Announced in early July 2020, the JobTrainer initiative is a $1 billion commitment to support delivery of 340,700 courses to school leavers and jobseekers. The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) has been asked by the National Skills Commission to provide advice as to the type of courses that may be delivered.
Key Issues —
The Australian Government's approach is that the JobTrainer initiative will fund courses in areas identified as need by the Commission, working in concert with the business community plus state and territory governments and this consultation is part of that framework.
With respect to industry-specific training, such as what may be required in the human services, building, construction, hospitality and other sectors, the Commission is liaising with peak business organisations including the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA) and the Business Council of Australia (BCA). It’s in this context that the Commission has asked ITECA for commentary on the skills required in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors.
The advice from ITECA will be used, along with that of other stakeholders, by the Commission to create a indicative list of qualifications based research, analysis and consultation. This list will help inform discussions with state and territory government, with those discussions to determine the qualifications and short courses to be funded via the JobTrainer initiative.
ITECA was a strong advocate for an initiative along the lines of the JobTrainer initiative to support a skills based recovery. Negotiations continue with each state and territory government to ensure that independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are able to play a lead role in delivery of JobTrainer programs.
Getting Involved —
ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Vocational Education and Training Reference Committee . ITECA Membership – It's a great time to get involved.
Further Information —
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