26 September 2023

Workforce plans include upskilling Canberra

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Skills Canberra has launched a new skills and workforce agenda to ensure Territorians have the right abilities for in-demand jobs.

Releasing the Skilled to Succeed: Skills and workforce agenda for the ACT, Minister for Skills, Chris Steel said the Agenda supported the Territory’s economic development priorities, outlined in Canberra Switched On which was released earlier in the year.

Mr Steel said the Agenda focused on addressing current skills shortages and building workforce capability to support the growth of emerging industries.

“Skills shortages and accelerated change in the world of work have put a spotlight on skills and workforce development like never before,” Mr Steel said.

“We want to turn that spotlight into a beacon for attracting new students to the ACT’s training system and encouraging skilled workers to apply their talents in Canberra.”

He said the Agenda focused on four key priorities, delivering skills inclusively; building a more responsive, flexible and future-focussed skills system; assisting employers to build, attract and retain the right workforce; and strengthening skills sector foundations.

“We want every Canberran to be skilled to succeed – not just young people leaving school today but anyone at any point in their lives who wants to upskill, re-skill or reconnect with work,” the Minister said.

“To ensure our skills system meets these needs, the ACT Government will continue its commitment to Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) as the cornerstone of Canberra’s training system,” Mr Steel said.

“We will work with local industry to ensure our training system and skilled migration settings are responsive to ongoing and emerging skills needs, and we are calling on business and industry to partner with us to create even more opportunities for training, to support the ongoing development and attraction of a highly skilled workforce.”

The Skills Canberra’s 19-page skills and workforce agenda can be accessed at this PS News link.

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