Category Archives: Vocational Education and Training

Skills funding out now

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Critical Skills Investment Fund – about to be released

Get ready for this new fund to be advertised in February  2011 (we think) with expressions of interest as Stage 1.  Here’s the draft guidelines:

And did you know that CPSISC is looking to support the Construction and Property Services industry by lodging expressions of interest from February to the Australian Government?  If you are interested in participating in this program could you please send an email to James Latimore,  Workforce Development Manager on outlining project types, business profile, training requirements, location and partnership arrangements.

Enterprise Connect Funding – WIIN Round 4

Round 4: Opened on 17 January 2011 and closes on 21 February 2011 at 5.00pm AEDST.

The Workshops, Industry Intelligence & Networking (WIIN) element of the Enterprise Connect initiative offers grants of up to $50,000 for eligible organisations to deliver workshops, seminars and a range of other activities to Australian small and medium businesses.

Theme: Clean 21: the Future of Manufacturing. Clean 21: the Future of Manufacturing is the Australian Government’s manufacturing industry strategy to reduce pollution and fight climate change. It aims to make Australian manufacturing stronger by reducing costs, increasing innovation and supporting quality jobs. It is about improving what we make and how we make it.

Here’s the information document and application form.

The Social Enterprise Development and Investment Fund

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) is calling for applications for grant funding for the Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF).

The Australian Government announced in July 2010 that it would provide a $20 million cornerstone investment to seed the establishment of at least two Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds.

The principal objective of the SEDIF is to establish two or more investment funds which generate social impact investment in addition to financial return and increase capital for social enterprises in Australia through capacity building.

The Department is seeking applications for SEDIF grant funding in response to the Guidelines included below. Applications close 5pm (AEDST) 18 February 2011.

Have a good read of the guidelines and information required.

Vocational Education and Training in 2011

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Looking ahead for 2011, the Vocational Education and Training sector will get prepped for some major reform and fundamental changes from mid-late 2011 into 2012 and beyond.  What’s likely to happen?

Australian Qualifications Framework – Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE) have accepted the AQF Council’s advice including the Senior Secondary Certificate isn’t located at a specific level, Certificate III descriptor is strengthened in relation to supervising staff, limited number of additional titles for level 9, strengthen specs for Doctoral degree, implementation from 1.7.11 and work with TEQSA and higher education providers on implications.

National VET Regulator (NVR) – the December 2010 update from the Interim Chair Kaye Schofield summarises activities to date including meeting with the chairs and chiefs of Industry Skills Councils, understanding risk demand vs supply in each industry sector and planned consultations with industry and occupational regulators.  NVR will establish an Industry Engagement Unit and by April 2011 they are planning for enabling legislation to be passed, shaping of the National Regulatory Model, transition of State and Territory responsibilities and staff to the NVR and appointment of three commissioners.  NVR and TEQSA are sharing corporate services from their offices in Melbourne and its expected the 2 organisations will become one into the future.

Skills Australia – will work on the future directions of Vocational Education and Training, workforce futures, VET sector governance and providing advice on the Skilled Occupation List.  Skills Australia is seen as the peak advisory body and through 2011 I think they will make more of a mark suggesting system wide reform similar to systems in the UK.

Training Packages – implementation of recommendations from the VET Products for the 21st Century report by the Framework Implementation Action Group of the National Quality Council (NQC).  So changes to the way Training Packages are structured, what they include and the nature of competencies with an injection of behavioral content.

And finally it’s definitely not light night time reading but the Productivity Commission has published it’s Draft Research Report on the Vocational Education and Training Workforce – register your interest and get a hard copy of the draft report.

Workforce Development funding

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So where to look for funding opportunities to support your workforce development project or training of your staff?  Here’s a couple of sites and links you might find useful with programs funded by the Australian Government:

Critical Skills Investment Fund

Workforce Innovation Program

Clean Sustainable Skills Package

Teaching and Learning Capital Fund

Workplace English Language and Literacy Program

Productivity Places Program

Industry Training Strategies Program

Jobs Fund

Innovation Fund

Applications for Training Grants

Family Centred Employment Project

Social Enterprise Development and Investment Fund

IBSA supporting Workforce Development

Ausindustry Programs and Grants

Enterprise Connect Services and Grants


Post your links of funds and grants you know of and look out for a new blog post with state and territory specific funding information soon.