Posts Tagged ‘Skills for All’
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:
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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:
- Greater than 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.
What will be left on the list as with quarterly changes it is always shrinking? Read the rest of this entry »
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.
I 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: Read the rest of this entry »
- 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.
So from a workforce planning and development perspective where are the opportunities? Read the rest of this entry »
A letter today from Raymond Garrand, Chief Executive of the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology outlined the outcomes from the consultation on changes to the Skills for All Funded List.
There were 55 courses that were considered to be capped or changed in some way in terms of funding and in summary 20 courses will incur a subsidy reduction (of 30% or 50%) and 13 courses will be capped (dropped from the list) with no new enrolments from 4.4.13. This is a sensible approach and a considered measure as local training providers could have been facing major business sustainability problems if all 55 were capped or had the subsidies reduced.
Another change is that funding of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for Certificate I and II qualifications will be removed.
It seems contributing to the decision to drop qualifications from the list is that the VET fee for service market needs to be restated and that there has been a significant transfer from fee for service into Skills for All funded places. I would say that the South Australian VET fee for service market was effectively ‘killed’ within the first 6 months of Skills for All. Read the rest of this entry »
Note: this blog post is quite long and the headings should help you get to the bits you are interested in. Please let me know what you think, do you agree, disagree or have you got an entirely different perspective?
On the back of the South Australian State Government 2012-13 Mid-Year Budget Review outlining major employment, training and skills savings,consultation about the composition of Skills for All Funded Training List in Feb 2013 is underway from 19 December 2012 to 21 January 2013.
Read this blog post in conjunction with Skills for All Funded Training List – Views on the Consultation Survey.
Proposed Changes to Funded Training
55 qualifications (referred to as courses) and accredited courses are proposed to be ‘capped’. I don’t think this is the right word as its proposed enrolments will cease as of a specific date and be removed from the Skills for All Funded List.
What’s not clear is the logic behind ‘capping’. It’s seems from the Consultation on proposed changes to Funded Training List in Feb 2013 what’s on the list relates to qualifications where:
- Skills for All enrolment growth has been significant;
- Skills for All growth is expected to be minimal;
- There is a mismatch with the Estimated annual job openings vs. total 2012/13 course enrolments to date; and/or
- Where the estimated change in fee for service enrolments is a significant – or +
South Australian State Government 2012-13 Mid-Year Budget Review – major employment, training and skills savings
Jack Snelling, MP today handed down the South Australian State Government 2012-13 Mid-Year Budget Review where $464 million worth of savings need to be made over the next four years to align with lower than expected revenues.
From a workforce planning and development, employment plus Vocational Education and Training (VET) perspective the main saving announcements relate to:
Reviewing employment and grant programs in DFEEST at a saving of $40.4 million to better align with Commonwealth Government programs;
Training efficiencies to save $31.5 million including a review of subsidy levels and targeting funding to areas of industry demand
Consultation about the composition of Funded Training List in Feb 2013 is underway from 19 December 2012 to 21 January 2013. There is an invitation to participate in the consultation by completing the Funded Training List Consultation Survey and the survey should be read in conjunction with the consultation on proposed changes to Funded Training document.
The South Australian (SA) Training and Skills Commission released the 2012 Skills for Jobs 5 Year Plan today.
Chair, Adrian Smith, handed the report to the Hon Tom Kenyon MP Minister for Employment Higher Education and Skills at the launch where I was a guest and enjoyed breakfast with the Robert from the Master Builders Association on one side and Phil from Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance on the other – two very important industry sectors for SA.
With the tag line of Better Skills, Better Work, Better State the key message from the report is the twinning of participation and productivity – a target of 69% participation rate by 2025. Read the rest of this entry »