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Snapshot July 2022

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A ‘see it a glance’ look at what’s happening in the ACFIPS industry sectors plus government and conference news.
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Jobs and Skills Summit

The Jobs and Skills Summit led by the Prime Minister and Treasurer, and supported by other key ministers, will recommend immediate actions and opportunities for medium and long-term reform. Although Summit attendance will be limited and invitation only, Treasury will invite submissions and engage the wider community over the next 12 months.

The Summit is being held at Parliament House, Canberra on 1-2 September 2022, with a focus and the subsequent Employment White Paper on:

• keeping unemployment low, boosting productivity and incomes

• delivering secure, well-paid jobs and strong, sustainable wages growth

• expanding employment opportunities for all Australians including the most disadvantaged

• addressing skills shortages and getting our skills mix right over the long term

• improving migration settings to support higher productivity and wages

• maximising jobs and opportunities from renewable energy, tackling climate change, the digital economy, the care economy and a Future Made in Australia

• ensuring women have equal opportunities and equal pay.

The Summit program and an issues paper will be published before the event. Submissions to the White Paper will open later in 2022.

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Federal, State and Territory Skills Ministers to work in partnership

Ministers agreed that co-operation on strengthening the skills sector is critical to addressing skills shortages and creating a more productive economy. They have undertaken to work together in a genuine partnership and develop joint ambitions for our skills system.

Ministers committed to working in partnership to continue to grow the pipeline of skilled workers and prioritise skills reform through a collaborative and co-ordinated negotiation process.

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NCVER data shows an increase in government-funded VET students

The latest Government-funded students and courses report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) shows that there were 349, 235 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 31 December 2021, 16.8% higher than at the same time in 2020 and only slightly lower than at the end of the September quarter 2021. The number of apprentices and trainees in training remains higher than in recent years largely because of the Australian Government’s Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy.

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New research indicates higher completion rates for GTOs

The completion rates for group training organisations (GTOs) in NSW could be up to 15 percentage points higher than for employers that engage apprentices directly, according to a new study.

The report found that GTOs in NSW achieve a completion rate of 65% compared to 59% for those directly employed by a business. However, the data also shows that an average of 7% of apprentices across Australia, and 9% in NSW, who start with GTOs, transfer to direct employment in the same occupation and ultimately complete their qualifications.

The report also details the significant benefits in using GTOs including the mentoring and support for apprentices and trainees, and their ability to make good matches between apprentices and trainees with host employers.

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National Skills Week, 22-28 August 2022

This year there will once again be launches, events, and activations happening right around Australia. The best way to help celebrate National Skills Week is to get involved! You can do this by either running your own event or participating in one of the many activities being hosted in your state.

The NSW launch event will be held at NSW Parliament House on Tuesday, 23 August 2022. Keynote speaker for the lunch will be the Hon Alister Henskens SC, Minister for Skills and Training, Minister for Science, Innovation Technology.

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Business Services SBATs increasingly popular

School-Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships (SBATs) provide a means for school students, to start a career in an industry of interest before they leave school. It provides a head start for many in careers across the arts & entertainment, business, and finance to real estate, printing & graphic arts, and the communications and ICT industries. In recent years there has been a marked increase in interest by employers in taking advantage of trainees and apprentices across ACFPS industry sectors.

The most recent available data shows that Business Services traineeships have jumped from 139 in 2020 to 150 in 2021. For the first six months of 2022, there have been 91 commenced traineeships in Business Services traineeships. There will be more in the second half of 2022.

Training Services NSW has more information for NSW employers about employing apprentices and trainees.

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Commissioner's Information Bulletins

Make sure that you are aware of the most recent CIB (Commissioners Information Bulletin) for the administration of your industry sector’s apprenticeship and traineeship arrangements in NSW.

The CIB specifies the training framework, industrial arrangements, job descriptions, licencing and regulatory requirements to support the delivery of training. 

Training Services NSW and ASQA transition arrangements will be aligned. Registered training organisations (RTOs) may commence training in either the new or superseded qualification but must meet the requirements of ASQA.

The latest CIBs for ACFIPS industry sectors include:

CIB - 706 - FNS - Financial Services - Traineeships 

CIB - 727 - BSB - Business Services - Traineeships

CIB - 715 - Asset Maintenance and Surveying - Traineeships

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Latest Smart and Skilled updates

The July update includes:

• An updated NSW Skills List

• Details of the Winter Skills program

• New pricing for skilling for recovery priority part qualifications

• Updated details of the Non-Apprenticeship Pathways for Trade-Related Qualifications (Trade Related Policy)

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Digital Skills Oorganisation Toolbox

The Digital Skills Organisation has launched the DSO Toolbox to close the national digital skills gap and improve the digital capability for all.

Employers can use the tools, which include an assessment, to understand the digital skills status of their own organisations or allow individuals to gain a better understanding of their own digital potential.

From aptitude testing, self-paced human skills’ learning, free courses, and a “Next Gen’’ lifelong learning support tool, the Digital ToolBox pilot provides you exclusive access to develop your team's digital skills, obtaining immediate value within your organisation.

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2022 NSW Training Awards Presentation, Friday, 16 September 2022, Sydney
The Awards honour and reward the achievements of students, teachers, training organisations and employers. The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by Training Services NSW within the NSW Department of Education to recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector.

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2022 National VET Conference — Building Your Roadmap

The conference will be take place 3 & 4 November 2022 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. It will include a range of presentations, providing attendees with the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of plenary and elective sessions.

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Community Colleges Australia National Conference
13-14 September 2022 in Sydney

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TAFE Directors Australia Convention 2022
Courage, Change and Challenge - the Future of TAFE
15-17 November 2022 in Adelaide

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