The Training Accreditation Council (TAC) has developed a number of documents to provide guidance on the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. The documents are available on the TAC website under the Standards for RTOs 2015 tab.
The Unique Student Identifier (USI) initiative comes into effect from 1 January 2015. From this date, RTOs will need to collect a valid and verified USI from each student undertaking nationally recognised training.
The National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER) has released a USI Fact Sheet which may assist RTOs further in understanding the relationship between the USI and AVETMISS reporting, and provide technical information on how the data will be validated and submitted. The Fact Sheet, AVETMISS FAQs and technical information are available from the AVETMISS support section of the NCVER website, and further information regarding the USI initiative can be found on usi.gov.au.
On 24 November 2014, the Senate referred the inquiry into the operation, regulation and funding of private vocational education and training (VET) providers in Australia to the Education and Employment References Committee for inquiry and report by 10 August 2015. The committee agreed that submissions should be received by 13 February 2015.
The committee will table interim reports to the Senate on 2 March 2015 and 15 June 2015.
The following link should remain active throughout with updates: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Education_and_Employment/vocationaled
Feedback is now open for the Validation Draft of the SIS Fitness Training Package Components.
To review and provide feedback on the content, please visit Service Skills Australia’s Feedback Register and access the project titled SIS Fitness Training Package Components.
Feedback on the SIS Fitness Validation Draft closes Saturday 31 January 2015.
The results of the International Visitor Survey for the year ending September 2014 reveal that International visitation to Western Australia has surpassed 800,000 for the first time.
Visitation by overseas travelers has increased 7% since September 2013 to 807,000 with spend increasing 6% to $2,352 million.
The report can be viewed here.
2014 is closing fast and what a year it has been for Vocational Education and Training. At a national level we have seen a succession of changes focussed on reform of the VET system, while at the State level the introduction of Future Skills WA has brought a new funding model that provides greater subsidises for training in priority occupations, but increased fees for other areas of training. This is a concern for many areas of the creative and leisure industries where specialised training to meet the needs of vitally important industry segments with either thin markets, or non-trade type defined job outcomes, is essential, yet potential students are being put off by higher fees. The review of training packages and the contestability on their development in 2015 will also no doubt provide fresh challenges for the VET system as will the overall decline in VET enrolments, including apprenticeships.
NCVER have released a report which outlines how improving the outcomes of students undertaking vocational education and training (VET) in schools is important to ensuring it is a viable post-school pathway for students.
Premier Colin Barnett has announced a cabinet reshuffle following the resignation of long-serving Minister Terry Waldron. The vacancy left by Mr Waldron will see South West Region MLC Colin Holt take responsibility for Housing and Racing and Gaming, with Mia Davies assuming the Sport and Recreation portfolio. Police and Women's Interests Minister Liza Harvey will take on Training and Workforce Development, while Deputy Premier and Health Minister Kim Hames will take the Tourism portfolio.
Apprentice chef at Frasers Restaurant, Kings Park and member of FutureNow's Hospitality Ambassador Program, Rose Bass is one of 32 finalists in the 2015 Fonterra Proud to be a Chef Program.
Rose, along with three other West Australian apprentice chefs, is off to Melbourne in February next year where they will learn new skills in a number of masterclasses, get to dine at some of Melbourne's best restaurants and have the opportunity during the 3-day trip to be mentored by leading Australian chefs.
To read more about the finals and view the full list of finalists, please click here.
Education Minister Peter Collier has announced a $17 million funding package for Vocational Education and Training (VET) in public secondary schools in 2015, in anticipation of an expected rise of 8,800 more public students enrolled in VET programs.