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People without jobs and jobs without people: bridging the skills gap

Media release  ·  8 July 2015

International workforce development and apprenticeship expert Nicholas Wyman will discuss how partnerships involving employers, communities and educators can bridge skills gaps today at the 24th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference.

Drawing on his work with organisations, governments and educational institutions from around the world that are pioneering new solutions to the skills-gap problem, Mr Wyman will also share a roadmap for the development of skills, knowledge and attributes that workers need and employers want.

“We know from NCVER data that many vocational education and training graduates get jobs in areas not directly related to their qualifications; the skills gap is a persistent issue”, says Dr Craig Fowler, Managing Director, National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

“We’re delighted that Mr Wyman is discussing his work at our annual conference. Only last week, the CEDA report Australia’s future workforce? highlighted the importance of education and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) underpinning workforce development.

In his presentation Mr Wyman points to the P-TECH model which will be piloted in schools from early next year as part of the Federal Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda.

“Australia needs to constantly innovate in education and the P-TECH pilot schools are an innovative approach to education-industry collaboration that will allow students to graduate with a Year 12 qualification and a post-school STEM related diploma”, says Mr Wyman, CEO, Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation.

“By working together, employers, community and educators can skill up the next generation of Australian workers, reduce the skills gap and ensure the future competitiveness of the Australian economy.”

Co-hosted by NCVER, the University of Western Sydney (UWS) and TAFE NSW’s Western Sydney and South Western Sydney Institutes, this year’s conference focuses on research into youth, pathways and skills. The conference brings together researchers, training providers and policy-makers.

Mr Wyman’s opening keynote address People without jobs and jobs without people: bridging the skills gap will begin at 9.00am Wednesday 8 July, in the EA Building, UWS, Parramatta South campus.

A copy of the program is available here: www.ncver.edu.au/nofrills2015.html 

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