When the government in the Australian Capital Territory slashed funding that allowed independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to deliver vocational education and training, the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) worked with its members to have these cuts overturned. The ACT Government has listened to ITECA, and reinstating the funding that will support so many ITECA members and their students in these troubled times.
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As part of its economic response to the Covid-19 virus outbreak, the government in the Australian Capital Territory has reinstated funding cuts to the vocational education and training system. This is a great outcome for both students and ITECA members.
The ACT Chief Minister’s office has advised ITECA that the government will reinstate the 2019 subsidy levels for the User Choice and Skilled Capital training programs, which had been drastically cut at the start of the year. This change will apply only for 2020 enrolments and will be retrospective for students who have already commenced in subsidised courses this year.
From the outset, ITECA was critical of the cuts and the impact that they would have on students and existing workers looking to gain the training and skills for the next stage in their working career.
The ACT Government’s response is timely as the local economy comes to terms with the outcomes from measures to deal with the Covid-19 virus outbreak. In these challenging times where unemployment is sure to rise, the ability for ITECA members to support more people by placing them in meaningful training is important, and that’s what this decision makes possible.
The ACT Government’s decision also provides timely support for the RTOs within the Territory’s independent vocational education and training sector.
“ITECA members were doing it tough in the wake of the cuts, then came along the economic impact of the response to the Covid-19 virus outbreak. Many providers are being pushed to the brink. This decision to restore funding to deliver skills across the Territory is timely. It will support ITECA members that have a track-record of offering students and their employers the outcomes they are looking for,” ITECA Chief Executive, Mr Troy Williams, told local media.
This outcome is a powerful demonstration of what member-driven advocacy can achieve. Members worked with the ITECA Australian Capital Territory Branch to highlight the adverse impact the ACT Government’s cuts would have on students and the sustainability of the RTOs across the Territory. ITECA worked with our members in taking this issue to the ACT Chief Minister, and we then strongly – and most effectively – argued the case for change. This outcome shows what can be achieved when ITECA members come together.
The independent vocational and training sector is the dominant provider of skills and training in the Territory, and supports over 48% of the approximately 49,000 students in vocational education and training in the Territory at a substantially higher completion rate than other providers according to the latest data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
Member Engagement —
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 Australian Capital Territory Committee.
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