From the CEO
On 15 August 2014, Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane announced the appointment of a five-member Vocational Education and Training Advisory Board that will provide feedback to the Government as it continues reforms to the sector. The media release contains more detail and can be found here.
The Australian Government has released a ‘Discussion Paper’ for the new $476 million Industry Skills Fund (ISF). The discussion paper is available here.
The ISF is a key element in the Government’s National Industry Investment and Competitiveness Agenda. It will assist Australian industry access training and support services and develop innovative training solutions so that Australia will have the highly skilled workforce it needs to adapt to new business growth opportunities, rapid technological change and market driven structural adjustment.
As more information on the Industry Skills Fund becomes available TLISC will continue to update our industry stakeholders.
TLISC was pleased to sponsor the annual TRANZnet conference. We spent two days with Transport and Logistics Trainers and Assessors who came together to focus on “Motivating Cultural & Behavioural Change in Business”. The occasion provided the opportunity for us to provide an update about issues of mutual interest, as well as to showcase the many resources TLISC has available for use by RTOs. It also provided an interactive forum for discussion with our training provider network on key challenges and issues being confronted by them as they deliver our products to the industry.
TLISC will present a series of national professional development events for RTOs in early 2015. Stay tuned for more information.
In late July I went to Wellington, New Zealand as part of an Australian ISC delegation to meet with the New Zealand Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) and to attend their ‘2014 Workforce for the Future Conference’. This was an excellent opportunity to engage with our New Zealand counterparts on how they are meeting the challenges faced by Vocational Education & Training in the 21st Century and the strategies being developed and implemented to support their industry stakeholders.
There are many similarities between both countries and it was agreed to continue to share information and identify opportunities for collaboration. We also had a meeting with the New Zealand Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, the Hon. Steven Joyce.
Several members of the TLISC team were fortunate enough to be hosted by Patricks at their state of the art port facility in Brisbane recently. The leading edge technology utilised to manage the shipment of containers is very impressive and it is very pleasing to see that it was developed in Australia.
Finally, please join me in welcoming Judy Green to the TLISC team. Judy joins the Training Package team in the role of Senior Training Package Specialist for Road Transport, Warehousing & Logistics.