Industry Advisory Training Body (ITAB)
Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is contracted by the NSW Department of Education, Skills and Employment to engage with industry and training system stakeholders. Through this engagement the ITAB identifies and provides independent advice on training and related matters to support the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system for the Public Sector in NSW. The ITAB provides core services and advice to the Department in the following key areas:
- Identification of industry skills needs, priorities and development issues for VET in NSW.
- Providing the Department with advice and feedback on NSW training and skills needs, issues, and priorities.
- Promoting training to industry to assist in the uptake of funded training.
- Advising the Department on apprenticeship and traineeship arrangements in NSW including school-based arrangements.
- Advising the Department on implications for the NSW training system from the development and review of National Training Packages.
- Supporting the delivery of vocational education and training to school students
The ITAB supports the Corrections, Local Government, Public Safety, Public Sector and Water industries.
Delivery of ITAB services and advice is overseen by a tripartite Industry Advisory Committee that includes representatives from peak bodies, employers and employee associations for each of the sectors.
Current NSW Government Vocational Education and Training initiatives
SMART AND SKILLED
Smart and Skilled is helping people get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers. This provides eligible students with an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III; and, government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas. Students can go to the Smart and Skilled website for further information. This includes a Course Finder for students to check their eligibility, find the right Smart and Skilled course and approved training provider and estimate their student fee. The website has information for students on:
- Smart and Skilled fee arrangements
- how to enrol
- support for disadvantaged students
- apprenticeships and traineeships
- consumer protection
- recognising skills
2021 NSW TRAINING AWARDS OPEN
The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by Training Services NSW within the NSW Department of Education to recognise outstanding achievement in the Vocational Education and Training sector. Applications for the 2021 NSW Training Awards opened on 14 January 2021. Applications close Sunday, 14 March 2021. More information is available on the NSW Training Awards page.
ABORIGINAL SKILLING FOR EMPLOYMENT AND BUSINESS ADVISORY INITIATIVE GRANT APPLICATIONS OPEN
The Barranggirra Training Services NSW Aboriginal Skilling for Employment Initiative aims to strengthen the end to end support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners, including improved post-training outcomes and building stronger links for Aboriginal people with current opportunities for employment and training. Further information, including the Grant guidelines, can be found here.
The Training Services Aboriginal Business Advisory Initiative incorporates the principles of the current AEDO program and includes support for existing Aboriginal owned and operated businesses to grow and diversify their business. Further information can be found here.
Applications for both Grants will close on Friday 19 February 2021.
NSW JOBTRAINER/SKILLING FOR RECOVERY
The NSW JobTrainer/Skilling for Recovery program is supporting vocational training and skills development across NSW. The NSW Government is partnering with industry, vocational education and training providers and the Australian Government to make vocational training and skills development across NSW easier and more accessible. The program offers fee free and low fee training options to boost skills with full and part qualification course options, as well as personalised support to assist people navigating the skills and training opportunities available in NSW. More information is available on the Training Services NSW website.
SKILLS REFORM SURVEYS
Following the recent launch of www.skillsreform.gov.au, the Australian Government has released a number of surveys seeking stakeholder views including: Training Experience; RTO Standards; RTO Quality; and, Supporting the VET Workforce. The closing date for responses to the first three surveys is 12pm AEDT Monday 22 February 2021; the VET Workforce survey closes 12pm AEDT Monday 8 March 2021. Further details and access to the surveys can be found at: https://www.dese.gov.au/skills-reform-consultation/quality-reform.
VET STUDENT OUTCOMES SNAPSHOTS PUBLISHED
As part of an ongoing process to improve the availability of information around post-training student outcomes, Training Services NSW has developed the VET Student Outcomes Snapshots. The Snapshots are being published on the Smart and Skilled website and are intended to better inform decision-making on both the supply and demand side of the vocational education and training market. The following performance indicators are used in the Snapshot:
- Employment benefit
- Personal benefit
- Achieving main reason for training
- Training relevance
- Student satisfaction
- Overall non-dropout rate
- Disadvantaged non-dropout rate
For each indicator, the Smart and Skilled provider is compared against all other providers in the NSW Smart and Skilled market.
INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL TRAINING PROVIDERS
Infection prevention and control training provides business owners and employees with the skills they need to better respond to COVID-19 risks in the workplace and reduce transmission risk. Visit the Training Services NSW website to see which registered training organisations are delivering this training.
SUPERVISING YOUR APPRENTICE OR TRAINEE VIDEO SERIES
Due to precautionary social distancing measures recommended by NSW Ministry of Health, Training Services NSW is postponing all upcoming Supervisor Workshops. However, a video series has been made available designed for new supervisors or supervisors looking to refresh their knowledge or gain additional skills. The video series can be accessed here.
NSW SKILLS LIST UPDATE
Version 11.2 Of the NSW Skills List has been updated from 9 November 2020. The updated Skills list as well as links to associated information such as Prices, Fees and Subsidies can be found here.
LOCAL JOBS PROGRAM
The Local Jobs Program runs to 30 June 2022 in 25 regions throughout Australia. It brings together expertise, resources and access to funding at the local level to focus on reskilling, upskilling and employment pathways for people in each region. The program is part of supporting Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR EDUCATION PROVIDERS
The Department of Health has provided updated information on responding to COVID-19 for the education and training sector. This has been distributed to VET providers and is being sent to you as a VET sector stakeholder, for information. The factsheets can be found on the Department of Education website for you to share by clicking here.
Industry Training Packages aligned to the Public Sector ITAB
Development and maintenance of Training Packages is overseen by Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) for each of the sectors covered by the ITAB. For more information about the work of IRCs follow the links below:
Correctional services agencies operate or contract with private operators, prison facilities, and in some states and territories periodic detention centres, and are also responsible for managing offenders on community corrections’ orders.
Public sector employees play an important role in the development, review and implementation of government policies, and they provide an array of services for the community. The public sector comprises of federal, state and territory governments, statutory bodies and state-owned corporations.
Executive Officer ITAB