Skills for Work is a Tasmanian Government initiative to improve the vocational education and training (VET) system in Tasmania.
Skills for Work incorporates a number of projects and programs tailored to meet the requirements of Tasmania's training system and the skills needs of our State.
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform (NPSR) [PDF], signed in April 2012 and Tasmanian Government objectives inform the Skills for Work projects.
The National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform
The NPSR is a federally funded agreement aimed at improving the VET system in Australia. The NPSR is worth $39.1 million of training funds to Tasmania, directly linked to reform over five years. The detail of implementation, targets and payments that govern the $39 million is outlined in the Implementation Plan [PDF] a bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth and Tasmania.
The NPSR is guided by four themes:
- Access & Equity reforms provide greater opportunities for participation in education and training. Projects include the establishment of a National Training Entitlement and Income Contingent Loans (ICLs) through the VET FEE-HELP assistance scheme.
- Efficiency reforms respond to the needs of students, employers and industry such as Government to Government Information Exchange and the importance of supporting TasTAFE to operate effectively in the training market.
- Transparency reforms enable better understanding of the VET activity occurring around the country through improvements to the collection and flow of data within the training system and the establishment of MySkills website www.myskills.gov.au
- Quality reforms aim to deliver high quality learning alongside qualifications that are relevant to individuals, employers and industry through projects such as the Endorsed Registered Training Organisation (RTO) System and Independent Validation of RTO Assessment.
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