The National Skills Commission (NSC) is a critical new part of Australia’s economic infrastructure, providing expert advice and national leadership on the Australian labour market, current and future skills needs and workforce development issues. They have released their inaugural report today that shows while the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market has been significant, some data indicates early signs of stabilisation and a small increase in the number of employers looking to hire.
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More than 3,000 apprentices and trainees will be able to access free training thanks to the McGowan Government’s latest initiative to safeguard Western Australia’s future workforce. Training costs will be covered for apprentices and trainees who have had their contracts cancelled or suspended to continue their training ‘off the job’ for up to six months.
The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) has launched the new interest group to allow them to share ideas, learn from each other and also contribute to the debate about reform to Australia’s vocational education and training sector according to Troy Williams, ITECA Chief Executive.
“Failure to plan is planning to fail” Benjamin Franklin
What is a Business Continuity Plan (BCP):
A BCP provides a clear outline of what systems to implement to ensure your RTO continues to operate in the event of a crisis or other disruptive event like a natural disaster. You BCP should also deal with recovery from the disruption and provide steps to return to normal business operations. The plan ensures that your staff and assets are protected and your RTO is able to function quickly in the event of a crisis. RTOs must understand the processes within their organisation and the potential impact of the loss of these processes over time. Financial, legal, reputational or regulatory losses could be a result of the mishandling of a disruption to business operations. Special consideration should be given to the risk of having your RTO’s “license to operate” withdrawn by a regulator or having sanctions or conditions applied to how you can operate as it can adversely affect your reputation and brand. Your BCP should incorporate your recovery strategy around the allowable downtime for these processes.
Benefits of a BCP
- Ensures your most critical business functions can continue during a crisis or disruption
- Ensures your have a way to get your business operations functionally up and running so your RTO can continue to be viable after a crisis or disruption
- Protects your RTOs reputation and value and increases customer confidence in your brand by being able to handle any incident effectively
- Minimises the impact of a disruption to your RTOs bottom line
- Supports your RTOs ability to maintain compliance with regulatory requirements
- Mitigates business risks particularly for uninsurable events and provides a mechanism in which to comply with insurance policies
- Builds business resilience and sustainability
Developing your BCP
Use these six steps to develop your RTOs plan:
- Identify the scope of the BCP e.g. all RTO operations and locations.
- Identify key business areas e.g. HR, ICT etc.
- Identify critical functions e.g. payroll, customer service/enrolments, learning and teaching
- Identify dependencies between various business areas and functions. e.g. key personnel register, external suppliers
- Determine acceptable downtime for each critical process e.g. maximum acceptable outages
- Create a plan to maintain operations e.g. key documents and records, ICT systems register, work from home arrangements
Implementing your BCP
Your RTO business continuity plan will form part of your overall business plan. Your BCP should contain all of the information you need to get your RTO up and running again after a crisis or disruptive event. The size and complexity of your BCP will depend on the size of your RTO. RTO senior management must drive the development and implementation of the BCP; this cannot be delegated to other staff. Management is also critical in ensuring the BCP is communicated to all staff so they are aware of how to respond appropriately in the event of a crisis or disruptive event.
The federal government recently announced wage subsidies to support 70,000 small businesses with apprentices to keep them employed. The initiative will pay half of an apprentice’s wage for nine months in a bid to save jobs.
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Small businesses in SA can access up to $5000 for every new apprentice or trainee hired on a paid training contract, as well as advice on how to address a business’ skills and training needs and access subsidies under the new Skills for Business scheme.