A more Competitive Manufacturing Industry - Management and Workforce Skills and Talent

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AiG Industry Group
Publication Type:
Report
Citation:
2011, pp. 1 - 196
Issue Date:
2011-01
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The manufacturing sector is strategically important to the Victorian economy as a source of jobs, exports, investments, innovation, and research and development. Despite its declining share of national and state output, manufacturing remains the second-largest sector in the Victorian economy. The starting point for this research report, prepared by the Australian Industry Group in partnership with the University of Technology Sydney, is that effective management practices, skills and capabilities have the potential to drive productivity, innovation and competitiveness in the Victorian manufacturing sector. The sector is dependent on the availability of a skilled workforce which is able to adapt and respond to the significant challenges it faces. These challenges include the shift to higher-level skills driven by the introduction of new technologies and the demands of global competition, the recruitment and retention challenges that come from other sectors hungry for skills, such as the resources sector, and the challenges that flow from a wide public perception that manufacturing is a sector at risk. The essential questions addressed are: â¢To what extent are skills and talent critical to the competitiveness of Victoriaâs manufacturing industry? â¢How are skills and training requirements changing with the needs of industry? â¢How important are management and strategic capabilities to global competitiveness for Victorian manufacturers? Sitting behind those questions are a multitude of issues, many of which are canvassed in the report. The research has been undertaken from an industry perspective. The guiding questions have been: What are the needs of industry? And what is important to enterprises and what would make a difference? The aim of this report is to make comment on the skilling system from the perspective of where it intersects with industry and enterprises.
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