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
NSW TRAINING AWARDS WINNERS
In line with recommendations by the State and Federal Government, and health authorities for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSW Training Award event was streamed live over Facebook on 9 October 2020. This year, a new People’s Choice Award category was introduced to celebrate 65 years of the NSW Training Awards. View all 2020 winners and see their stories here.
SKILLING FOR RECOVERY – ADDITIONAL TRAINING PLACES FOR SMART AND SKILLED PROVIDERS
More than 100,000 people across NSW have the opportunity to reskill for the jobs of the future thanks to the NSW Government’s Skilling for Recovery initiative. The NSW Government has committed almost $160 million to match the Australian Government’s JobTrainer funding, which will be a key component to the state’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan. The media release can be viewed here.
INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL TRAINING PROVIDERS
Infection prevention and control training will provide business owners and employees with the skills they need to better respond to COVID-19 risks in the workplace and reduce transmission risk.
SUPERVISING YOUR APPRENTICE OR TRAINEE VIDEO SERIES
Due to the precautionary social distancing measures recommended by the NSW Ministry of Health, Training Services NSW is postponing all upcoming Supervisor Workshops. In their place a video series has been designed for new supervisors or supervisors looking to refresh their knowledge or gain additional skills. They video series can be accessed here.
NSW SKILLS LIST UPDATE
Version 11.1 of the NSW Skills List has been updated as at 1 October 2020. The updated list, as well as links to associated information such as prices, fees and subsidies, can be found on the Training Services NSW website.
BOOSTING APPRENTICESHIP COMMENCEMENTS WAGE SUBSIDY
The Federal Budget last week highlighted creating jobs and boosting the skills of Australians to help them get back into work is at the heart of the Government’s Economic Recovery Plan for Australia. The government committed to investing an additional $1.2 billion through the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy to support up to 100,000 new apprentices and trainees across Australia.
JOBTRAINER SKILLS PACKAGE
The Australian Government will invest $2 billion to give hundreds of thousands of Australians access to new skills by retraining and upskilling them into sectors with job opportunities, as the economy recovers from COVID-19. In partnership with the states and territories, more Australians will have access to free, or low cost, training places in areas of identified skills needs through the establishment of a new $1 billion JobTrainer fund.
FUNDING FOR NATIONAL CAREERS INSTITUTE
Another significant commitment in the Budget is the funding of the National Careers Institute. This investment looks to simplify and strengthen career information, promote VET pathways, and enhance partnerships between industry, employers, schools, and tertiary providers.
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 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. Factsheets can be found on the Department of Education website for you to share.
AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY AND SKILLS COMMITTEE (AISC) AND COVID-19
AISC is ensuring Australia’s national training system is well positioned to address the workforce challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic downturn. In response, the AISC established the Emergency Response Sub-committee (the sub-committee). The sub-committee was expanded by the Skills Ministers on the 15th May to enable it to continue its role in fast tracking national training products to meet longer term critical skills needs beyond COVID-19 to support economic recovery.
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