Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, has paid tribute to the outstanding collaborative efforts between business and higher education recognised at the 2011 Business and Higher Education Round Table Awards last night.
“Collaboration between industry and our universities is essential for building a successful, adaptive workforce and a prosperous nation,” Senator Evans said.
“Better collaboration between industry and higher education providers will help ensure that we have the skilled workforce to fill the jobs of the future.”
Senator Evans said current modelling revealed Australia would need to fill 500,000 new jobs by 2013, with many of these requiring well trained and highly skilled workers.
“In Australia we are in the enviable position of being able to devise strategies to meet the demands of a growing employment market,” said Senator Evans.
“The Gillard Government is determined to ensure every Australian has access to the education and training they need so they have the chance to share in the nation’s growing prosperity.
“We have been given the opportunity – propelled by the billions of dollars being invested in our resources sector – to build a highly skilled, productive and educated workforce.”
Senator Evans congratulated the B-HERT for 21 years of driving collaboration between business and higher education and encouraged it to continue its important work as the Australian Government works to lift higher educational attainment through the introduction in 2012 of the demand driven funding system.
A list of 2011 Business-Higher Education Round Table Award winners is below.
Senator Evans’ Media Contact: Amy McKenna 0408 570 603