Subject: AIS Newsletter July 2020

July 2020 Edition
July 2020

Industry intelligence, data analytics and research are today more important than ever. Real-time evidence supports the tools to help decision-makers, businesses and employees to focus on the skills needed now, and as businesses and the economy recover from COVID-19.

The National Skills Commission, which formally commenced on 1 July, has released its first publication, A snapshot in time: Australia’s Labour Market and COVID-19. The report explores matching skills and jobs post the COVID-19 pandemic. It notes that as Australia starts to recover from the effects of the pandemic, there will be challenges and difficult times ahead. But there will also be opportunities. We can hasten recovery by understanding where jobs are growing and ensuring our workforce has the necessary skills for those jobs.
Rebuilding through infrastructure - skilling the Rail industry

With the federal and state governments investing billions of dollars in rail infrastructure there is an immediate need to incorporate the new technology and automation into the industry. AIS is working with the Rail Industry Reference Committee on a range of new projects to address priority skills needs brought about by automation and expanded infrastructure.
Driving simulators building skills in the Defence industry 

Australian Industry Standards is working with the Public Safety IRC to develop skills standards to meet the current and future capability needs of the Defence industry for simulator maintenance engineers. Current advanced simulators can be reconfigured to train industry and defence personnel in a range of aircraft and ground-based vehicle operation. 
Skilling the Correctional Services workforce to help vulnerable offenders

The Corrections work environment is transitioning towards a more rehabilitative model, with greater emphasis placed on offenders’ mental and physical health. AIS is supporting the Corrections Industry Reference Committee (IRC) to respond, which will see the development of new skills standards for working with trauma-affected and cognitively impaired offenders.

Australian Training Awards - 2020 applications extended

Applications for the Australian Training Awards, scheduled to be held in Melbourne on 20 November, have been extended to 19 July 2020

The awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising individuals, businesses and Registered Training Organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.


Project activity updates on the IRC projects listed below have been posted on our AIS website since the last newsletter.

Public Safety
Transport and Logistics

Upcoming Meetings - 2020
Public Safety
Transport and Logistics
15 July 2020
6 August 2020
11 August 2020
19 August 2020
20 August 2020
25 August 2020
27 August 2020


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