Category Archives: Workforce Planning

Workforce BluePrint Episode 1 Current day – original post

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Like Star Wars, this week you’ll see 3 blog posts over the next 3 days – starting with original post (current day), followed by a sequel (future plans) and then the prequel (annual wrap up).

National Broadband Network (NBN) Use high definition video with vStream ACPET National NBN e-learning project and join the NBN Enabled Capability Development Network group on LinkedIn.

Skills for All (South Australia) Skills for All is here and read about the South Australian state budget and Skills for All count down.

Small Business Support Volunteering as the chair for the SMART Business Association Wendy Perry recently hosted the very successful Brand and Identity MEGA Networking lunch.  This lunch was followed by the Southern Adelaide SA Works Network meeting which Wendy chairs, where CE of DFEEST, Raymond Gerrand outlined the new Skills for All program to be operational in South Australia from 2.7.12.

Social Media Keep up to date and stay connected with the latest news and information.

Workforce BluePrint blog’s for workforce development and planning plus Facebook and Twitter.

Connect with Head Workforce Planner, Wendy Perry, Wendy Perry on LinkedIn, Wendy Perry on Facebook, Wendy Perry on Twitter and Wendy Perry on You Tube – subscribe to the channel.

State and Territory VET reforms and budgets A summary of New South Wales State Budget 2012-13, and the South Australian state budget has a common theme “living within our means”.

Training and Assessment Services – are provided in Plumbing, Product Training and Consultancy for Registered Training Organisations, equipment suppliers, engineering and plumbing companies.

Want to develop your skills and practice in workforce development and planning?  Workforce Architects Silver program in Adelaide on 27 July 2012 – places limited, book now!

The Workforce Architect Silver program will be run face 2 face (supported by online communication) on 27.7.12 in Adelaide, 9.30 am – 3.00 pm at the Education Development Centre (Room G51) with BYO mobile device and lunch.  This program covers the development of a workforce plan for an enterprise or organisation; workforce measurement and analysis; workforce development strategies; researching workforce demand and supply.

Workshop materials will be provided via email with tea, coffee and water included.  Facilitated by Head Workforce Planner, Wendy Perry, you will work through practical steps, tools and an evidence based approach to workforce development and planning.

Investment in the program is $300+GST with a 10% discount if 3 or more people book into a program from the same organisation or association. Book your place now by emailing meredith@workforceblueprint.com.au.

All Workforce Architects programs are mapped to unit of competency from National Training Packages (BSB and TAE).

Workforce BluePrint’s Workforce Plan Tool will be launched soon and if you are interested in taking a look please let us know and join Workforce Planning Tools group on LinkedIn.

Written by Wendy Perry, 25.6.12

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Skills for All is Here

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South Australia’s Skills for All is Here

Watch the Hon Jay Weatherill’s and Hom Tom Kenyon’s sites for the latest news.

The media followed yesterday’s story Hundreds of TAFE courses to be free leading you to www.skills.sa.gov.au.

So let’s start with the Eligibility Check (which took more than 1 minute) revealing the following:

Completed

You are eligible for a funded training opportunity in:

  • one funded course at Certificate I to Advanced Diploma
  • an unlimited number of funded priority courses
  • one funded skill set per annum

The next step is Searching for a training course which means you must know what you are looking for with the following results:

  • all qualifications, all industries returns 1648 matching courses Skills for All funded
  • fee free offers 388 courses
  • priority courses highlights 47 matching courses
  • TAFESA only = 189 courses or 11.5% of Skills for All funded courses

Then to ‘find a training provider’.  In today’s search 41 Registered Training Organisations are listed as Skills for All providers – congratulations to you!

How much does training cost ?  Well nothing for:

  • nationally recognised certificate I and II level courses
  • accredited courses to improve reading, writing, numbers and computer skills
  • courses determined to be priorities for the State

For Certificate III – Advanced Diploma qualifications or the skill set it’s a question for the Skills for All Training Provider so ask for their fee policies.

