From the CEO – June 2015
As we fast approach the end of the financial year the next phase of the VET Reform process has commenced with the first meeting of the new Australian Industry and Skills Committee who will play a central role in the new approach to training product development. While the VET Reform process will continue to be implemented for the rest of 2015 I am happy to advise we will complete the transition process for the three Training Packages (TLI, AVI and MAR) that TLISC is responsible for between now and 31 December.
Given the changing VET landscape, TLISC has been busy developing a strategic response to ensure we are best placed to be the enabling body in addressing the growing gap in skills supply and demand in the Transport and Logistics workforce. Shortly, the ‘Expression of Interest’ process will begin for the new Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) which will be responsible for facilitating the development of training products from 1 January 2016 and TLISC will be lodging a bid to be the Skills Service Organisation for the Transport and Logistics Industry.
I am very excited about the future opportunity the new VET system will provide for our industry stakeholders and the role TLISC can play in the future – particularly given our demonstrated track record of delivering high quality outcomes for the industry. I highly value the collaborative relationships we have with stakeholders across all sectors – the foundation of the new VET System is industry engagement so through leveraging off our networks we are best placed to identify and communicate the key skilling priorities for the industry.
In May I attended Group Training Australia’s, ‘The Future of Work Seminar’ in Sydney. The theme of the conference was improving the quality of training for apprentices and trainees at a time of significant economic, demographic and technological change. The keynote address was delivered by Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training. The Minister provided an update on the VET Reform process and the key priorities that he has identified which include:
- improving the quality of training delivery and assessment,
- enabling industry leadership to identify training priorities and products, and
- enhancing the reputation that the VET system has both in Australia and internationally.
The NSW Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business, The Hon John Barilaro also addressed the conference and outlined the NSW Government’s strategic plans to meeting the Skills Challenge in the short and long term to drive and underpin the growth of the state’s economy.
TLISC’s international footprint continues to grow with a new project commencing shortly in the Ports Sector across a number of economies in the Indian Ocean. In this project we will utilise the successful model we have used in the APEC Project we are facilitating in China, The Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia for Logistics occupations. Two weeks ago in Melbourne I was able to make a presentation to the Indian Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Mr Rajiv Rudy on these projects as well as the ongoing collaboration that TLISC has with Indian Logistics Sector Skills Council.
This financial year has been a highly successful year for TLISC which was highlighted recently at the 2015 TLISC Awards for Excellence where we were able to showcase and recognise a wide range of organisations and individuals delivering high quality workforce development outcomes.