National Workforce Development Fund

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On Wednesday 10 August 2011, the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF) opened with $558 million for 2011-12 to 2014-15 and the due date for applications is 12 noon 30 September 2011*.  $148 million is available during 2011-12 which is made up of $73 million under this NWDF and $74 million under existing arrangements for the Critical Skills Investment Fund.

As the new Workforce Productivity Agency isn’t yet established (from 1 July 2012), DEEWR is managing the NWDF for this financial year using a model based upon the Enterprise Based Productivity Places Program with applications through the Industry Skills Councils.

Partnering Organsiations (POs) including enterprises, professional associations, industry bodies, lead agents for a consortia and employment service providers can apply (not Registered Training Organisations but as least 1 RTO must be involved).  The partnership for an application must involved 1 or more POs, RTO/s and an Industry Skills Council (ISC).

“A key element of the Fund is to encourage organisations to undertake workforce planning and skills needs analysis to develop training solutions that align with business goals.”  Workforce BluePrint is working with RTOs from around Australia in developing their skills and capability in workforce development and planning, RPL and Training Needs Analysis.  Read comments and feedback from participants in our programs, workshops and projects.  Use tools and templates to help you to develop your own workforce plan and for your clients.

Aged care ($25 million) and construction sectors ($25 million) are priorities linked to the mining boom, roll out of the National Broadband Network and housing demand.  There is direct link with the Cleaner Energy Future Plan as, “funding will also be allocated for projects that enhance workers’ energy efficiency skills and develop skills which support the use of low emissions technology or support the development of clean energy skills in the construction sector and across all sectors”, up to $10 million.

Proposals need to be submitted to Industry Skills Councils with most ISC’s asking for applications by late August – mid September 2011*.  ISC’s will call for proposals, convene an Assessment Panel with DEEWR to identify priorities for funding against the Assessment Criteria, submit applications to DEEWR, maintain contact with applicants, monitor the partnership arrangements, receive $$ and disperse funds, collect data and undertake reporting. 

Training through the Fund must be for an Eligble Qualification, for new workers Certificate II-Vocational Graduate Diploma and existing workers Certificate III-Vocational Graduate Diploma.  Qualifications eligible for funding are mapped to the Priority Occupation List (POL – available soon) with each ISC together with DEEWR outlining priority areas.

“RTOs delivering under the Fund must offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)…for each participant in the program.”

Have you got a partnership with the relevant Industry Skills Councils?  Follow the links below to take you to specific pages on the National Workforce Development Fund applications:

Agrifood Skills Australia

Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council

Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council

EE-Oz

Forest Works

Government Skills Australia

IBSA

 Manufacturing Skills Australia

Skills DMC

Service Skills Australia and say hi to Bernard Moore in the video

Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council

 Interested in assistance to develop a Workforce Plan, undertake a Training Needs Analysis or build your capability in workforce development and planning?  Get in touch with our Head Workforce Planner, Wendy Perry via wendy@wb.switchstartscale.com.au .

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