A strong partnership between industry, business and government is needed to anticipate future skill needs and enable Queenslanders to access skills and training that links to current and future jobs.
Skills for Queensland - Great training for quality jobs (the Skills Strategy) identifies the need to strengthen collaboration between government, industry, employers and other training sector stakeholders. This approach recognises the shared responsibility to plan for and invest in future skill needs, while supporting the diverse needs of Queensland's regions.
New arrangements for how we engage with industry will help employers, small business and other industry stakeholders to more effectively contribute information and create transparent approaches to shape government decision-making. This includes regional investment decisions, program design, and training product review and development processes.
Ministerial Skills Roundtable
We've established a new Ministerial Skills Roundtable to ensure the voice of industry and skills sector stakeholders is informing how we implement the Skills Strategy. Comprising a broad membership of skills sector stakeholders, the roundtable will:
- advise on current trends and skill demands for industry
- help develop initiatives to support jobs growth and productivity
- act as a mechanism for industry stakeholders to raise skills development issues impacting Queensland.
Regional jobs committees
Regional jobs committees bring together local industry groups, training providers, schools, employers, employee representatives and councils to plan local training investment and address workforce development and planning issues. Through the committees, regional industry advice will identify trends and opportunities in the local area and provide training and employment solutions that link individuals with real job opportunities.
Industry Skills Advisors
Industry Skills Advisors (ISAs) provide us with robust, evidence-based information about skills needs, jobs growth and new industry directions to guide investment decisions and program design.
Industry-specific intelligence, focusing on the needs of the vocational education and training (VET) supported workforce, is supporting the work of our department, regional jobs committees and Regional Skills Investment Strategy officers.
Gateway to Industry Schools program expansion
The Gateway to Industry Schools program (GISP) builds partnerships between schools and industry to enable young people to acquire the knowledge, skills and attributes to participate effectively in the Queensland economy. The program also provide opportunities for industry and the education sector to work together to deliver outcomes for students, local communities and businesses.
Regional skills and jobs summits
Regional skills and jobs summits will provide an opportunity for first hand engagement with regional industry leaders, peak bodies, local employers, small business, unions and the training sector.
The summits will ensure a strong regional voice contributes to skills and workforce planning and strategy implementation.
Annual consultation schedule
Industry advice will be gathered through an annual consultation schedule allowing stakeholders to plan and participate in consultation opportunities.
How to engage with us
We have established key engagement streams to ensure the views of industry can be considered in both short and long-term planning about training investment.
Jobs Queensland provides independent expert advice on current and future skills needs, workforce development and planning and the apprenticeship and traineeship system including:
- providing strategic advice on workforce planning and development initiatives to achieve future skills and workforce needs
- helping government prioritise its investment in vocational education and training
- building on the role of apprenticeships and traineeships as a key pathway to employment and a skilled workforce.
Regional officers support place-based engagement activities and engage with employers, small business and other stakeholders to ensure training solutions and employment opportunities are aligned with local economic and skill development needs. These include:
- advising Regional Skills Investment Strategy projects and regional jobs committees
- monitoring and regulating Queensland's apprenticeship and traineeship system through training contract regulation in line with the Further Education and Training Act 2014
- promoting VET pathways and educating schools regarding VET opportunities to support school to work transitions.
Find a list of our department's regional offices.
Our Industry Engagement team works with peak industry associations, employer groups and industry skills advisory bodies to ensure a voice for industry in the decision-making process of skills and workforce development. This includes:
- leading as the Queensland State Training Authority
- managing Industry Skills Advisory arrangements and the Gateway to Industry Schools program
- driving skills and workforce development within whole-of-government strategies.
The Queensland Apprenticeship and Traineeship Office works with industry associations, peak bodies, unions and employers in the oversight of the Queensland apprenticeship and traineeship system. This includes:
- administering the Further Education and Training Act 2014 in relation to apprenticeships and traineeships
- management and oversight of the Queensland apprenticeship and traineeship system
- supporting employer and industry workforce agendas through relevant skills pathways.
We publish industry reports and intelligence for greater transparency and improved information sharing.
Download a copy of our Industry engagement framework flyer (PDF, 2.1MB).