How to enrol has 4 steps:

  • Choose a career and the qualification needed
  • Search for a course and Choose a Skills for All Training Provider using the search tools
  • Visit or contact the Skills for All Training Provider to discuss your learning needs and eligibility for the course
  • Apply to enrol at your Skills for All Training Provider

The way these steps are described needs to be customised.  For example, choose a career for people upskilling and broadening their skills doesn’t fit and in those 3 words such a big decision is implied for school leavers or those people re-entering the workforce.

Searching for a course means you must know what you are looking for and then the Skills for All Provider needs to gear up very quickly to take the enquiries.  Incorporating career advice is an important component of the overall program (with 32 industries to search across) as well as phone, email, web and Skills for All on Facebook.

Look out for the next blog on the customer contact experience with Skills for All and potential Skills for All Training Providers – please post comments on your experience too.

New South Wales State Budget 2012-13

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In the context of challenging economic times, the NSW Budget 2012-13 delivers what this State needs – responsible spending that enables us to deliver more housing and more infrastructure. Mike Baird MP, NSW Treasurer.

Like the South Australian state budget “living within our means” is the theme.

We have identified more than $1.24 billion in cuts to existing programs and will engage

business to help deliver services better, while ensuring value for money is achieved.”

The main components of the New South Wales State budget in terms of investment are:

  • over the next 4 years an increase in infrastructure spending of $2.2 billion a year
  • $30 million has been set aside to commence preparations for a new Sydney Motorway
  • up to $100 million in infrastructure in the Illawarra as determined by Infrastructure NSW
  • significant overhaul of arrangements and incentives for the NSW housing and construction sector
  • Health – 500 new nurses, additional resources and services
  • Education – $98 million is allocated for early childhood education and care
  • Police, Law and Order – 400 more police
  • $125 million per year to support tourism and major events
  • Regional NSW – for primary industries, natural resource management, water and sewerage supply
  • Small business – 50 per cent increase to funding for assistance programs
  • Expansion of disability services with $336 million delivering 9,125 new places as part of Stronger Together Two
  • $134 million has been allocated for specialist homelessness services
  • $40 million for the new Mental Health Commission and more money for cochlear implants to help children with hearing difficulties
  • extra $96 million will be spent to help the SES prepare for and respond to flood and storm events

Read the budget highlights and summary of Building the State – the package to stimulate the housing sector.

For information on skills you really have to go searching with the Minister for Education’s statement focussing on early childcare and schools highlighting $2.2 billion on vocational education and training,

“That includes funding for TAFE NSW Institutes, registered training providers both private and community based, and regulating apprenticeships and traineeships to improve skills and increase higher qualification levels in NSW,” Mr Piccoli said.

“For TAFE NSW we have allocated $76 million to start 10 new major building and IT projects while continuing work on 17 major building and IT projects.”

See media releases for each Minister and portfolios for further opportunities.

Webinars and Workshops

Get ahead of the reform and changes, build you capability in workforce development and planning and register your interested by emailing wendy@workforceblueprint.com.au for these upcoming webinars:

  • Budget 2012-13 – Workforce Development and Planning
  • Engaging Employers, Stakeholders and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
  • Funding for Workforce Development and Planning Initiatives
  • NBN for e-Learning
  • Workforce Plan Tool
  • VET Reform: the National Picture

Written by Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner at Workforce BluePrint and Managing Director, WPAA.

South Australian State Budget and Skills for All countdown

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South Australian State Budget and Skills for All countdown

“The 2012–13 State Budget has the lowest net spending since this Government came to office,” Mr Snelling said.

Living within our means or ‘living thin’ is the theme of the budget.

“The new spending initiatives we have announced in the 2012-13 State Budget have been targeted at people who need it most, with record spending in disabilities, into areas of high need and into initiatives that make a difference to South Australians.”

