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Skills Tasmania

Horticulture Supervisor Training Program

Program name:

Horticulture Supervisor Training Program

Program open to:

Endorsed Registered Training Organisation (ERTO) or an associated organisation

Program open date:

4 May 2022

Program close date:

20 May 2022

Program purpose:

The Program will provide a grant to an endorsed registered training organisation to undertake the training of 125 horticulture workers in supervisory skills to help horticulture businesses adapt to increased demands for supervisors in the industry.

Contact:

Grant Program Manager on 03 64777075 or carol.bracken@skills.tas.gov.au

The program will provide a grant to a single organisation to deliver the program, though relationships with other third party providers are welcomed. Training will be provided from June – September 2022.

The program will provide 125 places to horticulture workers to study the following units:

  • AHCWHS301 – Contribute to work health and safety
  • BSBLDR414 - Lead team effectiveness
  • AHCWRK306 - Comply with industry quality assurance
  • AHCWRK305 - Coordinate worksite activities

If the applying ERTO intends to use a third party or parties in the delivery of training or assessment services, ERTOs must comply with ASQA requirements as they relate to third party agreements and provide a copy or copies of current relevant third party agreement/s.  The application must also list the third-party contact details and outline the role of the third party in the delivery of the program.

From June 2022, Horticultural Businesses eligible to be funded for training must:

  • have a physical base and worksite in Tasmania,
  • be horticultural businesses,
  • make a financial co-contribution towards the training cost for workers.

Training places per employer are capped at 4 (but may be subject to negotiation and the discretion of Skills Tasmania).

Horticulture Supervisor Training Program opens for applications from ERTOs at 2pm on 4 May 2022.  Applications close at 2 pm on 20 May 2022, late applications will not be considered.

1Program objectives

The Tasmanian Government has received advice from the Fruit Growers of Tasmania Inc. that the industry requires training in supervisory skills to help business adapt to changes made by the Fair Work Commission to the Horticulture Award that come into place at the end of April 2022. This training is needed to increase the total number of supervisors on farms and upskill existing supervisors to handle the increased performance management and reporting requirements that the changes to the Horticulture Award will demand.

To ensure that the Tasmanian Government continues to be responsive to the needs of the Horticultural Industry, up to $230 000 ex GST has been allocated to fund an Endorsed Registered Training Organisation (ERTO) or an associated organisation to deliver a program consisting of supervisory training units, delivered across 3 regions of the state, for up to 125 students, largely from the ACH 30620 - Certificate III in Production Horticulture qualification or equivalent.

2Eligibility for the program

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be a Registered Training Organisations (ERTO) in Tasmania at the time of applying.
  • Be registered in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver nationally recognised training.
  • Comply with ASQA requirements as they relate to third party agreements and provide a copy or copies of current relevant third party agreement/s.
  • Have the qualifications listed on their scope of registration, or in process of being listed, for delivery in Tasmania at the time of lodging the application.
  • Provide authorise the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to release information to Skills Tasmania regarding the ERTO’s registration status, including the results of any recent audits and subsequent sanctions that may have been applied.
  • Be financially viable.
  • Agree to meet conditions and contractual obligations in the Department of State Growth (Skills Tasmania) Agreement for all Programs.
  • Be able to report training activity as part of their AVETMISS reporting.

3Applying for the program

The Program Guidelines detail the eligibility and grant conditions for this program and should be read before drafting an application.

Applications for the Program are to be completed and lodged online via SmartyGrants here.

Applicants are also required to complete and attach with the application:

Applicants may wish to complete and attach with the application:

  • Third party letter of support
  • Schedule

The application process requires you to address a number of criteria and attach supporting evidence. Applicants may wish to refer to the Skills Cost calculator in preparing their budget.

Applications are assessed and scored by a selection panel.

Successful applicants will be required to enter a grant deed with Skills Tasmania, which will set out the terms and conditions for receiving the funding.

Need more information?

Contact Grant Program Manager on 03 64777075 or by email carol.bracken@skills.tas.gov.au