Apprentice funding round introduces 30 new qualifications 

Apprentice funding round introduces 30 new qualifications 

The government has opened a new round of funding for registered training organisations to reduce education costs. Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund (User Choice) was designed to create a pipeline of skilled workers at a time when it was needed most and while Tasmanians were looking for new jobs.

TAS user choice funding round open

TAS user choice funding round open

Registered training organisations are being encouraged to apply for funding through the latest round of the Tasmanian Government’s Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund (User Choice), with applications now open. The fund provides subsidies through grants to significantly reduce the cost of providing quality training and assessment for nationally recognised qualifications.

ASQA’s shortcomings highlighted in review report

The CEO of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), Troy Williams has provided his view on the findings of the review published this week suggesting the report articulates why there is a massive trust deficit between ASQA and the ITECA membership. He also proposes it highlights ASQA’s past policy and regulatory failures and uses these to chart a future course for a regulator that’s more engaged with the sector and focussed on student quality than administrivia.

Read more here: https://www.miragenews.com/asqa-review-a-damning-criticism-of-a-regulator-on-mend/

ITECA recommendations for COVID-19 action plan accepted by ASQA

An action plan developed by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) which is the peak body representing independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors has had its key recommendations accepted by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).  The recommendations included in the action plan are measures to set aside red-tape and provide some $210 million in assistance to independent tertiary education providers.