With Gail Gago stepping down from her role as Minister, and a Cabinet reshuffle about to be announced, this blog will identify 8 areas that the next Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills can quickly make a positive impact on WorkReady.
The Funded Training List (FTL) is the foundation that WorkReady is built upon and my hope is that we have a more robust system. You wouldn’t build a new building on an old, broken foundation – I believe the FTL is broken and a stronger evidence based foundation would support a fresh skills strategy for the future.
In terms of a quick stock take the last announcement from Minister Gail Gago was for $8 million WorkReady projects,
Up to 1,500 people are expected to get jobs supported by 2,600 new training places – as a result of an additional $7.9 million over the next two financial years.
$285 million is already committed for training in 2015-16 for private training organisations with Minister Gago stating,
“We are also committing $6.4 million over two years to support 2,250 new training places and other support services at private providers, offered through Jobs First STL Projects and Jobs First Employment Projects.
Focus areas include aged care, disability, early childhood care and construction, but training in other areas will be supported where there is a direct link to a job.
A subsequent call for Jobs First Employment Projects will occur early next year.”
The new Minister has the opportunity to rethink the priorities for WorkReady and move away from a list based approach to an evidence based approach. Read More