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Reskilling the manufacturing workforce and developing capabilities for the future


Penesis, I and Katersky Barnes, R and Kilpatrick, S and Symes, M and Leon de la Barra, BA, Reskilling the manufacturing workforce and developing capabilities for the future, Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 22, (1) pp. 14-22. ISSN 1325-4340 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/22054952.2017.1338228


Australia needs a stronger workforce over the next three to five years with more qualified engineers and associated professionals with the high-level skills capable of delivering the needs of the advanced manufacturing and maritime industries. Australia’s graduation rates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields are low by international comparison, providing challenges in meeting qualified workforce needs. With a focus on Tasmania, this paper identified the mismatch between current skills and future needs from a literature review, and through semi-structured interviews with companies in these industries, qualitative data on future skills were determined. The results clearly indicate that there is a need for Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education to be flexible in their course offerings, work with industry to ensure that it is delivering consistent and quality learning outcomes, thus creating a culture of communication and collaboration underpinned by mutual understanding of industry and education and training sector needs, possibilities and constraints.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:future skills, education and training, STEM, skills gap, VET, higher education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Workforce transition and employment
UTAS Author:Penesis, I (Professor Irene Penesis)
UTAS Author:Katersky Barnes, R (Dr Robin Katersky Barnes)
UTAS Author:Kilpatrick, S (Professor Sue Kilpatrick)
UTAS Author:Symes, M (Mr Mark Symes)
UTAS Author:Leon de la Barra, BA (Dr Bernardo Leon de la Barra)
ID Code:117397
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2017-06-13
Last Modified:2018-04-19

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