The Industry View, part 1: skill standards – more than just a name

The Industry View, part 1: skill standards – more than just a name

One of the first priorities for the new National Cabinet Reform Committee on Skills, being the old Skills Ministers forum, is to identify a reform direction for Training Product Design and Development. In the first of four articles, I put forward industry’s view on what that reform could look like, and what path it should not go down.

How we’re upskilling people for the future with micro-credentials

How we’re upskilling people for the future with micro-credentials

We often talk about how education – particularly short, targeted skill-building courses – will help plug major skills gaps in the Australian workforce. As a large employer in Australia we’re playing our part in giving our employees – and the broader population – access to new micro-credentials to help build their technology skills. Most recently we’ve done this in partnership with the UNSW Canberra Cyber centre of excellence.

Read more here: https://exchange.telstra.com.au/upskilling-with-micro-credentials/

European Vocational Skills Week: ‘VET for Green and Digital Transitions’

European Vocational Skills Week: ‘VET for Green and Digital Transitions'
The European Vocational Skills Week 2020 will take place digitally across the European Union from 9 to 13 November 2020. It is organised by the European Commission in partnership with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, as part of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU. This fifth edition encourages people of all ages to discover their talent and develop their skills in line with labour market needs through vocational education and training (VET), an important sector for economic and social recovery in the COVID-19 context.

On-the-job training or cash handouts? A Rwandan study discovered which was better for youth job prospects

On-the-job training or cash handouts? A Rwandan study discovered which was better for youth job prospects

Youth unemployment was a global concern even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Now it threatens to become a crisis as millions worldwide lose their jobs in the economic fallout from the virus. The impact is being felt significantly in poorer countries, according to the International Labour Organization. But as politicians struggle to create policies to get people back to work, could a new study based in Rwanda offer some hope for a solution?

Read more here: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/10/rwanda-youth-unemployment-training-cash-payments-study/

Federal Budget 2020: Employers to get up to $200 per new young employee with JobMaker, can write off full cost of purchased assets with JobTrainer

Federal Budget 2020: Employers to get up to $200 per new young employee with JobMaker, can write off full cost of purchased assets with JobTrainer

A billion-dollar JobTrainer fund will support up to 340,700 additional free or low-fee training places “in areas of genuine need”. The fund will be targeted not just at school leavers, but also workers in need of retraining or upskilling.