From the CEO – May 2015
Last month I emailed all stakeholders in relation to the reforms underway in the Australian VET system and confirmed TLISC’s support of any opportunity to enhance the fundamental role that industry plays in determining the skills we need in our workforce.
I believe there will continue to be an important place for TLISC and the independent, expert, evidence-based advice and services we deliver to industry, government and the VET sector in general.
As we are afforded more information from the government, I will ensure our stakeholders remain well informed. Please read on for more news in relation to recent announcements.
On Friday 8 May, Senator Birmingham announced the establishment of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC), a new industry-led committee which will provide effective leadership to the vocational education and training (VET) sector in Australia.
The current Chair of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council, Mr John Pollaers, will chair the AISC comprising twelve members from industry, including a member nominated by each state and territory.
The Committee will also have one industry peak body representative rotating annually. The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has nominated the first member while the Business Council of Australia and the Australian Industry Group will participate in future rotations.
Click here to read the full media release which names the members of the committee and provides a link to their respective biographies.
Last Friday also saw a meeting of Skills Ministers as part of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council. Senator Birmingham, who chaired the meeting, declared vocational students and employers will have a simpler, more responsive national training system under projects agreed by Commonwealth, State and Territory Skills Ministers.
The COAG Skills Ministers agreed to work together to simplify the current 67 different training packages covering over 17,000 units of competency embedded in around 1,600 qualifications; review the operation of the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform; and improve existing surveys and data collections to provide more information to students and potential students, as well as employers, about training, and to reduce the compliance burden on students and providers.
Senator Birmingham’s media release is available in full here.
TLISC was delighted to host a visit by Mr Suresh Kumar the Chief Operating Officer of the Indian Logistics Skills Sector Council for two weeks in April. During this visit we were able to showcase a number of leading Australian logistics businesses and Registered Training Organisations who are delivering high quality Vocational Educational Training in Australia. TLISC signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ with the Indian Logistics Skills Sector Council in Mumbai last year so this visit by Mr Kumar was an opportunity to continue to enhance the collaborative relationship between our organisations to support improving the skills of the Logistics Workforce in both countries.
Finally, we were also pleased to meet with a delegation from Kenya this month. Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) are a government rail operator who was eager to learn about the Australian VET system and how TLISC works with the rail industry.
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