Leonie Walsh

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Presentation:
The importance of STEM skills to our Future Industries

Leonie Walsh, Lead Scientist, Victorian Government

STREAM: PROTECT

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5 Things You Will Learn

  1. Factors driving changes in the workforce
  2. Types of skills needed by Industry
  3. The types of jobs that are projected to grow versus decline
  4. The importance of tapping into the whole of the talent pool
  5. The role of innovation in industry growth

Target Audience

Industry management, Educators in the Sector, Students in the Sector

Presentation Overview

There is much talk about the dynamic and changing work environment that is impacting both employers and employees both now and into the future. The changes impact the types of jobs that are new and emerging, the jobs that are being replaced by automation and computerization, the shift in the type of skills that industry and business are looking for as well as the need for the student of today to be prepared for a future involving multiple and perhaps diverse careers.
The two strong trends that are being profiled by industry to help accommodate these changes are the need for skills delivered through science, technology, engineering and math’s(STEM) related study including complex and creative problem solving and critical thinking whilst there is also a focus on increasing interpersonal skills such as communication skills, relationship management and teamwork skills.
The challenges in building the workforce and skills for the 21st century are broad and complex and involve a fully integrated approach in our education system from early childhood development through to higher education.
The education system alone cannot achieve the outcomes needed for this evolving and changing workforce. Teachers, parents, industry and the community each play a role in ensuring we get good communication, advice and support for the future workforce as they navigate a path in this dynamic environment.

Biography

Leonie Walsh was appointed to the inaugural role of Victorian Lead Scientist in mid-2013. Leonie chairs the newly announced Victorian Government Innovation Expert Panel, has been a contributing member on the Future Industries Ministerial Advisory Council, provides contributions to the Education State activities and STEM plan via the Tech Schools STEM Future Industries Advisory Panel and the STEM advisory committee, represents Victoria on the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists and participates on a range of advisory committees and funding assessment panels spanning innovation, education and advanced manufacturing.

Leonie had accumulated more than 25 years of technology leadership experience in a broad range of industrial applications both locally and globally with a focus on the development and commercialization of technology. Complementary to the Lead Scientist role Leonie Walsh held the honorary role of President of the Australasian Industrial Research Group (AIRG) from 2011 to 2015 with the recent transition to a number of Executive level positions. In this role Leonie established international collaborations through a new World Federation of Industrial Research Associations and as a founding partner of the Australian Governments SME to Researcher collaboration (CAESIE) between Australia and the European Union.

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