Thanks to some strong advocacy by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), the Queensland Government has provided funding for independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to deliver online training to small businesses affected by the Covid-19 crisis.
Key Issues —
Following ongoing discussions between ITECA Queensland and the state government, an allocation of up to $4 million has been made to support the small business online training package, a component of the Queensland Government’s economic recovery strategy.
Funding opportunities for independent RTOs is opening up, with expressions of interest from independent providers in Queensland sought to participate in the delivery of online courses.
This outcome is a direct result of the advocacy undertaken by ITECA Queensland branch, with the great support of our members, that highlighted the challenges that that fee-free TAFE courses presented independent RTOs. Although there is more work to be done, the availability of the funding to independent tertiary education providers in Queensland is a positive step and acknowledges that independent providers are well-placed to rapidly respond to changing markets and have the ability to deliver high valued training at short notice.
The request from the Queensland Government is to provide free access to online non-formal training libraries, courses and materials to small businesses. The training will be non-accredited and can cover a range of topics that could initiate new ideas or business processes.
Consideration will be given to proposals that provide access to existing resources, products and services, or to new services that specifically support employment and economic recovery.
Submissions close on Monday 6 July 2020 at 2pm (AEST) and for more information on applying, please see the following website:
Queensland Government —
With the active support of ITECA Queensland members, ITECA Queensland is continuing to liaise closely with the state government to ensure independent tertiary education providers have access to funding for training.
ITECA Queensland is a growing community of independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors. Outcomes such as that referenced above shows what an informed, united and influential membership can achieve – it’s a great time to get involved.
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 Queensland State Committee.
Further Information —
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