Future METS Workforce Forum: Connecting Education with Industry

Discussion around the pending skills shortage in our industry’s future is everywhere, with an increasing need for those with STEM qualifications and cognitive skills we’ve not traditionally required in the past.

Over 50% of students studying STEM subjects haven’t even heard of the METS sector* and unless we work as a sector to better connect industry with education, this figure will not change.

Austmine’s Future METS Workforce Forum is a chance to bring together our members with our educators, to forge new connections based on a mutual understanding of the skills and specialties we need to achieve a successful and competitive future. This intensive workshop will combine thought provoking discussions with open brainstorming, to encourage new ideas and suggestions for attracting STEM-qualified students into the METS sector for their career.


Geoff Tillett, Business Manager, SkillsTech, TAFE Queensland

Rachel Parker, Professor of Innovation Studies and Director for METS Business Innovation, QUT

Clytie Dangar, General Manager Stakeholder Engagement, CRC ORE

Draft Agenda

12:00 – Opening presentation: What does the workforce of the METS sector look like in 10 years?

12:10 – Panel Discussion: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly for Future Skills in METS

12:50 – Round table discussions:

  • What does the industry need to help drive closer collaboration between universities and METS?
  • How can we funnel students through to the METS sector?
  • What programs can industry bodies such as Austmine, MCA etc. offer to help support companies?
  • What should METS and universities be doing differently in working together for the skills issue?

1:40 – Wrap up session – feedback from the discussions and action plans

Where: Rydges Southbank Brisbane, 9 Glenelg Street, South Brisbane, QLD 4101

When: Tuesday May 21, 2019

Time: 12pm – 2pm

Fee: No charge

Please note – a seated lunch will be served during this workshop, so numbers will be strictly limited and attendance is required once you’ve signed up.

*This Workshop is available to Austmine members registered for Austmine 2019 Conference and Exhibition