Category Archives: Vocational Education and Training

Skills for All and Opportunities for You

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Skills for All, the Strategic Direction for Vocational Education and Training in South Australia 2011-2014 has been published and was great weekend reading with the pink highlighter pen out!

What does Skills for All offer?

  • extra $194 million over the next 6 years for an additional 100 000 places
  • transition to a National VET Regulator in 2011
  • income contingent loans and concession fees for low income earners
  • Skills in the Workplace initiative to upskill employees in support of their workforce development – sharing the costs with government where more than 200 employees – at least 50%; 100-199 employees at least 25%; less than 100 employees at least 10%
  • independent and endorsed workforce development advisors
  • subsidies – full for Cert I and II; 80% for Cert III and IV; 70% for Dip and Adv Dip; up to 100% for priority qualifications, critical skills and specialised occupations
  • designated skills set training once/year based upon advice from industry
  • move towards fully contestable training market
  • from 1.7.11 the Office of TAFE SA will be formed
  • training information portal
  • plain language document on provider services and outcomes for students, awareness of opportunities to feedback concerns or complaints from students and regular info campaigns
  • $6.4 million in additional funding for foundation skills and Adult and Community Education (ACE)
  • reduction in VET cost per hour closer to the national VET average
  • Skills for All providers will receive subsidies for delivery in rural locations that reflect additional costs with thin markets
  • targeted professional development initiatives that address contemporary education and training and workforce development practice
  • nominated capability building initiatives to ensure good practice for providers
  • a new Employer Recognition Program initially recognising employers of apprentices and expanding over time for employers who are committed to developing the skills of their workforce
  • employers co-investment with Government in integrate workforce development plans, encourage industry uptake of workforce development, industry investment and skill development for new and emerging industries and technologies
  • workforce development support including toolkits, workshops and resources

So here’s some ideas on what to consider now so you are ready for the roll out:

  • training providers must demonstrate the demand for skills and jobs, links to industry and funding required – this means taking an evidence based approach and analysing workforce, industry and regional demand
  • registration and qualification requirements as a Skills for All training provider – this is additional to the minimum AQTF standards and you’ll need to be on the look out for when DFEEST releases the requirements
  • increased focus on recognition of prior learning and identifying student learning needs – think about RPL as opt out of not op in and who you can tap into for learner support
  • at enrolment students and their provider will develop a customised training plan – do you already have this in place or will you need to develop a template and tools?
  • the subsidy price will be paid monthly to qualified providers based upon module completions – how will your cash flow work and what systems will you need to put in place for reporting?
  • one website will have information about Skills for All providers – how will you keep this up to date and what about your own website, maybe time for review and some advice?
  • DFEEST will provide information to students – how could you maximise this promotional opportunity and do you need to rethink your marketing strategy?
  • ACE partners – who do you know?  who can you work with? do/can/will you deliver foundation skills?
  • VET costing – do you know all the inputs, all the outputs and the return on the investment?
  • Delivery in rural locations – get familiar with the Accessibility Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA) to determine regional loadings and classify your target markets based upon industries, student cohorts and regions – locality, SLA and postcode are important data sets here
  • need to better engage and support SME’s – facilitate a workforce development style conversation and identify all their needs
  • employer recognition – what about the commitment of your own organisation to workforce development?  are you leading the way?
  • focus on workforce development – this is moving beyond training and assessment and workforce skills development towards a workforce planning approach

What’s next – have a look at the key implementation milestones with the Skills in the Workplace program due for August 2011 with most activities kicking off publicly from June 2011 through until 2012-13.

Make sure you subscribe for further updates and what you are looking forward to?

Are you an Australian VET Leader?

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YES – then join the Australian VET Leaders Linkedin group, take a proactive approach to your professional development, influence policy discussions and develop your political nous.

This group has activated a network of insightful, innovative and energetic people whose vision and dynamism can usher a future of progress, positive change and the sharing of knowledge.

The main goal of this group is to increase the productivity of the VET workforce and contribute to the productivity of the Australian workforce by developing a Community of Practice (CoP) with members from around the country to share ideas, inspire others and discuss leadership and succession planning issues faced by VET organisations. Drawing together a variety of people to work on a solutions based approach to transferring knowledge about implementing the national training system and ways to partner to address VET workforce issues is our focus.

A number of artifacts have been developed by the CoP, including a National VET landscape diagram, career maps of members, the development of an emerging VET leader competency profile, self assessment results and the compilation of a draft paper on VET Workforce Succession Planning with a leadership focus.

Specific outcomes to date include:

  • Documenting skills of emerging VET leaders to use as a CoP measurement as well as to go into organisation training plans to aid their growth through self assessment and validation of data;
  • Developing real information and data on VET pathways, career maps and competencies on VET and the issues participants face within it, to allow the development of a sector succession plan;
  • Building relationships across Australia with members drawn from private, public, ACE and enterprise Registered Training Organisations; industry bodies; policy, research and private sector organisations.

Formerly known as “Emerging VET Leaders”, the activities undertaken to date and the success of the community are due to the focus of the participants which has further defined the domain of knowledge through the following activities:

  • Four face to face forums in different states – Adelaide, Melbourne, Launceston (linked with the NCVER Conference) & Sydney
  • Each state forum has been hosted by different and local community of practice members
  • Have held four social functions in line with the forums including networking at the ACPET National Conference in Hobart
  • Teleconference and email facilities have also been readily used.

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.