Examining options for a nationally consistent approach to VET and future skills needs

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The MTA has been proactive in responding to the National Skills Commission’s latest Discussion Paper on behalf of members which will have an impact on current and future apprentice employment and learning across the country.

The NSC has stated that its aims are to strengthen Australia’s Vocational Education Training (VET) system to ensure that it remains responsive, respected and flexible by:

  • Examining options for a nationally consistent approach to the funding of VET qualifications (on a qualification by qualification basis); and
  • Driving research and analysis of future skills needs across industry to ensure the government funded VET system addresses national labour market priorities, including those arising from developing technologies such as automations and artificial intelligence

With over 900 apprentices in training, and 500 apprentices employed throughout 240 host employers, we took the opportunity to welcome the Federal Government’s collaboration with industry and other key stakeholders to design the role and functions of the NSC, to ensure that it is able to most effectively assist in supporting these apprentices with us.

In a broad response to the NSC’s Discussion Paper, Co-designing the National Skills Commission, we highlighted that the NSC must:

  • Be transparent in regards to its work being publically available, including the methodology used for funding
  • Have a focus on local and regional solutions rather than being ‘one-size-fits-all’ in its approach
  • Consider skilled migration in VET discussion
  • Engage and consult with the MTA
  • Work together with other Government bodies without being conflicting or duplicitous

We also suggested that the NSC should engage and formalise consultative stakeholder relationships with industry associations, Group Training Organisations (GTO) and Registered Training Organisations (RTO) across Australia to utilise their experience.

At a minimum, we believe that industry associations and training and employment bodies, such as the MTA, should be recognised for the contribution we make to generate skills and employment outcomes for your businesses and should be actively consulted with as part of the work the NSC undertakes in an effort to address apprentice skills needs fairly.

If you have any questions about our advocacy in relation to training and employment measures, click here to contact your Industry and Government Engagement Manager, Kaes Cillessen.