Queensland’s VET Investment Plan 2013-14

The consultation draft of the Queensland VET investment plan for 2013-14 is out and it is worth reading over.

Coming off of the recommendations and the governments response to the Skills and Training Taskforce, the Queensland government  has just released it’s consultation draft of the Queensland VET Investment plan 2013-2014 and in particular has introduced us to the Certificate III program part of the investment framework.

Having read over the presentation and additional information about the program, I have to say I think it is definitely a move in the right direction, particularly when there are a number of community services Certificate III qualifications in the initial funding list, including disability and aged care.  This is a solid statement about the value and need to have a starting point qualification for people with low skill levels to be able to participate in the workforce in the continually rapidly growing Community services and Health sector as well as about the importance of the sector to Queensland as a whole.

The industry Partnerships Strategy looks useful as well, particularly with the addition of funding for skills sets in critical skill shortage areas.  This is a funding shift that I have been  banging on about for quite some time now and believe that we should be focusing more on going forward, particularly where people already have a certificate III or even IV qualification.  My only concern in the discussion paper is that ‘The department is pursuing enhanced partnerships with the tourism, agriculture, resources and construction industries that support the four pillar economy.’  Now while I understand the governments focus on its four pillar economy, the largest growing employment sector in the state is the community services and health sector.  I would say to the governement, yes purse partnerships with the four pillar economy, but pursue them with the community services sector as well.  This is where significant outcomes in terms of employment can be easily made.  The sector is crying out for and will continue to cry out for, long after the mining boom is over, for skilled workers across the entire community services and health sector.

A revamping of the VET in schools program to get better align funded school based VET study with clear occupational outcomes is certainly a step in the right direction, again particularly if they look at links and employment outcomes related to the community services and health sector.  Again doing this would produce significant employment outcomes for school based VET.

So for anyone that is interested feedback and suggestions on the plan are open until 24 May 2013.

About pauldrasmussen
Paul Rasmussen is one of Australia’s most widely read Vocational Education and Training Commentators. He provides deep, unbiased analysis and insights not only on topical issues, but also on the underlying structure and policy which supports the industry. His writing and analysis has been praised for its uncompromising and thought provoking style and its ability to focus on the issues of real importance to the sector. He has advised various government departments and ministers, training providers, public and private organisations, not for profits and small to medium enterprises on the VET sector and the issues and opportunities facing it. He is one of Australia’s most awarded learning professionals and a regular speaker at a range of conventions and forums. His extensive experience in vocational education, and learning and development coupled with formal qualifications in philosophy, ethics, business and education management allow Paul to provide a unique view of the road ahead and how to navigate it.

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