From Skills for All to Skills for Jobs
With the shift in lingo, what are the main components of Skills for All to Skills for Jobs? The table below provides a high level outline and a summary of South Australia’s jobs and skills initiatives with comments on what’s working and/or could be improved.
|Initiative||Summary and comments|
|Jobs and Skills Policy||
I would like to see a focus on skills development for job roles where there is growth and/or contraction; where job roles are real priorities – specialised or in shortage occupations; opportunities for skills transferability; Australian Apprenticeships and pathways into Higher Education.
|Skills for All||Eligibility – for example with my existing Masters I can access the following according to the website:
– One course at Certificate II to Advanced Diploma
– An unlimited number of priority courses
– One skill set per annum
201 Skills for All Training providers
Funded Training List – now up to version 7.0 with many qualifications off the list and I expect it to change again soon.
Training guarantee for SACE students – the way this is structured doesn’t seem attractive to students with a School Based Apprenticeship or the completion of a VET qualification whilst at school far more attractive and practical options.
Funding for Adult and Community Education programs as well as Learner Support Services with a broader roll out imminent.
The most significant issue is what’s on or off the list as I can’t clearly see the link with an evidence base from workforce planning, demand and supply forecasting and priority or specialised/in-shortage jobs. This is particularly evident in demand areas for Australian Apprenticeships and regional priorities that are then not always taken into consideration when decisions are made.
|Workforce Development Program||The priority areas are:
See the guidelines and application form.
Written by Wendy Perry, VET Strategist, WPAA, 2 October 2013.