The Australian Capital Territory Government will provide funding for an additional 1,780 Skilled Capital places across 73 qualifications and 38 skills. These will be offered by independent providers, a direct result of the advocacy undertaken by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA).
Key Issues —
An additional 1,780 Skilled Capital places will be released in coming weeks across 73 qualifications and 38 skills and set to provide more training options for Canberrans and tackle workforce demand and supply issues. The ACT Government has targeted these qualifications to support training in key areas emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic including health care and aging support, tourism, retail and hospitality, and qualifications in community services.
The decision by the ACT Government to allow independent providers to deliver these qualifications follows strong advocacy by ITECA that highlighted the reputation of high-quality providers in delivering quality outcomes that students and their employers are looking for.
“It’s great that the ACT Government has recognised that it’s the independent sector that does the heavy-lifting in providing the skills we need as a community and, right now, these training providers are doing it tough. The decision of the ACT Government to provide funding to independent providers recognises the importance of supporting these providers today so that we retain the sector’s capacity to deliver training and skills into the future,” the ITECA Chief Executive, Mr Troy Williams, told ABC Radio in Canberra.
ITECA has welcomed the high levels of engagement in recent times with the Australian Capital Territory Government on this issue. It highlights exactly why organisations join ITECA, it gives them a seat at the table and ensured that the interests of their organisation were represented as the ACT Government developed this policy response.
The ACT Government will provide details on the allocation of the 1,780 Skilled Capital places in coming weeks.
According to the 2019 ITECA State of the Sector Report, independent RTOs support more than 70% of the 52,700 students in vocational education and training across the Australian Capital Territory.
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.
Further Information —
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