Industry Skills Forecast.


October 2018 Update

IBSA Manufacturing are undertaking a broad range of consultations with within the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Industry. The outcomes of these consultations will be used to inform the 2019 Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work.

Examples of consultations conducted by IBSA Manufacturing to date, include:

Melbourne Fashion Week ‘The Fashion Forum’
In September 2018, IBSA Manufacturing attended The Fashion Forum, as part of Melbourne Fashion Week, hearing from leading industry authorities on what lies ahead for the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Industry in regard to changes to the retail landscape and a focus on sustainability and ethical sourcing.

Buying Skills Project
IBSA Manufacturing conducted a number of consultations to support the Buying Skills Project. Participants were also asked to identify emerging priorities and skills needs to feed into the annual Skills Forecast submission.

Reports and Intelligence
As part of the development of their 2018 Industry Skills Forecast, the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Industry Reference Committee (IRC) undertook a number of activities, which will also inform the 2019 return. This includes:

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