Skills Tasmania takes an evidence based approach to workforce priorities and funding

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Colleagues from Tasmania are working away in a practical, pragmatic way to identify workforce priorities and training needs for the state and to influence national programs and initiatives.  Whilst new evidence is being collected through consultations and forums, Tasmania’s current approach to priorities for training and workforce development are outlined here.

Upcoming Employer of Choice events build upon the work Skills Tasmania has been doing engaging workforce planning and development practitioners and Registered Training Organisations in workforce development as well as promoting good practice by employers.  In fact, both Skills Tasmania and TasTAFE have taken up the challenge to lead practice by demonstrating the importance of workforce planning and development for their workforce.

In terms of changes to funding, the first round of the Skills Fund will be open on 2.11.13 and close on 2.12.13.  A new program called Career Start will cater for learners seeking their first Certificate III, in targeted qualifications for occupations with strong jobs prospects.  Career Start places will be open for places in 2014.

Skill Tasmania’s Endorsed RTO System (for any publicly funded program) has specific requirements that providers must meet and is now open for applications.

Registration as a Skills Tasmania Endorsed RTO is the gateway for an RTO’s eligibility to apply for Skills Tasmania programs for the delivery of publicly subsidised training in Tasmania.

To be eligible to apply for registration as a Skills Tasmania Endorsed RTO, your RTO must first be ASQA registered.

All eligible RTOs can apply to become a Skills Tasmania Endorsed RTO by submitting an application to Skills Tasmania.

The Skills Tasmania Endorsed RTO system is designed to:

  • Ensure that only RTOs with quality outcomes are contracted to deliver government subsidised training;
  • Streamline the application process to access individual Skills Tasmania program subsidies; and
  • Provide recognition of RTOs that deliver quality training in Tasmania.

Specific information about the Skills Tasmania Endorsed RTO System is available below:

  • Skills Tasmania Endorsed RTO Information Kit [Word]
  • Access to publicly subsidised training
  • Provisional Endorsement
  • Application process and selection criteria

For traineeship and apprenticeship funding, the 2014 User Choice Program is open to all registered training organisations (RTOs) between 1 October 2013 and 1 December 2013.

26TEN Grant Program, 2013/14 funding round to boost adult literacy is now open and closes on 27.3.14.

The funding flow chart is useful for Registered Training Organisations however I see this as not truly enabling a demand based approach and perhaps sending a confusing message, that is a starting point of “RTO seeking funding”.  Alternatively a funding flow chart that starts with the workforce need or issue and works back to the relevant funds and then the underpinning RTO partnership and endorsement process would reinforce the evidence based approach to workforce priorities and funding.

Written by Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner, Workforce BluePrint, 29 October 2013.

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