These include:

  • $212.5 million to boost to disability services, the largest injection into disabilities in more than 25 years;
  • $45.7 million on a one-off Water Security Rebate to help alleviate the costs of increased water prices;
  • $38.3 million on a new Mining and Engineering Industry Training Centre to ensure South Australians have the skills for the mining jobs of the future;
  • $30.4 million on a new digital system for pathology testing for better patient care in our health system;
  • $28.7 million to redevelop the Parks Community Centre in Adelaide’s north western suburbs;
  • $20 million to make sure South Australia is ready for a launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme;
  • $19.8 million in additional funding to boost support for our children in need of alternative care;
  • $8.3 million to boost equipment and training for our emergency services;
  • $8.3 million on an Advanced Manufacturing Strategy to support growth in this vital sector;
  • $5.6 million to extend the $8000 First Home Bonus Grant for at least another 12 months;
  • $5.1 million for a stamp duty concessions for people buying off-the-plan apartments in the City; and
  • $3.3 million for a pilot program in Adelaide’s northern suburbs for early support for vulnerable families with infants with young children.

Workforce development opportunities in the budget include:

  • Disability sector and not for profits to transition to service provision with the National Disability Insurance Scheme – $1 million over two years to support planning and preparation for the transition from the current block funding arrangements to a more competitive disability services environment in line with a proposed NDIS.
  • Mining and Engineering industry training, mobile workforces and skills for support service providers – $38.3 million on a dedicated centre of training excellence for the mining, engineering, defence and transport industries
  • Outplacement, career development and skills recognition (RPL) for public servants
  • Small and medium enterprise capability to bid for and win contracts
  • Transference of skilled workers across major projects, infrastructure building and upgrades with NEW projects including:

–          $110 million on the grade separation of the Goodwood rail junction;

–          $19 million to build a dedicated Mining and Engineering Industry Training Centre at Regency Park;

–          $13.2 million on the upgrade and signalisation of the intersection of Tiver Road and Main North Road at Evanston;

–          $11.9 million on the Parks Community Centre redevelopment;

  • Water industry and implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan
  • Volunteer training for emergency services:

–          “The CFS and SES will receive $2.6 million over the next four years for the nationally endorsed training. There will be six frontline training staff to bolster frontline support to volunteers,” he said.  Both the CFS/SES are required to provide training in areas such as fire fighting, road crash rescue and marine search and rescue.

  • Advanced Manufacturing sector with $8.3 million over four years for the implementation of an Advanced Manufacturing Strategy including a Mining Industry Participation Office, an Advanced Manufacturing Council, industry intelligence and capability mapping, as well as improving links between research institutions and industry to drive innovation.
  • Early Childhood, Infant and Family based programs
  • Digital Health system implementation and related skills
  • Defence Teaming Centre $2 million for the peak association
  • Critical Skills Investment Program $48.1 million for traineeships and apprenticeships in priority skills areas and through Group Training Organisations
  • New Regional Development Fund would provide $3 million per year on programs that support regional economic development, employment and the attraction of new investment.

Some of the key savings initiatives announced as part of the 2012-13 State Budget include:

  • $372.9 million on the suspension of the electrification of the Gawler and Outer Harbor rail lines. The electrification of the Noarlunga line through to Seaford and the network train capacity will increase;
  • $255.6 million on making the public service more efficient by increasing their efficiency dividend from 0.25% to 1.0% from 2013-14 to be offset by $81.9 million of spending on a new public sector skills and retention entitlement to retain experienced public servants;
  • $166.8 million on the reduction of 1000 full-time equivalent employees in the public service through either targeted voluntary separation packages (TVSP) or natural attrition to be offset by $60.4 million of spending to the cost of providing TVSPs over the same period;
  • $121.2 million on deferring the abolition of stamp duty on non-real property transfers;
  • $77 million on deferring a redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and a rehabilitation in-patient unit at the Modbury Hospital.
  • • Merging the Department of Environment and Natural Resources with the Department of Water, not renewing the Government’s lease on corporate facilities at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and ending funding for the Thinkers in Residence program and the Integrated Design Commission; and
  • $120.4 million on the abolition of payroll tax exemptions for eligible apprentices and trainees to be offset by $48.1 million of spending re-target support directly to registered group training organisations.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

The Government will change the way it supports apprentices and trainees to coincide with the commencement of the Skills For All training scheme – abolishing payroll tax exemptions and targeting funding for qualifications that are of strategic importance.

