From the CEO
From the CEO
Thank you to all those industry organisations who have submitted entries for the 2015 TLISC Awards for Excellence. Judging will shortly take place and the winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner in Melbourne on Thursday 9 April 2015.
The key priority over the last month for the TLISC team has been on the completion of our 2015 Environmental Scan. I would like to extend my appreciation to the wide range of industry stakeholders who have made a critical contribution to this important research publication. The industry intelligence gathered informs our key strategic priorities through identifying current and emerging skill needs, skill and labour shortages and highlighting innovative practices across all industry sectors.
In Sydney on the 5 February I attended a forum hosted by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry where the Assistant Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Senator Simon Birmingham delivered his first major speech since being promoted to the ministry. In his speech Senator Birmingham provided feedback from his participation in consultations across the country which has included representatives from training organisations, industry bodies and employers.
Senator Birmingham said he remained committed to the VET Reform process and that the concerns and issues which were highlighted during his consultations included:
- Quality and the need to deal with dodgy providers
- Ensuring relevance of training qualifications, content and funding incentives being geared towards the needs of employers and our economy
- Reduction of Red Tape – strangling providers and employers with a maze of reporting requirements, assessments and audits, without necessarily lifting the quality of training outcomes
- Lifting the status of Vocational Education and Training and addressing the perception that it is second rate and promote the benefits of trades and skills as equally valued alternatives to a university degree
Applications are now open for the ‘Industry Skills Fund’. This $476 million fund is a programme that provides Australian businesses with access to training so that they are better placed to success in a rapidly changing economy. The fund will deliver 200,000 training places and training support services over four years, starting in January 2015.
For more information on the Industry Skills Fund please find relevant information using this link.
Over the last month the Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham has facilitated consultations across all states and territories on the future of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia. TLISC participated in the first consultation in Melbourne.
The transcript of Senator Birmingham’s address at the Melbourne Vocational Education and Training (VET) consultation on 15 January 2015 can be found here.
TLISC remains committed and focussed on supporting the VET reform process and will be submitting a response to the ‘Discussion Paper – Review of Training Packages and Accredited Courses’. Please note, responses need to be submitted by the 18 February 2015.
National Training Complaints Hotline – 13 38 73
Please note a new hotline is now available for VET students and employers who wish to report rogue training providers. Details of the hotline can be found later in this newsletter.
03 9604 7208