The Queensland Government has launched its new skills plan that makes a further investment in free apprentices, establishes a Ministerial Skills Roundtable and funds pilot programs in micro-credentialing and higher-level apprenticeships. There is further funding to provide career advice about vocational education and training (VET) in schools and for a new digital engagement strategy.
Key Issues —
The Skills for Queensland - Great training for quality jobs is the Queensland Government's latest initiative directed at ensuring a skilled and adaptive workforce. It aims to address the growing imperative to equip all working-aged Queenslanders with skills that meet the current and future needs of the labour market right across the state.
The plan offers a broader range of pathways and better tailoring of programs is needed to cater for a changing labour market, with additional focus on new and emerging skills and capabilities. It ams to put in place more innovative and flexible training opportunities will give Queenslanders better access to skilling, reskilling and upskilling pathways to remain agile as jobs evolve.
The six focus areas and key initiatives in the Skills Strategy build on the existing strengths of the training system to ensure planned investment is targeted and responsive to skills needed now and in the future.
Industry and small business —
- $32 million for the Free Apprenticeships initiative that will expand across to fee-free apprenticeship and traineeship training for Queenslanders up to 21 years of age.
- Refreshed industry engagement approaches with a sharper focus on small business.
- Establishment of a Ministerial Skills Roundtable.
- Biannual regional skills and jobs summits to better inform government planning.
Future skills through an adaptive system ꟷ
- $5.5 million over three years for a micro-credentialing pilot.
- $300,000 over two years for an industry-lead Higher Level Apprenticeship pilot.
- An additional $5 million to support higher level skills.
Jobs for regional Queensland —
- New Regional Jobs Committees to identify trends and opportunities and deliver place-based solutions.
- A further $5 million for the Regional Skills Adjustment Strategy so TAFE Queensland can continue to support regional workforces navigate change.
- A new Skills Assure approach to quality for government subsidised training and a strengthened approach to quality.
Inclusivity and the public provider —
- Public provider infrastructure investment of $105.8 million.
Better pathways —
- Better career advice in schools about VET options.
- An additional $1.5 million to refresh and expand the Gateway to Industry Schools Program, with an increase from six industries to 10.
- $1.6 million for a Link and Launch pilot initiative that will help disengaged young people to reconnect with further education, training and employment.
- $2.3 million for a Digital Engagement Strategy to provide tailored information on possible career pathways to empower young people to make decisions about the right career for them.
In launching the plan said that the Queensland Government Skills for Queensland - Great training for quality jobs will be implemented in 2019-20, with key initiatives rolled out to deliver real benefits at local and state levels.
On the day the initiative was launched ITECA Queensland representatives met with the leadership of the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) and reviewed some of the key initiatives.
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