We want Queenslanders to have access to the skills they need to share in the prosperity of the future. To achieve that goal, government, businesses, education institutions, training organisations, communities and individuals will all need to play a part.

In 2019, the Queensland Government will release a new Skills Strategy to ensure Queensland has the skilled population needed to attract investment, encourage job creation and take advantage of future opportunities. The Government's engagement with stakeholders in relation to skills has shown that while formal pathways are essential, they are only one of many avenues to gain the skills for current and future jobs. Many stakeholders are seeking more flexible training pathways that reflect industry trends and better address local skills challenges. These pathways are also essential to meeting the Government's priority under Our Future State to engage more young Queenslanders in education, training and work.

The Government will continue to draw on the valuable feedback received from stakeholders and the public as the Skills Strategy is finalised.

Future of Work - Skills and Industry Summit

On 28 November 2018, the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade, convened the Future of Work - Skills and Industry Summit.

Industry, small business, universities, the training sector, unions and government came together to discuss how Queensland can ensure we have the skilled workers needed for the jobs of the future. Delegates were provided with a pre-reading pack (PDF 2.6 MB) to help frame the key questions for the day.

The Summit included a roundtable of industry leaders, followed by a larger session including presentations, a facilitated panel and workshops.

Key themes that emerged included:

  • collaborating and recognising our shared responsibility to plan for and invest in future skills needs
  • looking at our skilling culture and changing the way we view skills and trade-based careers so these pathways are opened and encouraged
  • encouraging participation and highlighting the opportunity that exists for employers and employees to engage with a broader range of people, including our ageing workforce and people from diverse backgrounds
  • ensuring we are supporting the productivity of all regions and industries which includes thinking about our future workforce needs and planning to match supply and demand
  • responding quickly to training needs and new technology through a modern, flexible training system
  • the impact of new technologies on industry and skills.

The summary of the summit outcomes (PDF, 2.2 MB) has more details.

Skills for Queensland discussion paper

In September 2018, the Queensland Government released the discussion paper Skills for Queensland for public consultation. The discussion paper invited feedback from stakeholders to inform the proposed Skills Strategy.

Download a copy of the Skills for Queensland discussion paper (PDF, 813 KB).

Stakeholder views were sought on questions related to three key themes:

  • meeting the need for skills through industry advice and market settings
  • the role of providers in delivering VET services
  • encouraging all Queenslanders to participate in VET.

A summary of the input received during the consultation process (PDF, 818 KB) is available.

Public consultation and submissions in response to the discussion paper closed in October 2018. The feedback received from stakeholders is informing the development of the Skills Strategy.

Further opportunities to engage

If you have ideas regarding Government's approach to training, skills development and meeting the workforce needs of employers, you can forward them to the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training at skills.strategy@desbt.qld.gov.au.

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Last updated 15 February 2019

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