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Over the last few months Australian Industry Standards has worked to support our 11 Industry Reference Committees’ (IRCs) to complete their Workplans for submission to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). These documents lay out the current state of the industries the IRCs represent, and identify current and future issues impacting their workforces. Each Workplan also contains a four-year schedule that proposes associated Training Package development and review activity to meet Industry needs. Once approved by the AISC in November, the Workplans will be published via our website.
The availability of more complete VET data is of significant benefit for IRCs and industry stakeholders in developing the Workplans. For the first time in 2015, and now in 2016, we have a far clearer picture of the extent and nature of the use of individual Training Packages. This information, made available by NCVER, is known as ’Total VET activity’ (TVA), the name reflecting that information is collected from all types of providers and not only those in receipt of Commonwealth or State/Territory funding. Earlier NCVER data relates primarily to training delivery associated with Commonwealth or State/Territory funding.
Information is available on the number of training providers, students, enrolments in programs, enrolments in subjects, hours of delivery and program completions, and importantly enables us to identify the proportion of training delivery costs borne directly by industry.
Uptake in a number of training packages was significantly underreported before the introduction of TVA. Enrolment figures for Aviation, for example, are more than four times larger than captured by the previous dataset due to the high level of industry funding for training.
Similarly, Rail industry TVA figures dwarf the prior dataset as the effects of regular recertification enter the data for the first time. The sudden increase from 2014-15 is most likely due to enterprise RTOs availing of the 12-month grace period for reporting TVA data.
Industry funding, as a proportion of total funding, is most pronounced in Electricity Generation where TVA reports that 99 per cent of units were funded by industry in 2015. In this particular case, the previous dataset recorded less than a 50th of the actual fee for service activity.
Overall, trends in the previous dataset have matched the general direction of trends seen in TVA data. But the wider net cast by TVA incorporates data that are driven by the stabilising force of industrial demand, with ever more data smoothing year on year activity and tending to a fuller picture of training activity in Australia.