Future skills: the education and training pipeline

Future skills: the education and training pipeline

Sep 21
Vocational and education training is a critical component of Australia's education system and will play an important role in skilling Australia's future workforce.


Dr Alexandra Heath, Head of Economic Analysis Department, Reserve Bank of Australia
Kathleen Newcombe, Chief Executive Officer, Sarina Russo Group of Companies
Jodi Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer, TAFE Queensland

Event overview

Although historically competitive, Australia faces challenges from emerging technologies with the potential to make current skills obsolete and from an increasingly well-educated and highly skilled global labour market. 

Australia’s education strategy must adjust. Reforms in the vocational and education training sector may not be enough, fast enough; the role of secondary schools and universities in traditional vocational training is vastly changed; the private-public sector mix, cost and outcomes are being tested.   

Join CEDA’s cross sector audience to hear leading speakers who are mapping the future of the labour market and working to define and deliver the skills our changing economy will require.

The CEDA national research VET: securing skills for growth examines the role of vocational education and training (VET) in meeting the skills required for Australia's growth. All attendees will receive a copy of the CEDA research report. 

Meet the speakers

Dr Alexandra Heath
Head of Economic Analysis Department, Reserve Bank of Australia

Dr Alex Heath analyses labour market dynamics and understands Australia’s changing workforce. She has held senior Reserve Bank roles, been seconded to the Bank of International Settlements in Switzerland and holds a London School of Economics PhD in Economics.

Kathleen Newcombe
Chief Executive Officer, Sarina Russo Group of Companies

Kathleen has 30 years’ experience in the higher education and VET sectors in the United States and Australia. She is a director of the International Education Association and has served on Federal and State Government Advisory Boards and Industry Associations.

Jodi Schmidt
Chief Executive Officer, TAFE Queensland

Jodie ensures TAFE Queensland is responsive to the needs of business and industry. She was previously Deputy Director General of Training and Employment, has led work on the Skills and Training Taskforce and is a member of the Ministerial Queensland International Education and Training Advisory Council.

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