Group training organisations (GTO) will be rewarded as Australian Apprenticeship completions rates are at least 10% higher than non GTO’s.  Organisations employing an apprentice/trainee in a priority skill area will receive a completion bonus.

Skills for All from July 2012

Skills for All provider contract terms and conditions have been released with providers expectant to hear news if they have been offered a contract, aiming to understand the student eligibility criteria, the subsidised training list, and waiting to be listed as a Skills for All training provider.   Skills in the workplace applications are open and throughout June 2012 the Hon Tom Kenyon MP will be visiting regions launching the new regional networks (former SA Works Networks).

A new Critical Skills Investment Program has been allocated $48.1 million over four years in the State Budget. It will support training in areas of critical skills needs, and to increase the numbers of apprentices and trainees who complete their training.

Coming soon   – By July 2012, Skills for All training providers and the courses they are approved to deliver will be listed on this website, with contact information for every provider.

Webinars and Workshops

Get ahead of the reform and changes, build you capability in workforce development and planning and register your interested by emailing wendy@workforceblueprint.com.au for these upcoming webinars:

  • Budget 2012-13 – Workforce Development and Planning
  • Engaging Employers, Stakeholders and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
  • Funding for Workforce Development and Planning Initiatives
  • NBN for e-Learning
  • Workforce Plan Tool
  • VET Reform: the National Picture

For further information on the 2012-13 South Australian state budget go to: http://www.statebudget.sa.gov.au/home.html

Written by Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner at Workforce BluePrint and Managing Director, WPAA.

Budget 2012-13 – Workforce Development and Planning

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Budget 2012-13 – Workforce Development and Planning

Delivered by THE HONOURABLE WAYNE SWAN MP, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND TREASURER OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

After listening to the budget speech, reading news and online articles, and analysing the opportunities for workforce development and planning, the following insights are provided from this perspective by Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner, Workforce BluePrint.

The workforce focussed features and opportunities in the budget include:

  1. $714 million to help companies compete, on top of the $3.7 billion in small business tax breaks – Offsetting a current year tax loss of up to $1 million against tax paid in previous years; a refund of up to $300,000.
  2. Funding the first stage of a National Disability Insurance Scheme – $1 billion will be provided over 4 years to roll out the first stage of an NDIS, which is expected to cover 10,000 people from 2013?14 and 20,000 people from 2014?15.
  3. Investing in dental services – $515 million in funding to address immediate dental care needs; $346 million over three years will target public dental waiting lists; $78 million to help dentists relocate to regional, rural and remote areas; $81 million to boost training for graduate dentists and therapists; and $10.5 million to promote better oral health.
  4. Strengthening the aged care system – $3.7 billion package to address pressing areas of need, and lays the foundations for future reform; $660 million over five years for incentives to invest in quality services for those who do need to enter residential care; and $1.2 billion over five years to build a better trained and better paid aged care workforce.
  5. Investments across the health system and across the country – 76 new health infrastructure projects to upgrade regional hospitals and support training where doctors are needed most, costing $475 million; $5 billion from the Health and Hospitals Fund; $50 million over four years to fund a phased expansion of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program; and national e?Health agenda $234 million.
  6. Removing barriers to work and lifting skills boosts productivity and creates wealth – $1.75 billion National Partnership on Skills Reform; another $101 million to support the Government’s skills agenda; $61 million to improve older workers training and employment services; additional $225 million for the Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance program; $1.5 billion over 5 years on a new Remote Jobs and Community program that will provide new employment services for remote Australia; $54 million to encourage maths and science studies at school and university; and $38.8 billion in higher education, with extra support for students from poorer backgrounds.
  7. Investing in infrastructure and clean energyNational Broadband Network and $36 billion Nation Building programs for road, rail and port networks.

