Queensland Government Meeting Focuses On Quality

Date —

26 August 2020

Education Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

A meeting between the Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training and the leadership of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) reviewed the delivery of the JobTrainer program and the problems with work placement faced by independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).

Key Issues —

ITECA Queensland enjoys a strong working relationship with the Department and plays a key link representing around 1,150 independent RTOs in the state.

This most recent meeting between ITECA Queensland and the Department provided the opportunity to deliver a shared understanding on key issues important to independent RTOs including those set out below.


Advocacy ―
JobTrainer Program Delivery In Queensland


The JobTrainer program will support around 68,500 courses directed at school leavers and job seekers. The meeting reviewed the confirmed role of independent RTOs in delivering JobTrainer programs under the state’s Skills Assured framework. The process for potentially expanding the range of independent providers able to deliver the program was also discussed.


Advocacy ―
Work Placement Barriers To Qualifications Attainment


With Covid-19 restrictions presenting challenges for students unable to meet their work placement requirement, the need to urgently put in place interim arrangements was discussed. The estimated number of students in Queensland affected by this issue in the short-term is between 18,000 to 25,000; however, some estimates suggest it is twice this amount.

Also discussed were the reputational challenges presented by a small number of unscrupulous labour hire companies that are channelling people into training programs.

A common theme throughout the discussions was the interest of the ITECA Queensland membership and the Department to quality.

Attending the meeting was the ITECA Queensland Chair (Kathleen Newcombe), the ITECA Queensland Deputy Chair (Michael Gleadow), the ITECA Chief Executive (Troy Williams) and the ITECA Manager – State Government Policy (Les Wells). Given Covid-19 social distancing measures, it was held via video conference.

“This was a productive meeting and reinforced with the Department the reputation of ITECA Queensland members for delivering the quality outcomes students and their employers value,” said Troy Williams, ITECA Chief Executive.

A discussion on the topics will be provided to the next meeting of the ITECA Queensland Provider Interest Group and for more information on this visit the link below.


Meetings ―
ITECA Queensland Member Engagement


ITECA Queensland funded provider interest group   

The importance of this meeting is signified by the fact that independent RTOs in across Queensland support more than 70% of students in vocational education and training and achieve outcomes such as course completion, post-study employment and student satisfaction commensurate with, or better than, public TAFE colleges.

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

Further Information —

If you're an ITECA Queensland member and would like more information on this matter, the ITECA team would value the opportunity to talk to you.  Simply send an email to qld@iteca.edu.au or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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