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The 2018 Skills Conference: VET for the Future will focus the where is VET heading over the next few years

The 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 2018 Skills Conference is designed to maximise skills policy exchange and debate via keynote interviews, moderated panel discussions, industry-focused lightning rounds as well as formal speeches by prominent and relevant industry spokespeople.


2018 Program - Thursday 14th June 2108 (Program Subject to Change) 
8.00am Registration
9.00am Welcome Jason Sultana
Executive Officer
Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT
9.10am Opening AddressJon Black
Managing Director
9.20am Minister Address The Hon Karen Andrews MP
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
9.40am Session - Economic and Industry Update
Focus: We discuss the current state of the economy, where are we heading as a nation in the next 12 months. What is the impact on the VET industry?
Facilitators: John Liddicoat
Novaskill and Sharon Smith
Panelist: Stephen Fallet
Australian Super
Panelist: Peter Judd
News Corp Australia
10.20am Morning Tea - Proudly sponsored by the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta
11.00am Session: VET for the Future
Focus: Where should we be heading with VET? What does the future hold for the industry?
Facilitator: Leon Drury
Manufacturing Skills Australia
Panelist: Ron Maxwell
Panelist:Lauren Tiltman
National Apprentice Employment Network
11.40am Session: How is technology driving training delivery? What does the future hold?’
Focus: What is being done within TAFE NSW to address the skills we need for the jobs of the future
Facilitator: Tim Dodd
The Australian
Panelist: Greg Higgins
Panelist:Chris Pracy
12.20pm Session: School Based Apprenticeships
Focus: Where is the next generation of tradespeople coming from. We examine School Based Apprenticeships and what can be done to cater for future demands.
Facilitator: Rob Cousins
Western Sydney University
Panelist: Robyn Pemberton, NSW Department of Education
Panelist:Patrick O'Reilly, Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College
1.00pm Networking Lunch - Proudly sponsored by the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta
2.00pm Keynote AddressThe Hon Adam Marshall MP
NSW Minister for Tourism & Major Events
Assistant Minister for Skills

2.30pm Keynote Presentation - Understanding the next generation of school leavers
Focus: Claire Madden is a social researcher and leading voice on the emerging generations, changing demographics and social trends. We will take a look at how we better target school leavers for future roles.
Claire Madden
Hello Clarity
3.10pm Keynote Interview - New Zealand Apprenticeships
Focus: New Zealand is experiencing similar issues around skill shortages and the lack of young people taking up apprenticeships. We take a look at how our neighbours are addressing the issues, what can we do better as two nations and discuss ideas.
Interviewer: Jason Sultana
Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT
Interviewee: Donna Lewis Industry Training Federation NZ
Interviewee: Dr Nicky Murray Skills Highway NZ
3.50pm Session: The Future of Careers Advice
Focus: Where are we heading with careers advice? What are we learning? What can we do better?
Facilitator: David Hill
ARC Group
Panelist: James Moran
Panelist: Peta Skujins
4.30pm Closing remarks

We would like to thank the following 2018 Sponsors and Exhibitors:

Registration Opens
December 2015

Accommodation Cancellation Deadline
25 February 2016

Early Bird Deadline
2 March 2016

Networking Dinner RSVP Deadline
24 March 2016

Conference Dates
7 & 8 April 2016