Workforce development and planning gaps and issues to be addressed include:

  • Small business support
  • Disability service sector growth
  • Dental and allied health workforce expansion
  • Aged care including home and community care workforce attraction and training
  • Health workforce development including e-health
  • Skills reform
  • Retaining older workers
  • Participation of parents
  • Remote worker engagement
  • Maths and science based skills development
  • Higher education support
  • Major infrastructure projects workforce planning
  • Digital literacy skills development
  • Seasonal labour strategies and overseas sources of workers

For information on funding, grants, reductions, specific Vocational Education and Training (VET), employment, skills and workforce development programs go to:

Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

Defence

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Economic Potential of Senior Australians — employment assistance, Employment Service Arrangements, Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance Program, Mature Age Participation — job seeker assistance, Remote Jobs and Communities Program, Schools — Teach Remote, and Seasonal Labour Mobility Program with Pacific Island Countries and East Timor.

Health and Ageing

Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education: Australian Apprenticeships, Australian Skills Centres of Excellence, ASQA, Higher Education, More Help for Mature Age Workers, Adult and Community Education for Senior Australians (60+ years), International Education, Maths and Science, Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE), MySkills website, National Skills Reform, National Workforce Development Fund (additional $35 million over four years), Small Business Advisory Services, VET FEE-HELP Assistance Scheme Redesign, and Workforce Innovation Program.

Resources, Energy and Tourism

Funding has been redirected or moved into priority areas from a number of existing programs.  This will mean that the Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Employment Services sectors including Australian Apprenticeship Centres, Disability Employment Services, Group Training Companies, Job Services Australia providers, Higher Education providers, Industry or Peak Bodies and Registered Training Organisations, with government funding, will need to carefully consider their workforce development and planning needs to position for the future.

Maximise Your Workforce Productivity = Capability x Capacity + Contribution

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Blog courtesy of Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner, Workforce BluePrint who presented Maximise Your Workforce Productivity and Uncover Funding Opportunities at a breakfast event in Townsville on 17 April 2012 sponsored by DEEWR and the Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE.

QLD is nearly twice as likely to be having difficulty in attracting staff in regional towns/cities (48.6%) than the national average (25.8%). The mining states of WA & QLD are also facing difficulty in attracting staff to rural and remote locations, with twice as many respondents in these combined states saying this is the case (17.9%), compared to the rest of Australia (8.9%). Labourers have been much more difficult to recruit in QLD (20.3%), which has recently suffered considerable damage from flooding, than the other states.

Source: Bank West Skills Shortage Report, April 2012

Why Workforce Planning?  Why for you?

  • Risk management
  • Significant employer or small employer
  • Dynamic and complex economy
  • Legislative and contractual environment
  • Significant growth or downsizing
  • Challenges with shift in demographics and age profile
  • Industry and policy directions (national, state, local)
  • New project, site, facility
  • Problems attracting, recruiting and retaining staff
  • Improve quality, workplace health and safety
  • Example of good practice and increasing requirements for contracts/client expectations
  • Evidence based approach for capability, tenders and proposals

Business Health Check – strengths and development needs

At a high level where are the strengths and where are the development needs?

From 0 – 10 rate your organisation across the following areas:

  • Strategic Direction
  • Development of Business Processes
  • Human Resources
  • Finances
  • Customers
  • Market Analysis

What is Workforce Planning?  What is Workforce Development?

Workforce Planning is the process of taking stock of the current workforce, forecasting future workforce requirements and identifying gaps or issues.

Workforce Development relates to strategies and activities that bridge those gaps.

Develop a workforce plan in 5 easy steps

  1. Context and environment
  2. Current workforce profile
  3. Future workforce profile
  4. Gap analysis and closing strategies
  5. Review and evaluation

Who should be involved?

