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Skills for All began on 1 July 2012 – a new model of funding Vocational Education and Training in South Australia.
Other states and territories, such as Smart and Skilled in NSW, are basing components of their new initiatives on Skills for All so even if you work outside of SA, I’d suggest the progress of Skills for All is something to watch closely.
BUT how future orientated and long sighted are some aspects of Skills for All and what have we learnt from implementation to date? What’s new and exciting?
This blog provides observations on the fundamentally changed VET market, comments on funded skill sets, RPL, the Training Guarantee for SACE Students, Skills in the Workplace and the Workforce Development Program. Read the rest of this entry »
Like Star Wars, this week there are 3 blog episodes with lots of information, tools, resources, insights and opportunities for you to pick and choose what you are interested in – just follow the links:
- starting with original post (current day) – NBN, Skills for All, Small Business Support, Social Media, State and Territory VET reforms and budgets, Training and Assessment Services for the Plumbing Industry, Workforce Architects Adelaide Program,
- followed by a sequel (future plans)- ACPET Professional Development on Workforce Development and Planning, Strategic Plan, Webinars and Workshops, Upcoming Events and Conferences – see you there!
- and then the prequel (annual wrap up) – Skills for All Australians, National VET Reform and Budget, VET Workforce, Work Life Balance and Mini Breaks, Workforce Projects
A couple of extras
Looking for a speaker for your conference, forum or event? Recent guest speaking examples are outlined here and dates are booking into 2012-13 so get in quickly with your preferred dates.
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!
If you are in South Australia then check your eligibility for free or low cost qualifications via Skills for All which begins on 2.7.12.
Written by Wendy Perry 28.6.12
“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.”
- • $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.
Get ahead of the reform and changes, build you capability in workforce development and planning and register your interested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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:
- $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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Investing in infrastructure and clean energy – National 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:
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.
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.
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.
The Commonwealth government likes the reforms being implemented in South Australia and it shouldn’t be lost that new national reforms are titled Skills for all Australians and in SA its Skills for All (implemented from July 2012). With News South Wales and Queensland moving into a period of state based VET reform, watch for similarities (and differences).
Skills for all Australians
The Prime Minister has announced a Skills Reform package for States and Territories to reform the national vocational education and training system to address skills shortages across the economy.
Skills for all Australians aims to achieve a more competitive, dynamic economy.
The Commonwealth has committed $1.75 billion over five years to achieve key reforms to be negotiated with the states and territories through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG):
- a national entitlement to training at a minimum of the first certificate III qualification so working age Australians have the opportunity to gain the skills needed to get a decent, sustainable job in Australia’s new economy;
- wider access to student loans to reduce upfront cost barriers to study at the diploma and advanced diploma level;
- increased availability of information about courses, costs and training provider quality through a new My Skills website so students and business can make well informed choices about their training options, linked to their own needs and the needs of the economy; and choose a high quality training provider to help them develop the skills they seek;
- support for quality teaching and assessment, including trialling models for independent validation of training provider assessments so students and employers can have confidence in the quality and consistency of training they purchase;
- support for a strong public training provider network through the implementation of the reforms to ensure a high quality training system is accessible to all Australians; and
- incentives to achieve improved completion of full qualifications, particularly at higher levels and for disadvantaged students, to deliver the qualified workers that business needs and give all Australians the opportunity to develop skills and participate in the workforce.
In response to the Commonwealth Government’s reform agenda on taking office, COAG agreed ambitious skills objectives by 2020 to:
- double the number of higher level qualifications completions (diploma or advanced diploma);
- halve the proportion of Australians aged 20 to 64 years without a qualification at the certificate III level or higher; and
- increase the proportion of young Australians aged 20 to 24 attaining a year 12 or equivalent to 90 per cent by 2015 (with equivalence measured as certificate II or above by 2015, and certificate III or above by 2020).
NB. COAG next meets on 13 April 2012 – watch the website for the Communique.
Friday 30 March is the day that many people have been waiting for with the release of the Skills for All Subsidy Framework and Price list. Information sessions are being run on 2 April 2012 and 4 April 2012.
The Skills for All Subsidised Training List details the qualification that can be funded. Registered Training Organisations need to apply to become a Skills for All Training Provider and a guide to completing the application has been published.
Skills in the Workplace addresses urgent skills requirements for South Australian industries and enterprises.
Delivery foundation skills programs by applying to first be a listed ACE provider and then for grant funding. Applications for the 2012/13 grant funding round must be received by Friday 27 April 2012.
The Training Guarantee for SACE students means the South Australian Government will pay a course subsidy to a Skills for All Training Provider for selected SACE students who are 16 years of age or older.
a) Closing date for the national workforce applications is this Friday. Please ensure you leave adequate time to lodge directly. If lodging through Service Skills, please lodge by 4pm AEST, Thursday 29th March 2012.
b) For those organisations running short of time to complete a full application, please complete the electronic expression of interest:
(The aim is to collate and lodge these expressions of interest for funding where sufficient detail is available).
c) ALL candidates must be enrolled in an approved project by end May. The registered training organisation must be able to report enrolments by first week of June. (Training provider admin processes will need to be operating effectively as candidates not recorded on that RTO report in the first week of June cannot be funded).
For a summary of User Choice RTO funding for Australian Apprenticeships across all states and territories read WPAA’s latest blog.
Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) Program – Funding for resource and strategic project 2012
Submissions for WELL funding are invited from eligible organisations that wish to develop a resource or strategic project that supports adult language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) training across one or more industry sectors.
Resources can include training materials that support:
- a nationally endorsed Training Package
- industry relevant LLN assessment and reporting methods, or
- professional development resources for industry trainers/assessors aligned with Training Packages.
Strategic projects must have national scope and can include:
- the development of LLN plans for a particular industry or industry group, or
- the development and implementation of a national model or strategy to integrate LLN into workplace training with a cross-industry focus.
Application forms, guidelines and other relevant information are available on the WELL website. For further information, please contact the WELL Resource Coordinator on 02 6240 7498.
Applications must be submitted electronically through WELL Online, which can be accessed through the WELL website. Resource project applications must be received by 5.00 pm AEST, Monday 16 April 2012.
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- 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
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Supporting tools and resources including:
- NBN Enabled Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) – Assess Your Capability; and
- Workforce Planner Self-evaluation
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