The 2019 Skills Conference continues to build on previous years themes to ensure as an industry we keep Vocational Education and Training high on the government agenda. This years theme will be Driving Innovation in Vocational Education and Training.

The Skills Conference will provide a deeper engagement with the issues and ideas on the skills agenda and give the interests of employers and apprentices more weight in public debate.

The conference is designed to maximise skills policy exchange and debate via keynote presentations, moderated panel discussions, as well as formal speeches by prominent and relevant industry spokespeople.

We are pleased to present this program to you.  We look forward to having you join us.

2019 Skills Conference – Driving Innovation in Vocational Education and Training
Draft Agenda as at 19 February 2019 (subject to change)

Thursday 13 June 2019
 8:00AM Registration and Networking
 9:00AM Welcome and Opening Remarks – Jason Sultana – Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT
 9:10AM Opening Address – To be announced shortly
 9:20AM Federal Minister AddressThe minister will be invited once the Federal election is held.

Session One – State of the Nation
With the NSW election in March and the Federal election expected by May, what does the future hold for the economy and VET moving forward? We discuss the state of the nation.
Facilitator: Dianne Dayhew – National Executive Officer, National Apprentice Employment Network
Panelists: Mark Tierney – Global Economist-Investments, AustralianSuper
Panelists: To be announced shortly

 10:20AM Morning Tea
 11:00AM Session Two – New approaches to apprenticeships and traineeships
In order to cater to the constantly changing world we live in, we need to consider how we attract and deliver apprenticeships and traineeships to people moving forward. We speak to two organisations who have demonstrated new approaches to recruiting, training and supporting apprentices and trainees for their industries/region.
Facilitator: Peta Skujins – Director, AATIS
Panelists: Peter Nolan – CEO, PEER
Panelists: Craig Randazzo – CEO, Skillset
 11:40AM Session Three – To be announced shortly
 12:20PM Session Four – Digital disruption and VET
Much discussion has occurred about the impact that technological disruption will have on the Australian workforce. Let’s take a look at what are the implications of digital disruption for VET in Australia, how it is impacting employers today and what is being done to address it.
Facilitator: Josephine Andersen – Director, Skills Canberra
Panelists: Professor Pi-Shen Seet – Edith Cowan University
Panelists: Keiran Mott – CEO, Veritec
 1:00PM  Lunch
 2:00PM NSW Skills Minister AddressThe minister will be invited once the state election is held in March.
 2:30PM Keynote Presentation 
The Vocational Education and Training (VET) industry constantly struggles with convincing parents and young people that completing an apprenticeship or traineeship is an acceptable option to start a career instead of going straight into university.  We discuss ways the industry can consider changing the thinking from today.
Kieran Flanagan – The Impossible Institute
 3:30PM Session Five – Engaging young people into VET & Apprenticeships
Engaging young people early in their schooling years on career options allows a greater ability to recruit apprentices and trainees in the future. We discuss some of the work and research being done to tackle this.
Facilitator: To be announced shortly
Panelist: Darren Coppin CEO – Esher House
Panelist: Louise Selles – VET in Secondary Schools, ACT Education Directorate         
4:10PM Session Six – Innovation in VET 
Around the country, the VET industry is delivering innovative projects to meet the skill needs of the nation. We speak with two organisations who have developed key initiatives towards their projects and share their journey in achieving the results they have.
Facilitator: Gail Silman – Training Services NSW
Panelists: Sonja Malcolm – Sydney Metro Project
Panelists: Peter Canavan- Ai Group
4:45PM Closing Remarks


We would like to thank the following 2019 Sponsors and Exhibitors:

TAFE NSW Enterprise

Catholic Diocese of Parramatta