The agribusiness, energy, manufacturing, and screen and digital sectors are seen as Queensland’s emerging and evolving industries, and a new VET Emerging Industries initiative in that state promises to deliver the skills industry needs in those sectors.

The new action will be led by those in the emerging industries setting out what they need in a skilled workforce. Flexible strategies will then be developed which could include a mixture of accredited training, skill sets, micro-credentials and workforce development. The initiative may result in increased subsidies for priority qualifications, new qualifications on priority lists and increased TAFE delivery in the priority industries.

The $15m VET Emerging Industries initiative was announced in March by the Palaszczuk Government and is part of the $200 million Future Skills Fund. It recognises that priority industries are requiring new training and skills, and aims to see Queensland workers ready for new jobs as they emerge.