Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is hosting a series of Industry Skills Forums across the country to explore the current and future skills needs of the 11 industry sectors supported by AIS in our role as a Government-funded Skills Service Organisation. The theme for the forums is digital transformation and "future skilling".

"Future skilling” our people will be critical for industry and educators as the global environment evolves and emerging technologies impact job requirements. While new opportunities are driving the economy, there are challenges to ensure business can access a sustainable, flexible and high-quality workforce with the relevant skills.

Forums will be held in the following capital cities:

Canberra - Tuesday 11 September 2018

Brisbane - Tuesday 18 September 2018

Sydney - Wednesday 26 September 2018

Hobart - Tuesday 9 October 2018

Darwin - Tuesday 16 October 2018

Melbourne - Tuesday 30 October 2018

Perth - Thursday 8 November 2018

Adelaide - Tuesday 13 November 2018

The forums will provide the opportunity to directly shape the skills and workforce priorities in the following industries and feed into the 2019 Skills Forecasts:

PEOPLE.  SKILLS.  FUTURE.

The AIS Industry Skills Forums are where you can directly shape the skills and workforce priorities for your industry. AIS represents aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, energy, water and utilities, public safety, police, fire, Defence and corrections. We develop high-quality, industry-focused qualifications and provide advice to Government about industry skills needs. We need your input to make this happen!

Attend a forum in your capital city from September to November 2018 and you can:

Discuss barriers and opportunities to recruiting skilled employees - now and for the future

Influence the development of world class qualifications

Learn about current strategies targeting workforce development

Reveal emerging skill needs for your industry

Engage with industry leaders

Digital transformation (also known as the fourth industrial revolution or Industry 4.0) describes the profound change that artificial intelligence, increased digitalisation, robotics, advances in data exchange and other new technologies will bring across the economy. The growth of technology since 1990 has been rapid and accelerating. It has increasingly become an essential part of the everyday work and personal lives of people in nearly every part of the world. The work profile of nearly every job has been affected, with some jobs being fully automated, others partly and considerably altered in their performance.

Given the importance of digital transformation across all industries, there will be a theme across the Industry Skills Forums of ‘future skilling our people’. This will include the use of the hashtag #futureskilling to promote debate, discussion, and ideas.

“Future skilling” our people will be critical for industry and educators as the global environment evolves and emerging technologies impact job requirements. While new opportunities are driving the economy, there are challenges to ensure business can access a sustainable, flexible and high-quality workforce with the relevant skills.

The Skills Forums seek to do this by bringing our industry leaders together in a series of panel discussions that will look at:

“Future Skilling our people in an age of digital transformation”

and

“Industry Leadership – new thinking about jobs and careers”