Job applicants in the US will now be vetted based on the job skills they possess instead of college they went to earn the degree, according to the latest order signed by the American President Donald Trump.
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Two key skills initiatives which should have been completed by the federal government by now have been delayed with them blaming the COVID-19 crisis for it. The government will not complete the review into the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program and the National Skills Needs List in the near future.
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has recently released a publication called ‘good practice guides’ which is designed to ensure training providers are delivering relevant content to future workers. In it VET providers are being urged to collaborate with employers to equip workers with skills to deal with increasingly digitised industries.
Read more here: https://www.itnews.com.au/news/vet-sector-told-to-partner-with-employers-on-tech-skills-549154
ASQA has provided information for RTOs delivering the new unit of competency and three skill sets on infection control addressing credit transfer arrangements and assessment requirements specifically.
The number of new apprenticeships and traineeships is expected to decline by 30% within two years, according to research from the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University. That equates to about 130,000 fewer new apprentices and trainees between the start of the pandemic and mid-2023. The number of currently enrolled apprentices and trainees is also tipped to go down.
Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jun/07/we-will-lose-a-generation-why-australia-must-fix-apprentice-and-job-training-post-covid
Australia needs a more coherent plan for the wider tertiary education system at a time when universities are in a financial chasm.
The federal government plan for skills is three-fold. It includes a move to simplify the vocational education system for students; use Single Touch Payroll data to inform labour market insights; and make room for the possibility of a new national skills funding agreement.
Prime Minister Morrison has called for an overhaul of vocational education so it is more responsive to business needs and announced a new working group to discuss industrial relations reform over the next four months.
The PM has flagged changes to the funding model of the training system which sees $1.5 billion of federal cash flow to state governments annually for skills and training.
The government’s newly-established National Skills Commission would provide detailed labour market analysis to identify where the skills shortages were. Training up tradespeople and skilled workers will be the government’s top priority as it leads Australia out of the COVID-19 economic crisis.