What skills will the supply chain of the future need?

Blockchain technology, mass customisation, the demand for ethical practice and traceability are just some of the drivers rapidly changing how supply chains operate right around the world. As a direct consequence, the skills needed by individual workers are also evolving and while many are specific to a particular industry or process, others are recognised as being transferable between industries or common to several elements of a supply chain.
The Cross Sector Supply Chain Skills Project has been commissioned by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). Its goal is to develop a series of skill sets and units of competency for those supply chain skills common to a range of industry sectors and in doing so, support the mobility of skilled labour and agility of the Australian workforce. It will enable the many individuals working along different parts of the supply chain to be skilled to the same world class standards and as a consequence, increase industry’s efficiency and productivity.
Ultimately, the cross sector skill sets and units of competency will be signed-off by the AISC and from that point on, form the basis for nationally recognised training throughout Australia in those skills.
Work is being led by a Project Reference Group comprising representatives from across a range of diverse industries. Oversight is by the Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee. Technical expertise and project management is by Australian Industry Standards.
How can you get involved?
It’s essential that the industry makes its voice heard on the skills needed by Australia’s supply chains. The 13 new draft units on which the committee really value your feedback are:

  • Establish blockchain in a supply chain.
  • Enable traceability in a supply chain.
  • Compliance in supply chains.
  • Manage outsourced supply chain operations.
  • Monitor ethical supply chain practices.
  • Supply chains supporting mass customisation.
  • Customer focussed supply chains.
  • Monitor digital supply chain services.
  • Build digital supply chain capability in the workforce.
  • Lead digital supply chain implementation.
  • Employ supply chain risk management practices.
  • Stock control and receivals.
  • Manage stock and inventory systems.

Commenting on the draft units is completed online through a quick and easy process. An interactive model is used whereby once registered, you simply read through the unit/s you’re interested in, click on the word or sentence that you want to comment on and type your feedback in situ.
The draft units will be available for comment until Monday, 7 January 2019. If you’d like to read more about the work underway go to the project-specific website.

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