March 5, 2019
Two public consultations have commenced for the 2019 Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work on behalf of the Sustainability and the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Industry Reference Committees.
The Industry Skills Forecast has identified the following skills development priorities within the industry, including:
- Upskilling in specific elements of competitive systems and practices
- Skills to meet emerging technological changes in competitive systems and practices and environmental monitoring and technology, and
- Skills to address emerging job roles in environmental monitoring and technology
MST Textiles, Clothing and Footwear
Textiles, Clothing and Footwear businesses are facing challenges associated with an ageing workforce, the introduction of new technologies and business models, changing consumer behaviour and environmental and ethical concerns.
Vocational Education and Training for the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear industry needs to build advanced technical skills to support quality craftsmanship, as well as the broader STEM and technological skills to capitalise on new ways of working.
The IRC identified the creation of a new Industrial Sewing skill set as critical and have submitted a Case for Change related to this priority area. This will support the development of transferable, entry-level skills allowing workforce mobility across a range of Textiles, Clothing and Footwear industry sectors.
Please provide any comments by Close of Business Monday, 25 March 2019.