Industry Training Advisory 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.
Register now for our next GTAN and WTAN webinars
The Government and Water Trainers and Assessors Networks will next meet online on Tuesday, 27 April 2021. Facilitated by the NSW Public Sector ITAB, the meeting format will be back-to-back webinars from 9:30 to 11:15am and 10:45 to 12:30pm respectively. Training Services NSW will present midway to allow both networks to join the presentation.
They will provide input on the recently released report from the review of the NSW vocational education and training sector and also give an update on funded training/arrangements for Local Government and the Public Sector.
Fellow Network members will present on a range of initiatives and challenges for their industries allowing time for Q&A.
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
FEEDBACK SOUGHT ON WATER CONSULTATIONS
The NSW Government has published the Draft NSW Water Strategy and the Productivity Commission has published its Draft Report on Water Reform.
LGNSW will be making submissions on behalf of councils and is seeking feedback to help inform their approach.
The Draft NSW State Water Strategy has been recently published by the NSW Government. It aims to clearly articulate the water resource management and service delivery framework and policy context for NSW including how local, regional, and metropolitan water policy and planning frameworks work together.
The Productivity Commission Draft Report National Water Reform outlines a number of recommendations in response to previous submissions from stakeholders including LGNSW. It acknowledges that while the National Water Initiative has delivered some very positive outcomes, recent prolonged droughts have highlighted the need for ongoing reform.
You are invited to examine the draft report and to make a written submission or brief comment by Wednesday 24 March 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.
NSW SKILLS LIST UPDATE
The NSW Skills List has been updated. The latest is Version 11.4 and took effect from 5 March 2021. The update covers changes resulting from Training Package updates as well as new and expiring accredited courses.
The full and latest skills list is available on the Training Services NSW website.
Prices, fees and subsidies
The following documents provide detailed information on Smart and Skilled qualification prices, student fees, and additional payments over and above the subsidy known as Version 11.4.
REVIEW OF THE NSW VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING SECTOR – FINAL REPORT RELEASED
In 2020, Professor Peter Shergold AC and Mr David Gonski AC were commissioned to lead a Review on the NSW vocational education and training sector. They were asked to identify opportunities to ensure NSW remains nationally and internationally competitive, and that VET is regarded as a genuine and desirable option for school leavers.
In developing their recommendations, Professor Shergold and Mr Gonski conducted extensive research and targeted consultation with educational experts and industry leaders.
The NSW Government has now released the final report of the review, “In the same sentence: Bringing higher and vocational education together”.
The NSW Government has committed to:
- Establishing a new form of tertiary education known as NSW Institute of Applied Technology (IAT).
- Establishing Careers NSW.
- Improving the quality of vocational education made available in high schools.
- Consulting with industry experts on VET course curriculums.
- Advocating for VET student loans, similar to the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS), to be expanded to include Certificates III and IV.
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.
BERT EVANS APPRENTICE SCHLORSHIP PROGRAM OPENS
The NSW Government is providing $1.5 million to assist South Coast apprentices through the annual Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship program, State Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock has announced.
100 scholarships worth $15,000 each will support apprentices who are experiencing financial or personal hardship and demonstrate a commitment to a career in vocational education and training.
More information can be found on the TSNSW website.
FREE WORKSHOPS TO ASSIST IN SUPERVISING YOUR APPRENTICE OR TRAINEE
Training Services NSW is offering free face-to-face and/or virtual Supervisor Workshops to support workplace supervisors in learning:
- how to effectively supervise and “coach” apprentices & trainees
- the importance of effective communication in the workplace
- what to expect from the training provider – arranging training that works for you and your business
- practical ideas to help address workplace bullying and harassment issues
- about Training Services NSW – who we are and how we support you and your apprentice/trainee.
For further information please visit the TSNSW website. It is advised to bookmark this page as the information for upcoming Supervisor Workshops will be updated regularly.
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 with a 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.
APPRENTICES AND TRAINEES NATIONAL AND STATE DATA
The latest national data shows apprentice and trainee commencements were down 23% in the September quarter 2020 when compared with the same quarter in 2019.
Commencements and completions both decreased significantly in this quarter. In particular, trade commencements decreased by 28.2% and non-trade completions decreased by 20.4% when compared with the same quarter in 2019.
The total number of apprentices and trainees in-training at 30 September 2020 was down 4.2% from 30 September 2019, with a 9.2% decrease for non-trade occupations and a 1.7% decrease for trades.
These numbers are prior to the introduction of the Australian Government’s Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy in October 2020.
Media release: Apprentices and trainees 2020 – September quarter data now available
Report: Apprentices and trainees 2020: September quarter
State and territory comparisons: Apprentices and trainees 2020: September quarter
AUSTRALIAN SKILL CLASSIFICATIONS HELP LINK LABOUR MARKET TO SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
The National Skills Commission (NSC) is promoting a new mechanism that links the new Australian Skills Classification with labour market analysis and skills needs. In its latest circular it states, “Rather than using occupations and qualifications as proxies for skills, the Australian Skills Classification offers a new way of identifying the range of skills linked to occupations.
The NSC states the Australian Skills Classification framework is intended to be a ‘common language’ for skills, and identifies the range of skills linked to occupations, and enables the exploration of the connections and transferability of these skills.
The recent release includes skills profiles for 600 occupations. These skill profiles comprise three elements – core competencies, specialist tasks and technology tools.
The Australian Skills Classification can be viewed in full through the NSC online platform, methodology report, and excel file. To provide feedback the Commission invites you to visit: https://www.nationalskillscommission.gov.au/our-work/australian-skills-classification
ASQA APPROVES EXTENDED TRANSITION PERIOD FOR 15 PUA PUBLIC SAFETY QUALIFICATIONS AND THEIR ASSOCIATED SKILL SETS UNTIL 17 JULY 2022
In some cases, ASQA is empowered to approve transition periods longer than those detailed in Clauses 1.26 (a), (b) and (c) of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015.
ASQA will only consider applications for a longer transition period where it can be demonstrated that there would be genuine disadvantage to a cohort of learners if such an extension was not approved.
Where ASQA has approved an extended transition period, that arrangement applies to all RTOs delivering the specific training product to the identified learner cohort (e.g. plumbing apprentices in a specific jurisdiction where the qualification has been superseded), regardless of who made the application.
The extended training, assessment and certification issuance period for this qualification ends on 17 July 2022.
The relevant qualifications and skill sets will remain on RTOs scope of registration until the end of the extended transition period, unless the RTO chooses to withdraw it from scope prior to this. Further information can be found on the ASQA website.
AIS WEBINAR SERIES
A skilled and adaptable workforce is a critical component in supporting Australia’s recovery from COVID-19 and enabling a strong Australian economy moving forward. Australian Industry Standards (AIS) has delivered a series of webinars related to the current skilling priorities across a range of industries including the Water Industry.
The Water Industry webinar included contributions from:
- Your Industry Reference Committee on their role in addressing skills needs and current industry challenges.
- The AIS Skills Specialist for the Water (NWP) Training Package with details of proposed qualification changes to meet the needs of industry and learners.
If you missed the Webinar for the Water Industry you can access the recording on the AIS Engagement Hub page.
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.
Local government is responsible for providing a range of local services.
Australia’s Public Safety Industry is comprised of police services, fire and rescue services, emergency management agencies, the Australian Defence Force, intelligence organisations and associated administrative and support functions.
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.
The Water industry includes water supply, sewerage, drainage services and pipeline transport (water). Occupations involved in these sectors cross a wide spectrum of activities.
Executive Officer ITAB