The National Skills Summit is all about bringing leaders from across the business community and training sectors together to develop a shared understanding of what’s required to achieve excellence in the skills sector.

A series of panel discussions led by industry stakeholders, skills sector opinion leaders and students will consider the strengths of Australia’s skills sector. Of interest will be views on where improvements can be made to ensure students get the training and skills that employers require. The outcomes from these discussions will help shape the debate and the thinking of policy makers across government and the business plans of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).

For more information on what's sure to be a highly informative program at the The National Skills Summit, click on the session headings below.

.Day One Program —
.Wednesday, 1 December 2021


    Presentation synopsis:
    When it comes to defining quality in vocational education and training, there are many measures that assess employer satisfaction, student satisfaction and regulatory compliance. What measures are most valued and what attributes can correctly be attached to quality training provider?

    Presentation synopsis:
    Two award-winning vocational education and training students will offer their perspective on what they valued most from their experience with a training provider. It’s a discussion that’s sure to make you rethink your approach to engaging with students.

.Day Two Program —
.Thursday, 2 December 2021


    Presentation synopsis:
    There are many that think the traditional apprenticeship structure is archaic and that shortened apprenticeships provide the opportunity to deliver job-ready training to new workforce entrants. Hear from key employer representatives and training sector stakeholders about the merits of the current structure and the opportunities and challenges that come with alternative apprenticeship models.

    Presentation synopsis:
    There is common agreement that the process of developing and revising qualifications is cumbersome and often produces a disconnect between the skills needs of business and what is delivered. Hear from key opinion leaders about proposed innovative approaches to developing qualifications that will better support students and their employers.

.Day Three Program —
.Friday, 3 December 2021

    Presentation synopsis:
    When Covid-19 created immense difficulties for students in completing their work placement, the value of this element of vocational education and training was questioned. Here we will explore the value of work placements to students and employers and what changes to current requirements could be made.

    Presentation synopsis:
    There is considerable debate about the growing use of microcredentials in the continual reskilling of the workforce. This session will consider whether microcredentials should be accredited and what a government funding model may look like with the implications for RTOs and students.



The National Skills Summit is event is truly unique in that it offers the chance for you to hear from key business leaders, opinion leaders in the vocational education and training sector plus students. It's a line-up experts with views that will definitely get you thinking about how to position the sector for excellence.


    ■ Tracy Horton – Chair, Australian Industry & Skills Committee
    ■ Mark McKenzie – Chair, Council of Small Business Organisations Australia
    ■ Megan Lilly – Head of Education & Training, Australian Industry Group
    ■ Scott Conolly – Assistant Secretary, Australian Council of Trade Unions
    ■ Troy Williams – Chief Executive, Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia
    ■ Geoff Gwilym – Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce
    ■ Ben Bardon – Chief Executive Officer, National Australian Apprenticeship Association
    ■ Margaret Gatling – Director of Accreditation Services, Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council.
    ■ Amanda Linton – Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Certified Bookkeepers
    ■ Andrew Shea – Chief Executive Officer, Builders Academy
    ■ Matthew Dale – Partner, Audit Express

Joining you at the The National Skills Summit will be business leaders and skills sector professionals who want Australia’s vocational education and training system to achieve and deliver excellence through improved RTO performance, structural changes to qualifications development and training delivery.


1–3 December 2021
Online Webinar — 2PM to 4PM Each Day [AEDT]

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◾ ITECA Members – $195pp (GST Incl.)
◾ Non-members – $295pp (GST Incl.)

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The The National Skills Summit is brought to you by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), the peak body representing independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors.

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