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Skills for Future Jobs – Foreward Agenda

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

Jobs of the Future

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

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.

Jay Weatherill

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

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.

Steven and Jay

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

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

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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Skills in the Workplace with far more flexibility benefits SA based workforces

The Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST) is advertising a redesign of the Skills in the Workplace (SitW) employer/enterprise & industry association program to up-skill existing workers in areas of critical skill need.

This will mean much more flexibility and I believe an evidence based approach to workforce development strategies.

Applicants will have a month to submit applications.  This round of applications will open at 9am, Monday, 14th October and close at 5:00pm, Monday 11 November 2013.

The program redesign is aligned to a number of cross-government strategies including the new South Australian Government’s, employment strategy , the Seven ‘7’ Strategic Priorities inclusive of Growing Advanced Manufacturing, and the Manufacturing Works Strategy.Food manufacturing Continue reading

Refocussing Vocational Training in Victoria – comparison with Skills for All

Often people in the VET sector make the comment that Victoria and South Australia have a similar approach to implementing the national entitlement model – I disagree.

At the recent ACPET 2013 National Conference in Adelaide, Dr Lee-Anne Fisher presented on Victoria’s approach – reform and performance.  Both Victoria and South Australia have had 61% growth of students in AQF courses from 2008 to 2012 with the next state/territory being ACT with 28% and NSW with 24% growth.

Victoria is addressing gaps with the implementation of skills reform whilst retaining the fundamentals of entitlement, diversity of providers and differentiated subsidies.  Whilst apprenticeship numbers have slowed, traineeship numbers increased in 2012 and then dropped in 2013.

With a banded funding approach to subsidies, Victoria’s market has shifted to courses of “higher public value and labour market need” and a system of direct industry and employer engagement has been implemented for gathering workforce demand intelligence.Team of business people working together on a laptop Continue reading

Skills for All – Training Accounts Limits and What’s Next?

On 29 July 2013 the Minister published a Training Accounts Limits List for Skills for All in South Australia.  This is the percentage of training accounts remaining for new enrolments where 74 courses have a cap for 2013-14.  The course list highlights the percentage of training accounts remaining and they are divided into the following categories:what where why

  • Greater than 50%
  • 25-50%
  • Less than 25%

There are 44 courses plus a skill set off the funded training list where there will be no new enrolments from 4 September 2013.

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Skills for All Funded Training List 6.0 – Consultation Outcomes Report – still a way to go…

South Australia’s state government is continuing to make quarterly changes to the Skills for All Funded Training List with version 6.0 recently published.

Since being introduced in July 2012 there has been a 43% increase (from semester 2 2011 to semester 2 2012) in enrolments in South Australia – probably way more than what state government was expecting.  I’ll be very interested to see the final numbers for semester 1 2013 as this growth is blowing the allocated budget.  In the most recent state budget an additional $27 million was allocated to ‘catch up’ this blowout.

s4a picI wrote a blog post on the Skills for All Funded Training List 6.0 and provided this to DFEEST as feedback as part of the most recent consultations – are the right questions being asked?

There are now 201 Skills for All training providers and 1346 Skills for All courses (30.6.13).

Reviewing the Consultation Outcomes Report for the Funded Training List 6.0 the key points to note include: Continue reading

South Australian 2013 – 14 [Generation X] Budget

Honourable Jay Weatherill MP, Premier and Treasurer released the South Australian 2013 – 14 budget on 6.6.13 matching decisions with priorities in the recent Economic Statement including:

  • Creating a vibrant city
  • Realising the benefits of the mining boom for all
  • Growing advanced manufacturing
  • Premium food and wine

This is balanced with social priorities of an affordable place to live; safe communities, healthy neighbourhoods; and every chance for every child.

With Jay as Premier and Treasurer, I think he has designed a Generation X style budget, with broader definitions of policy frameworks, an entrepreneurial mindset, focus on community participation and a work life balance theme.


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