  • Business owner/manager and/or executive commitment
    • Whole of business?  Slice/sample?  Depends on the size of your organisation
    • Utilise communication mechanisms across the organisation – executive, management, general staff, clients
    • Incorporate existing information e.g. Staff surveys, performance management,  job descriptions
    • An approach that works well is a working group representing job roles
    • Development of a project plan
    • Over educate & over communicate

Design workforce development strategies to attract and retain your workforce – build capability and capacity plus contribution.  Gap closing strategies may include:

#1 = Retention

  • Ageing particularly if you have an outside workforce with Workplace Health and Safety issues
  • Succession planning, knowledge management, communication, career paths
  • Training needs analysis, learning and development plans, leadership development
  • Work Life Balance – packaging benefits of flexible working arrangements, phased retirement
  • Employer of Choice, reward and recognition
  • Common employee views – not feeling valued and respected, could attract a higher salary elsewhere, don’t like internal politics
  • Check on excessive hours, stress management
  • Priority occupations – demand vs. supply + or –

#2 = Attraction and Recruitment

Maximise Your Workforce Productivity by building on Capability x Capacity + Contribution through a workforce plan and take control.  Already have a workforce plan in place?  Use this checklist to compare your plan against a good practice approach.

Subscribe to this blog for the next post on Uncovering Funding Opportunities.

Happy Australia Day!

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Our Number 1 Australia Day spot is Port Elliot and Goolwa on the Fleurieu Peninsula.  Why recommend it?  It’s 45 minutes from our office, has beautiful beaches, a seaside village atmosphere with wineries, food/produce and markets close by.

Read this article about our Australia Day mini break experience and let us know you favourite mini break spot.

Taking mini breaks fits with our values and core competencies especially Work Life Balance – what Work Life Balance provisions does your organisation provide and are mini breaks in the package?

It’a a brief blog this time as the BBQ and beach is calling – we hope you enjoy your Australia Day wherever you may be!

NEW for 2012 Workforce Planning and Development Conference Talks (C) and Workshop (W) Topics

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Looking for relevant and practical professional development and engaging conference presenters?  Any of these NEW topics interest you?

  • A Broader View of Client Workforce Development
  • An Introduction to Innovative Workforce Management
  • Building Competency Frameworks to Measure Workforce Capability
  • Developing a Workforce Plan in 5 Easy Steps
  • Engaging Employers, Stakeholders and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
  • Future Service Provision
  • Give Your Organisation a Health Check  or Give your charity a business check
  • How to Develop a Skills Profile
  • Organisational Development – what every CEO, HR and VET professional must know
  • Regional Workforce Planning
  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Work Life Balance – An Introduction
  • Small and Medium Sized Enterprise (SME) Extreme Make-over
  • Teleworking and Working at Home
  • What’s in your Innovation Toolkit?
  • Workforce Development and Planning in Practice

NB. Check out the info on customisation

Supporting tools and resources including:

  • NBN Enabled Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) – Assess Your Capability; and
  • Workforce Planner Self-evaluation

Interested?  YES, then read about the details of the topics, send an email to wendy@workforceplanningtools.com.au with your pick and mix list or specific focus area and we’ll come back to discuss what you want, a brief proposal and possible dates.  Thank you!

PS. join the Workforce Planning Tools LinkedIn Group for links, tips and hints.

What’s hot in Workforce Development for 2012?

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As we look towards 2012, funding, innovation, productivity, regional development, sustainability, and workforce development strategies are ‘hot’ from an enterprise, government and industry perspective.  Pick n mix from the following opportunities and get in touch with Workforce BluePrint if you would like an experienced workforce development and planning service provider as your partner, planner or professional developer.

Australian Apprenticeship Centre tender – Australian Apprenticeships Centres:

• Provide assistance to employers, Australian Apprentices and training providers throughout the duration of the Australian Apprenticeship which ends with the successful completion of the Australian Apprenticeship
• Assist in meeting the Australian Government targets in relation to Closing the Gap in Indigenous disadvantage
• Work with the State and Territory Training Authorities to provide an integrated service
• Establish effective relationships with Job Services Australia providers, Group Training Organisations, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), schools and community organisations
• Administer Australian Apprenticeships incentive payments to employers and Australian Apprentices
• Market and promote Australian Apprenticeships in the local area.

Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring Program and the Australian Apprenticeships Advisers Program focusing on retention and choosing the right Australian Apprenticeship are open to receive applications now.

Clean Energy Future – The Jobs and Competitiveness Program; Additional Measures for Manufacturing; Support for the Steel Industry; Support for the Coal Industry; Clean Technology Investment Program; Clean Energy Skills; Energy Efficiency Information Grants; Low Carbon Australia; Low Carbon Communities.

Critical Skills Investment Fund – On 19 September 2011, the Minister for Skills and Jobs, the Hon Senator Chris Evans, announced successful projects under Funding Round 1 worth more than $41 million, with Australian Government contributing $28 million.  The successful projects provide rapid and innovative training that is tailored to meet the immediate skills needs of enterprises in the resources, construction, infrastructure and renewable energy industry sectors.

Enterprise Connect – The WIIN Round 8 application period opens on 1 December 2011 closing at 5.00 pm AEDST on 6 January 2012.  WIIN Round 8 is seeking applications for the delivery of activities to enable Australian businesses to be more competitive in the global economy. To download a copy of the theme document (DOC 164.5KB) simply click on the link.  The following sets out the key dates for upcoming WIIN Rounds.

Round

Application Period Activity Delivered Period

8

1 December 2011 – 6
January 2012
1 July 2012 – 30 September 2012

9

10 February 2012 – 12 March 2012 1 October 2012 – 31 December 2012

10

7 May 2012 – 4 June 2012 1 January 2013 – 31 March 2013

Information on the themes and topics for future rounds will be provided prior to the round opening. This information needs to be read in conjunction with the WIIN Guidelines prior to lodging your application.

Gender Diversity – There is a strong business case and equity argument for gender diversity with organisations and industry sectors realising the opportunity for more women in the workforce.

National Resources Workforce Development Strategy – The strategy identifies a number of specific projects that will be delivered in partnership with industry. Before calling for proposals, DEEWR will consult with industry stakeholders on the project objectives and deliverables and will vary for each project.

National Workforce Development Fund – first round closed 30 September 2011 – look out for future rounds.

National Workforce Productivity Agency – Senator Evans said the National Workforce and Productivity Agency, which was announced in the May budget, would begin its work next month (October 2011) instead of its original start date of July next year.

Regional Development Australia Fund – On 3 November 2011, Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Simon Crean MP, launched Round Two of the RDAF and provided a further $200 million to support priority projects in regional Australia.

Suburban Jobs Program – Stakeholder feedback on the draft Program Guidelines is currently being considered in the development of the final Suburban Jobs Program Guidelines. Once finalised, the Program guidelines, application form and funding agreement will be made available on the department’s website and eligible applicants will be invited to submit applications for funding under the Suburban Jobs Program. Applications will be assessed against the eligibility and selection criteria outlined in the final Program guidelines, after which recommendations for funding will be made to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.  One to keep an eye on!

Sustainable Australia – Measures – Sustainable Communities – The 2011-12 Budget provides $150 million to support a sustainable population in Australia through four measures: Suburban Jobs; Sustainable Regional Development; Promoting Regional Living; and Measuring Sustainability. These measures have strong links to other government initiatives, including changes to the Regional Sponsored Migrant Scheme, making it easier for skilled migrants to progress to permanent residency in regional Australia.

Teleworking – Industry research on the call/contact centre sector, teleworking and working at home agents supported by technology including national broadband.

Vocational Education and Training – We know you get loads of emails, copies of reports and research so just for you, here’s a summary of what’s hot in VET for 2012.

Workforce Development – Workforce development strategies bridge the gap between the current workforce and the desired workforce
forecast.

