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CEO Newsletter Article – January 2015

Firstly, best wishes to all of our Transport & Logistics Industry stakeholders for a safe, productive and successful 2015. We are currently finalising the 2015 TLISC Environmental Scan which will provide an up-to-date snapshot on the key issues affecting workplace productivity, national skills development and workforce planning in the Australian Transport and Logistics Industry. I would like to extend my appreciation to the wide range of industry stakeholders who have provided informed input into this critical industry intelligence activity.

The E Scan will provide strategic guidance in identifying key areas of focus for TLISC activities this year including;

  • Informing current and emerging skill needs for the continuous improvement of the TLISC Training Packages
  • Providing up to date intelligence on potential skill and labour shortages
  • Information on the deployment of new technology and application of innovative practices

On 9 April the 2015 TLISC Awards for Excellence at Crown in Melbourne will provide an opportunity to celebrate and recognise outstanding practice across our industry in workforce development.

On 21 December Prime Minister Abbott announced changes to ministerial arrangements and portfolio responsibilities. As a consequence, skills and training policy and programs were transferred to the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education and Training. Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham was appointed Assistant Minister for Education and Training and will assume responsibility for skills and training.

I would like to extend my best wishes and congratulate both ministers, TLISC is committed and excited about continuing to actively support the government’s implementation of reform to the VET System in Australia. Ensuring that Australia develops a highly skilled workforce is essential to enable our economy to be competitive in an increasingly challenging global marketplace.

As part of the government’s Vocational Education and Training reform agenda two discussion papers were released in October by the Department of Industry, they were;

  • Industry Engagement in Training Package Development – Towards a Contestable Model
  • Review of Training Packages and Accredited Courses

The discussion papers are available here.

On 24 December, TLISC submitted a response to the first Discussion Paper – ‘Industry Engagement in Training Package Development – Towards a Contestable Model’. The focus in the TLISC Submission was to strongly advocate the leadership role that ‘Industry’ needs to play in identifying and defining what qualifications are developed under any of the three approaches identified in the ‘Discussion Paper’.

TLISC exists to support the Transport and Logistics Industry to maintain and grow a highly skilled and productive workforce. Our training package development process is highly transparent and inclusive and includes collaboration and engagement with industry leaders, peak bodies, industry regulators, enterprise owners, their managers and employees. We have developed an excellent reputation for working with a broad range of stakeholders, often with competing interests, to consistently develop high quality industry-defined, compliant qualification outcomes.

Submissions for the Review of Training Packages and Accredited Courses – Discussion Paper need to be submitted by 18 February. Consultations are being facilitated during January, details below.

This discussion paper is intended to start the conversation with industry, employers, training providers and students about whether training packages and accredited courses are meeting their needs and the needs of the economy.

The paper provides an overview of the current system, and the case for change. It looks at the levers that are available to achieve that change, including;

  • looking at training packages to see if changes could make them more relevant to the modern economy;
  • looking at the one-size-fits-all approach to the regulation, development and maintenance of training packages and accredited courses to see if a more tailored approach would lead to improved training outcomes, and;
  • looking at whether a stronger focus on the assessment of students would better ensure the training system meets the needs of employers and individuals

The paper provides a range of possible approaches to addressing the issues raised and provides examples of alternative models from overseas for consideration.

TLISC will be developing and submitting a response and if you are interested in expressing your views there are a number of ways you can put your feedback forward, including;

  • Department of Industry’s Consultation Hub – consult.industry.gov.au
  • Feedback may also be provided through the VET Reform LinkedIn Group.
  • The department can be contacted via email – VETTaskforce@industry.gov.au or phone 13 38 73.
  • Consultations will be open from 31 October 2014 to 18 February 2015.

The VET Reform Taskforce is undertaking a round of national face-to-face consultations in every capital city throughout January and February 2015. The consultations sessions will be chaired by a member of the Vocational Education and Training Advisory Board.

To coincide with the face-to-face sessions, a series of webinars will also be delivered by the Taskforce during this period.

You can register to attend a consultation session on the National Consultations Stakeholder Engagement page.

If you would like to discuss the ‘Discussion Papers’ and/or the TLISC response please contact me.

Best wishes to all stakeholders for a highly successful 2015!

Robert Adams
CEO, TLISC
03 9604 7208
robert.adams@tlisc.org.au


PUBLISHED IN Latest News ON January 12, 2015

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