As the nation recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, the focus of government is on a skills-based economic recovery. The 2021 VET Business Summit - Perth is all about empowering your business with the knowledge to position your business at the centre of this activity.

At the 2021 VET Business Summit – Perth you’ll hear from leaders across government and business about the opportunities for independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Some exciting presentations include how to access Western Australian Government funding and also the VET Student Loans program to support students. You’ll also hear from business leaders about their future skills needs and even a regulatory update.

For more information on what's sure to be a highly informative program – and there's more to follow – click on the presentation headings below.
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Program Highlights
2021 ITECA Business Summit – Perth

 


    Presentation synopsis:
    The Western Australian Government has made a substantial investment in skills that recognises the ability of independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to deliver the quality outcomes sought by students and their employers. Find out about the reforms to date and the State Government's future agenda.

    Knowledge you'll gain:
    ◾ The commitment of the Western Australian Australian Government to independent RTOs in the past and into the future.
    ◾ The performance of the state's investment in skills and the opportunities it presents the sector.
    ◾ The vital role of independent vocational education and training providers in providing the state with future skills needs.



    Presentation synopsis:
    The ‘Jobs & Skills’ program is the primary vehicle the Western Australian Government uses to support delivery by independent RTOS of vocational education and training in the state. This informative presentation will review the achievements of the program. Importantly, if you’re an independent RTO looking to become a ‘Jobs & Skills’ accredited provider, you’ll hear from the Department of Training and Workforce Development of the opportunities.

    Knowledge you'll gain:
    ◾ Which qualifications are on the 'Jobs & Skills' list of subsidised courses and at what level.
    ◾ An overview of of current compliance requirements and any planned changes to these.
    ◾ The opportunity to become a new 'Jobs & Skills' approved provider.



    Presentation synopsis:
    Find out about the eight strategic priorities for Western Australia, to guide the State Government’s investment in the vocational education and training sector over the next two years. It focuses on the wide-reaching impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and identifies strategies to support the State’s recovery response, including the WA Recovery Plan and the Review of Skills, Training and Workforce Development.

    Knowledge you'll gain:
    ◾ The role of the WA State Training Board in assessing the state's skills investment priorities.
    ◾ The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and how this is likely to impact the demand for skilled labour.
    ◾ Current refomrs and what this means for funding of training delivered by independent RTOs.



    Presentation synopsis:
    The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) will spend the year playing close attention to delivery of VET In Schools programs and how RTOs transitioned to online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic, so come along to better understand the ramifications for your RTO. You’ll also get a better understanding of AQSA’s work to support your self-assurance capability, to critically examine and continuously improve practice for sustained compliance.

    Knowledge you'll gain:
    ◾ What ASQA's compliance focus on online delivery and VET In Schools means for providers.
    ◾ The future of ASQA's self-assurance project and the practical compliance outcomes for providers.



    Presentation synopsis:
    This presentation will provide an in-depth assessment of how much South Australia's vocational education and training system depends on independent RTOs. You’ll find out the total number of students, how many are with independent RTOs and what are the major study disciplines. You’ll also see how Victorian government funding for students with independent RTOs compares against other states and territories.

    Knowledge you'll gain:
    ◾ The total number of RTOs and VET students in the state.
    ◾ The study disciplines experiencing the most growth.
    ◾ How Victorian government funding for independent RTOs compares with other states.



    Presentation synopsis:
    The VET Student Loans program assists eligible students pay tuition fees for approved higher-level (diploma and above) vocational education and training (VET) courses, when studying at VET Student Loans approved course providers. This is your chance to learn about how the loan amounts are set by the Australian Government and varied to meet the actual course of delivery. What’s exciting is advice on how to become a VET Student Loans approved provider.

    Knowledge you'll gain:
    ◾ The qualifications that a student can access a VET Student Loan to support their study.
    ◾ How additional qualifications are added to the approved list and how the loan amount is determined.
    ◾ How to become a new VET Student Loans approved provider.



    Panel discussion synopsis:
    The strength of Western Australia’s vocational training system is the link between training providers and employers. Hear from a key stakeholder about why this is important and what can be done to strengthen the employer – training provider link.

    Be part of the discussion on:
    ◾ Perspectives of employers and RTO's on the link between independent RTOs and employers
    ◾ How to better engage industry with the training delivered by an independent training provider?
    ◾ The best way to ensure that employers value their engagement with independent RTOs?



    Panel discussion synopsis:
    Undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship can seem like a lifelong commitment if you’re a school leaver. Find out from employers about the approaches taken to support students from their first day on the job through to course completion..

    Be part of the discussion on:
    ◾ Employers views on strategies that work and those that don't.
    ◾ What is the key to getting young people engaged in the quest for skills?
    ◾ How do we ensure vocational training is views as a premium post-secondary study option?



    Presentation synopsis:
    A number of RTOs are regulated by the Training Accreditation Council (Western Australia) and this session will look at their current compliance areas of interest. These include changes to the TAC(WA)'s provider risk framework assessing student welfare, governance and financial viability. This is sure to be an important session for all manages of RTOs regulated by the TAC(WA).

    Knowledge you'll gain:
    ◾ An understanding of the TAC(WA)'s current regulatory focus.
    ◾ Current and possible changes in audit activity to deal with Covid-19 related risks.
    ◾ An understanding of what what the TAC(WA) is likely to raise with independent RTOs in the year ahead.

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The 2021 VET Business Summit – Perth provides you will the opportunity to meet with other Chief Executives, Managing Directors and senior compliance staff from independent RTOs. It’s a unique networking opportunity unparalleled in the state.
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 ◾ ITECA Members – $195pp (GST Incl.)
 ◾ Non-members – $395pp (GST Incl.)
Contact the ITECA Victoria team for discounts
when registering five or more guests.

REGISTER HERE

This event is brought to you by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), the peak body representing independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors.

If you have any questions on this event contact the ITECA events team via email at [email protected] or by telephone on 1300 421 017.

ITECA Membership – It's a great time to get involved.

 


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