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TAFE and WorkReady in South Australia – how did we get here?

By | Training Pacakges, Vocational Education and Training | No Comments

Since the news broke about the terrible outcomes of the random TAFE SA audit by ASQA, the plight of the whole VET system with WorkReady in South Australia has come up for discussion in many circles.


The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has suspended 10 qualifications from the scope of registration of TAFE SA (RTO number 41026).

TAFE SA was subject to routine regulatory scrutiny in May 2017 which identified some non-compliance with the requirements of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Quality Framework. Read More

WorkReady – shake rattle and roll for VET in South Australia

By | Funding, Training Packages, Vocational Education and Training | No Comments

When the announcement was made last Thursday about WorkReady’s new subsidised training list I made this video WorkReady announcement pre-blog stating that I needed to sleep on the blog that I had written.  This is the blog after I slept on it for three nights as there was more to think through than I first thought.

There have certainly been signs that Vocational Education and Training (VET) in South Australia is set for a shake up.  Back on 17 January 2015 the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) suggested that providers needed more funding certainty with an article published in The Advertiser.

JobsThe Training and Skills Commission in their Skills for Future Jobs five year plan, called for the introduction a of capacity management system linked with a smaller number of quality providers.

Skills for All was launched back in 2012 and whilst there have been changes to make the VET system in SA more job outcomes focused, WorkReady seems to take a 180 degree different approach although this may have been lost in communication. Read More

Skills for Future Jobs – Foreward Agenda

By | Employment, Vocational Education and Training, Workforce Development | No Comments

The South Australian Training and Skills Commission’s Skills for Future Jobs report emphasises engagement as an extremely important priority and why is that?

Well the commission is suggesting eight additional criteria for Skills for All providers including:

  • Established mechanisms to support industry engagement and the development of collaborative partnerships with employers (including for the identification of relevant competencies in training packages delivered by RTOs).
  • Industry endorsement of training delivery (online, hybrid or peer-based environment aligned to the intended occupational outcome.

A Forward Agenda for the Commission includes thought leadership on Training Package reform; best-practice models for industry engagement; and alternative pedagogical approaches that fit with the needs of specific student groups.

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South Australian Workforce Vision needed to address State’s Economic Priorities

By | Economic Development, Entrepreneurs, Vocational Education and Training, Workforce Development, Workforce Planning | One Comment

Press release Monday, August 25th, 2014 – Workforce BluePrint

Australia’s leading workforce planning and development specialist has recommended the creation of a South Australian Workforce Plan and Workforce Capability Framework to reflect the 10 economic priorities that form part of the new vision for the State’s economic transformation, announced by Premier Jay Weatherill on 11 August 2014 at a CEDA event.

The SA Workforce Plan and Capability Framework would outline capabilities and be mapped to units of competency and qualifications and a Skills for All initiative that supports South Australian Economic Priorities.

Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner, Workforce BluePrint, said that a State Workforce Vision and Plan would be the next obvious step in State Development, to cement the State as a place where people and businesses thrive.

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Skills for All – An Alternative Approach for the new South Australian Government

By | Vocational Education and Training, Workforce Development, Workforce Planning | No Comments

This blog post is written to outline an alternative approach for planning, prioritising and funding skills development that builds upon Skills for All’s strengths, addresses the weaknesses and takes advantage of opportunities, all for the new South Australian government, whomever that may be from 15.3.14 or there abouts.

Survey Results and Pilots

I have reviewed DFEEST’s recent survey reports on 2013 Graduate Outcomes and Student Satisfaction plus the Training Innovation Pilots in Community Services and Hospitality as well as Pre-Apprenticeships Pathways.

The pilots are clearly about addressing some of the weaknesses identified in my previous blog, particularly weakness #1, 2 and 3.

An opportunity would be to base these programs on workforce demand with a workforce plan for the Community Services sector and one for the Hospitality sector if they are identified as industry sectors of strategic importance to South Australia and/or reflect regional priorities.

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Skills for All – Strengths, Weaknesses & Possible Confusion

By | Funding, Reform, Vocational Education and Training | One Comment

The South Australia government Skills for All initiative was implemented in July 2012 and has undergone a number of updates and changes.  Now the initiative has both strengths and weaknesses plus a possibly confused set of messages.

With a state election looming and whatever side of politics wins this is probably a good time to take stock and consider where to next?

Firstly let’s look at strengths and weaknesses as in an upcoming blog I’ll outline opportunities and alternatives to the current focus for Skills for All.

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Strength #1 – “I’d recommend this course”

Results of the 2013 Graduate Survey Outcome Report published by DFEEST on Skills for All – Training for Jobs indicated a high level (91% of those surveyed) of people recommending their course to others and a number of areas for improvement or consideration.

The majority of people (80%) undertook their course, “…to get a job or to change jobs and improve career prospects.”


Weakness #1 – Lag in gaining employment Read More

Total VET Activity Reporting started 1.1.14

By | Reform, Vocational Education and Training | No Comments

Late last year I hosted the VET Activity Reporting webinars which was a pleasant and smooth experience – a big success.  Thanks go to Kelly from the Department of Industry for liaising so closely with us, to Scott and Jess from our team who provided technical support and managed the 100’s of questions that people posted in the webinar.

I’ve had lots of feedback, questions that I’ve referred onto the national email address and many people (thousands) have hit the website to download the presentations and recordings.  Here’s a link in case you would like to share the information with your colleagues:

We’ve hosted webinars for the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, DFEEST on Skills for All, and this VET Activity Reporting series so when you ‘d like a host for your own webinar or series, please get in touch.

A theme in the questions and feedback is one of checking on the basics and then applying this to an RTO’s specific circumstance, funding contracts and requirements.  So I asked the presenters the following question:

What data will you accept, how often do you want, how should it be uploaded (in what format and via what process) and what are the due dates?

From NCVER and the South Australian government I got immediate responses and as I hear from all states and territories I’ll update this blog.

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Skills for All Future Directions – what’s new or different?

By | Funding, Skills, Vocational Education and Training | No Comments

Latest announcements (13.12.13) from the South Australian state government include:

Training courses will be ranked according to their industry demand and projected job openings.

A sliding scale of Government subsidy will be applied to courses with higher subsidy support for courses that address skills shortages and lead to employment.

This price banding will be more responsive to the changing needs of the economy, jobs market and provide greater certainty for the training and skills industry.

Industry groups and training providers told us they wanted to see less reliance on reducing enrolments through caps and move to a price banding model to better target training.  (Source: Skills for All Newsletter)

To read about these changes in more detail go to this link for an outline of the Skills for All Future Directions, Consultation Outcomes Report, FAQ’s, Course List and Guidelines for Training Providers.  What’s new or different?

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Skills for Jobs 2013 – The Training and Skills Commission 5-Year Workforce Development Plan launched

By | Skills, Vocational Education and Training, Workforce Development | No Comments

In the setting of the Adelaide Zoo, The Training and Skills Commission launched Skills for Jobs: Five-Year Workforce Development Plan, detailed over two volumes and with a summary of a forward agenda for 2014.

Following an address from Minister Tom Kenyon, Commission chair Adrian Smith and Commission members Dr Michael Keating AC, Prof John Buchanan and Lindsay Palmer JP, spoke to different aspects of the plan with a Q & A panel  to conclude the formal part of the morning.  This format was an improvement on the 2012 event where the audience didn’t really get to hear much about the content of the plan.

With a focus on the implementation of Skills for All by the State Government, the Commission outlined recommendations to the Minister in the following areas:

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