Workforce Innovation Program – The Workforce Innovation Program is part of the broader Australian Government approach to workforce development. The program provides funding for innovative, one-off projects that address workforce skill needs.

Work Life Balance – Increasingly work flexibility and Work Life Balance are emerging as workforce issues and development gaps.

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Get Ready for Skills for All

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If you are operating in the South Australian training market then ‘get ready’ is the key message from the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST).  Get ready for:

  • the application process to open in the last week or two of October 2011;
  • the course (qualifications and skills sets/licence outcomes) list in November 2011 – could be a specialist occupation, state priority (such as Defence, Mining, Arts), foundation skills and/or meet specific  industry needs; and
  • the price list available in December 2011.

Prices will be detailed at a unit of competency level and will vary depending on AQF levels.  The rates will be based upon an average of User Choice, Productivity Places Program and TAFESA’s recurrent funding amounts (referred to as FSI500) together with a comparison of interstate VET prices.  Payments are planned on units of competency completion (RTOs will need to manage their cash flow well) paid on a monthly cycle with bonus payments for full completions.

Certificate I and II will be fully subsidised, Certificate III and IV 80% subsidised and Diploma and Advanced Diploma 70% subsidised with concessions available (Healthcare/Veterans Card) and 1 skills set/year for eligible applicants.  DFEEST will publish a minimum and maximum fee to be paid to make up the difference between the subsidised % and the full costs.  RPL will be fully funded.

The Quality Directorate is moving into the area of contract and purchasing quality.  Applications for Skills for All will be online, no fees to apply, with no closing date and it’s recommended that the RTO’s CEO gain a log in.  RTOs can work on their application over time until they are ready to ‘submit’ their submission.  If providers submit in December 2o11, the Minister will make some providers an offer with contract negotiations over January – March 2012 and the first list of Skills for All providers will be made public in April 2012.  Fact Sheet 2 Applying to be a Skills for All Provider procedure details the process for applications and assessments.

If you are a User Choice provider and want to continue after July 2012, you need to register as a Skills for All provider.  Providers may also wish to register for VET fee help with the option of income contingent loans for students.

Now for the main game, what are the selection criteria (Fact Sheet 3) for providers?  Well, it’s all about performance…

  • regulatory record (information will be shared with DFEEST and the regulator, ASQA);
  • contract compliance;
  • financial health (of the whole organisation, not only the RTO);
  • number of graduates;
  • student and employer satisfaction (quality indicator reports via Training Packages); and
  • graduate outcomes.

Tips for providers: focus on your strengths, where industry/client demand and your performance is high, where you have strong industry connections and excellent graduate outcomes.

DFEEST is taking an evidence based approach to Skills for All providers with data and evidence to be provided about:

  • Meeting SA Guidelines for RTOs;
  • Meeting student learning needs;
  • the RTO;
  • Training Package/s; and
  • Each qualification.

Review Fact Sheet 4 Preparing to Apply to be a Skills for All Training Provider for all the details on specific evidence – if you don’t have a workforce plan for your RTO and/or a recent Training Needs Analysis then this has to be the catalyst!

A few final things..

  • What RTOs put in their application will form part of the contract requirements;
  • The contract will be monitored with an annual review, reporting and claims requirements, benchmarking across similar courses with triggers if you are an ‘outlier’ in terms of performance/price or receive complaints against your RTO; and
  • Information on Skills in the Workplace will be available in October 2011.

Throughout 2012, the level of interest in workforce development, with RTOs building their own workforce plan’s and undertaking professional development in workforce development and planning, has significantly increased as leaders are positioning themselves to be primed for Skills for All and national reforms – are you?

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PS. Have you seen the latest announcement from Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services about additional User Choice funding for Existing Worker Certificate III Training Contracts?  For commencing contracts on or after1.9.11, all existing worker trainees under a Cert III qual will attract a User Choice subsidy in South Australia.  For further info, contact Chris Pyne, Manager, Traineeship and Apprenticeship Programs.