August 2nd, 2012
Review of Industry Training positive for industry
Competenz welcomes the increased funding for apprenticeships and the removal of duplication through the current Modern Apprenticeship scheme as proposed under the Review of Industry Training.
The Minister of Tertiary Education, Hon Steven Joyce, released his Options paper
at the Industry Training Federation conference on Wednesday August 1st. As well as proposing change, the Minister asks a series of questions which ITOs, industry and stakeholders will have an opportunity to answer in the next six weeks.
As stated in the Options paper, the key points for feedback are:
• ITOs will focus on two key functions – arranging training and skill setting for industry.
• Greater simplicity, accountability and clarity of the ITO functions and role.
• Higher expectations for qualification completions and programme completions for ITOs.
• Industry will have responsibility for communicating skill needs directly to Government to create closer links between education, employment and industry.
• Amalgamating all apprenticeships into the Modern Apprenticeships scheme, making the same level of support available for all apprentices, regardless of age.
• Raising the current 10% restriction on industry training at higher levels (i.e. 5 and 6).
• Either the Modern Apprenticeship co-ordination fee should be incorporated into the Modern Apprenticeship training rate, or kept as a separate rate.
• Adjust to a more sustainable funding regime that increases the subsidy rate for traineeships (programmes of 40 credits or greater) and introduces a new, higher subsidy rate for apprenticeships (currently Modern Apprenticeships are 100 credits or greater). A higher rate per trainee is being considered as part of the expectations for improved performance.
• Remove disincentives for allowing trainees to progress into employment and an apprenticeship from a provider; and transfer into a provider to complete a qualification if their employment situation changes.
• Review quality assurance mechanisms to include management of the processes for assuring consistency of graduate outcomes as a role of the qualification developer, and
• Review quality assurance systems for unit standards, with the view that over time, new versions will be flexible enough to be able to be delivered in a range of different delivery settings.
The full implications of the proposed Options have yet to be determined but Competenz will be analysing these over the next few weeks and after consultation with industry, will produce a submission to the Minister and we will be encouraging you to contribute to the discussion as well.