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COVID-19 will see Australia’s manufacturing sector reignited

Michael McLaren

Michael is joined by Sharon Robertson, Group CEO of IBSA (Innovation and Business Skills Australia), who says the Covid-19 pandemic has presented a tremendous opportunity to kick-start Australia’s manufacturing sector.

 

Trade disruptions due to Covid-19 has forced more companies to move to onshore their supply chains and the closure of borders has halted skilled migration, with lasting impacts likely for years to come.

 

Ms Robertson says many more job opportunities as well as skills-based apprenticeships are likely to be created due to more companies manufacturing in Australia rather than abroad.

 

“Governments are also committed to substantial funding to re-skill our workforce in response to these challenges which is incredibly encouraging and exciting for Australia’s manufacturing and related industries,” she said.

 

“Now is the time for all of us invested in skills training in Australia to be bold and determined, to propose and, most importantly, get stuck into implementing practical solutions that will deliver relevant, dynamic training programs that meet the skills needs of current and emerging employers and industries.

 

“These solutions need to attract school leavers, the unemployed and current workers to the real skills-based career opportunities available.”

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