Australian Industry Group represents members' interests to government and researches your needs to develop training solutions to skills issues facing industry today. We are represented on a broad range of government decision making bodies, making sure that the voice of industry is heard at all levels of Australia's education and training system.
Australian Industry Group regularly makes submissions to governments at all levels on matters to do with education and training.
We develop and publish policies which are designed to ensure that Australia's education and training system hears the voice of industry and that our vocational education and training system is led by industry.
In addition, Ai Group is regularly contracted by government to undertake projects within education and training.
Some examples of policy and projects:
- National Workforce Literacy Project (2009 -2012): an investigation into employer views and workplace trialing of approaches to workforce literacy and numeracy.
- High Performance Organisations: Maximising Workforce Potential (2009 – 2012): a review and analysis of research on skills utilisation and high performing organisations incorporating a national employer survey, the development of a workplace productivity tool and documentation of case studies and a pilot of high performance processes.
- Faster, Smarter, Higher Trade Training Outcomes (2008 – 2010): a range of trial programs conducted with enterprises and training providers to more effectively deliver trade qualifications.
- Emerging Technologies (2008 – 2009): an examination of the skilling issues for industry around the introduction of new technologies.
- Investing Wisely: a statement on meeting Australia’s skill needs by the National Skills Policy Collaboration (2009). Ai Group combined with the ACTU, the Australian Education Union, the Dusseldorp Skills Forum and Group Training Australia to outline an approach to reform of the national training system.
- Skilling the Existing Workforce Project (2007 – 2008): a research project focused on what skills are delivered to the existing workforce with extensive trial site and case study reports.
- A Guide to Managing the First 100 Days of an Apprenticeship (2007): a practical guide for employers developed by Ai Group and implemented by its Group Training Company, Australian Industry Group Training Services.
- It’s Crunch Time: a Discussion Paper on raising youth engagement and attainment (2007): A joint paper with the Dusseldorp Skills Forum including research on young people and proposing reforms to increase their engagement and achievement in education and training.
- World Class Skills for World Class Industries (2004 – 2006): a research project focused on what skills are needed and delivered from the viewpoint of employers.
Recent examples of submissions (2012)
- Submission to Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency: Australia’s Skills and Workforce Development Needs: Discussion Paper
- Submission to Department of Education, Employment and Workplace relations (DEEWR): National Career Development Strategy Green Paper
- Submission to National Skills Standards Council: Review of the Standards for the Regulation of Vocational Education and Training
- Response to Senate Committee on Shortage of Engineering and Related Employment Skills