The Western Australian Government has established an urgent review of skills, training and workforce development in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Members of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) will play a lead role given their importance in supporting more than 67% of the 365,700 students undertaking vocational education and training in the state.
Key Issues —
Highlighting the important role of Western Australia’s independent vocational education and training providers will be a major priority for ITECA Western Australia as the state government undertakes its review of skills, training and workforce development.
The review will be undertaken by Ms Anne Driscoll, Director General of the Department of Training and Workforce Development, a key contact with whom ITECA enjoys a close working relationship. However, the robustness of the Western Australian Government’s commitment to an authoritative and independent review must be questioned given that the other two people leading the review are from subsidised TAFE Colleges.
ITECA Western Australia has also questioned the review’s commitment to understanding the needs of the state’s business community given the absence of an industry representative.
The Western Australian Government claims that the review will consider skills, training and workforce development that are critical to ensure a supply of skilled workers across priority industry sectors; prepare people for new and emerging industry needs and equip the health, not-for-profit and government sectors in supporting the community.
“The irony is that it is quality independent RTOs that provide the most support to students in this area, not subsidised TAFE colleges. It’s incumbent on the Western Australian Government to refocus its inquiry so that it works with independent providers that deliver the quality outcomes that students and their employers are looking for,” Mr Williams said.
ITECA Western Australia will convene a meeting of its members on Wednesday, 14 Jun 2020 to discuss the review and the opportunities to highlight the key role played by independent RTOs.
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 Western Australia State Committee.
Further Information —
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