Last year the Committee for Melbourne held a workshop, in conjunction with Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), on ‘Future Skills’ – a critical strategic need identified in Melbourne 4.0. From the workshop, a working group was formed to address how Greater Melbourne could become a city that promotes life-long learning as core to its cultural and civic identity.
Our “Futures Skills” Working Group identified the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) review as an opportunity to submit practical ideas for how to respond to this need. After deliberation by members of the working group, the Committee surveyed our members on their thoughts on how to promote life-long learning for Greater Melbourne. As a result, the Committee recommended that the AQF formally recognise micro-credentials, in consultation with employers, which would ease transitions across the workforce, more rapidly fill skills gaps and promote lifelong learning.
Kirsty Ritchie, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melanie Machin, Vanguard Investments, and Calum Lindsey-Field, FYA, led the working group.