Skills Forecast

From tissues and toilet paper, medical and sanitary products, to packaging and printing – the pulp and paper manufacturing industry produces many essential paper products used every day.

This year’s Annual Update to the IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (Skills Forecast) identifies specific changes to the industry environment over the past year. It highlights the impact of COVID-19, industry response and developments, including shifting demand for different products. It also includes information about employers’ use of the national PPM – Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Industry Training Package and qualifications, including use outside of the Vocational Education and Training system and barriers to using the system.

Work is underway to review the full training package in 2020-21 as part of the Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Review Project. Therefore no projects have been identified for 2021-22.

Thank you to those who provided feedback on this draft document. Feedback was collected from 30 April until 14 May 2021, through our online feedback hub and email.

This Annual Update to the Skills Forecast will be submitted from the IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for their consideration.

View draft Annual Update and provide feedback
(including any comments that were made on it from people using the feedback hub)

Click here to download the draft document in Microsoft Word format.

What is a Skills Forecast?

Skills Forecasts describe industry trends, opportunities and challenges, and identify skills gaps and emerging skills needs. They propose a four year plan for reviewing and developing relevant units, skill sets and qualifications across a training package. They are created once every three years, but are updated annually. The Annual Updates identify any specific changes to the industry environment, and to address current priority issues.

Every year in April, the full Skills Forecast or Annual Update is submitted by the relevant IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). The AISC advises Commonwealth and State Industry and Skills Ministers on the implementation of national vocational education and training policies, and approves nationally recognised training packages.

The AISC draws on this information to update their AISC National Schedule, and to determine future Training Package Projects. View current projects, that have been approved out of previous Skills Forecasts.

Current Skills Forecast

2019 – 2022 Skills Forecast
(click here to see the draft document that was available for feedback from 15 March – 18 April 2019, including any comments made)

Skills Forecasts Archive

2020 Annual Update to 2019 – 2022 Skills Forecast 

2018 – 2021 Skills Forecast

2017 – 2020 Skills Forecast

2016 – 2019 Four Year Work Plan

Please note: IRC Skills Forecasts were previously called Four Year Work Plans.

Development Process of IRC Skills Forecasts