Australian Skills Guarantee Discussion Paper
The paper also seeks feedback on the design of future initiatives to support women to achieve higher paying careers via vocational education and training pathways. The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DWR) are also seeking experiences about what is most effective in attracting and retaining women in occupations that have historically had low female participation. To inform the design and implementation of the Guarantee, stakeholders are invited to read the Australian Skills Guarantee Discussion Paper and make a submission.
Click here for more information. Submissions close 5pm AEDT, Thursday 22 December 2022.
WA signs up to National Skills Agreement
The West Australian government has signed up to a 12-month skills agreement with the Commonwealth to deliver about 18,800 fee-free training places worth more than $112 million.
The funding supports the new FREE IN ’23 initiative, which covers course fees for 58 full TAFE qualifications and course fees and resource fees for 56 skills sets. The course list is estimated to see approximately 8,500 fee free places in the care sector, 2,400 in technology and digital, 1,900 in agriculture, 1,500 in construction, 1,400 in hospitality and tourism, 300 in sovereign capability including manufacturing, and around 2,800 in other sectors including foundational skills.
The VET Qualifications Register for Secondary Students 2023 is now available on the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) website at https://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/training.../vet-schools.
The register details all vocational education and training qualifications available for WA secondary school students, industry advice for schools and RTOs on the suitability of qualifications students, and delivery requirements to meet industry standards. It aims to assist schools and RTOs to select qualifications that are more will help students to transition effectively to further training or employment.
Click here to access the register. If you have any comments or questions on the register please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER) have recently released a report supporting how the Vocational Education and Training (*VET) Systems is best placed to support employers address skills shortages induced by lower migration and changing economic conditions and technological changes. The research examines factors that influence an employers decision to engage with the National VET system.
Click here to read the report.
In related news, NCVER also hosted a webinar on the 8 December 2021 regarding the research findings of their report: ‘Attracting Industry Experts to Become VET Practitioners: A journey, not a destination’. The recording is now available and can be accessed here: 2021 NCVER Webinars.
RTO Forum – 3 December 2021
We were delighted to see an incredible turnout of RTOs representing our diverse industry coverage areas on Friday 3 December 2021 at the LDSC annual RTO Forum. With at least representative from each industry sector: Maritime, Retail, Aviation, Road Transport, Rail, Warehousing and Logistics. A thank you to all our presenters who provided an update on their respective areas with insight into what is occurring for their organisations next year:
Learners undertaking Vocational Education and Training (VET) must complete placement in a workplace for some courses. There is currently a lack of consistency in how these Mandatory Workplace Requirements (MWRs) are expressed in training products and there is variation in how they are interpreted and implemented by Training Providers. The Federal Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) are inviting stakeholders to provide their feedback on how MWRs are currently undertaken and how they might be improved.
Click here to provide your feedback. Feedback closes 5 November 2021.
The National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER) are hosting a webinar Attracting Industry Experts to Become VET Practitioners: A Journey, not a Destination on the 8 December 2021 at 11:30am AWST. The webinar will discuss findings of their upcoming report which involves the transition from industry to VET and the updating of skills to maintain the dual professionalism and flexibility required to train, assesses and respond to industry’s needs.
Click here for more information or here to register
In related news, NCVER have also released the VET for Secondary School Students: Insights and Outcomes Report. This report investigates the models used to deliver VET to secondary students, and reports on findings from surveys of students and parents about their motivations and aspirations.
TeamWA won the Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) Shield for the second time running in an unforgettable display of Western Australia's training and skills excellence at the 2021 WorldSkills Australia National Championships.
Of the 150 medals awarded, TeamWA competitors won 54 medals - 19 gold, 22 silver and 13 bronze medals - and seven awards for excellence. Sixteen medals were won by Perth South competitors, earning them the Evatt Shield for best performing region. The LDSC extends our congratulations to all nominees and winners.
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The National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER) have released the biennial Employers’ use and views of the VET system 2021 reports on employer engagement and satisfaction with training and on the various other ways employers meet their skills news.
Click here to access the report.
Proposed Heavy Vehicle Driver Apprenticeship
Following the request for feedback, Australian Industry Standards (AIS) hosted a webinar on Friday 8 October 2021 to unpack and clarify the proposed Heavy Vehicle Driver Apprenticeship. This was attended by more than 200 participants nationwide. The LDSC Chair, Cathi Andrews participated as one of the four members of the Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee (IRC). The proposed Heavy Vehicle Drivers Apprenticeship has been developed in response to industry’s call to professionalise the Heavy Vehicle Driver occupation. Feedback has now closed on the consultation paper, however the LDSC will keep you apprised of further developments. Thank you to those who provided the LDSC with insights into the proposed apprenticeship.
Watch this space for more information or contact the LDSC via email@example.com.