Subject: NSW ITAB Newsletter October 2020

October 2020
NSW ITAB NEWSLETTER 

In this issue of the Australian Industry Standards NSW Industry Training Advisory Body (ITAB) Newsletter:
  • NSW Training Awards winners
  • Skilling for Recovery - additional training places for Smart & Skilled providers
  • Infection prevention and control training providers
  • Supervising your apprentice or trainee video series
  • NSW Skills List Update
  • Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements Wage Subsidy
  • Job Trainer Skills Package
  • Funding for the National Careers Institute
  • Local Jobs program
  • COVID-19 information for education providers
  • Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) and COVID-19
  • Public Sector ITAB Training Package Projects
Paul Humphreys – Executive Officer
About the AIS NSW ITAB 

Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is contracted by the NSW Department of Industry to provide independent advice on training and related matters to support the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system for the Public Sector in NSW. This ITAB grouping includes Corrections, Local Government, Public Safety, Public Sector and Water industries. 
NSW Training Awards Winners

In line with recommendations by the State and Federal Government, and health authorities for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSW Training Award event was streamed live over Facebook on 9 October 2020. This year, a new People’s Choice Award category was introduced to celebrate 65 years of the NSW Training Awards. View all 2020 winners and see their stories here.
Skilling for Recovery - additional training places for Smart & Skilled providers

More than 100,000 people across NSW have the opportunity to reskill for the jobs of the future thanks to the NSW Government’s Skilling for Recovery initiative. The NSW Government has committed almost $160 million to match the Australian Government’s JobTrainer funding, which will be a key component to the state’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan. The media release can be viewed here.
Infection prevention and control training providers

Infection prevention and control training will provide business owners and employees with the skills they need to better respond to COVID-19 risks in the workplace and reduce transmission risk.
Supervising your apprentice or trainee video series

Due to the precautionary social distancing measures recommended by NSW Ministry of Health, Training Services NSW is postponing all upcoming Supervisor Workshops. However, they have developed a video series designed for new supervisors or supervisors looking to refresh their knowledge or gain additional skills. They video series can be accessed here.
NSW Skills List update

Version 11.1 of the NSW Skills List has been updated as at 1 October 2020. The updated  list, as well as links to associated information such as prices, fees and subsidies, can be found on the Training Services NSW website.
Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements Wage Subsidy

The Federal Budget last week highlighted creating jobs and boosting the skills of Australians to help them get back into work is at the heart of the Government’s Economic Recovery Plan for Australia. The government committed to investing an additional $1.2 billion through the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy to support up to 100,000 new apprentices and trainees across Australia.
JobTrainer Skills Package

The Australian Government will invest $2 billion to give hundreds of thousands of Australians access to new skills by retraining and upskilling them into sectors with job opportunities, as the economy recovers from COVID-19. In partnership with the states and territories, more Australians will have access to free, or low cost, training places in areas of identified skills needs through the establishment of a new $1 billion JobTrainer fund.
Funding for the National Careers Institute

Another significant commitment in the Budget is the funding of the National Careers Institute. This investment looks to simplify and strengthen career information, promote VET pathways, and enhance partnerships between industry, employers, schools, and tertiary providers.
Local Jobs program 

The Local Jobs Program runs to 30 June 2022 in 25 regions throughout Australia. It brings together expertise, resources and access to funding at the local level to focus on reskilling, upskilling and employment pathways for people in each region. The program is part of supporting Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 information for education providers

The Department of Health has provided updated information on COVID-19 for the education and training sector. This has been distributed to VET providers and is being sent to you as a VET sector stakeholder for information. Factsheets can be found on the Department of Education website for you to share.
Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) and COVID-19

AISC is ensuring Australia’s national training system is well positioned to address the workforce challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic downturn. In response, the AISC established the Emergency Response Sub-committee. The sub-committee was expanded by the Skills Ministers on the 15th May to enable it to continue its role in fast tracking national training products to meet longer term critical skills needs beyond COVID-19 to support economic recovery.
Public Sector ITAB Training Package projects

CSC Correctional Services Training Package 
The CSC Correctional Services Training Package Case for Endorsement is expected to be submitted by early November 2020. It involved the review and development of three separate project areas; Dog Handler, Offender Engagement and Correctional Management. It includes three revised Qualifications and four new Skill Sets; and, 10 revised, two new and two deleted Units of Competency. More information is available on the CSC project page.

DEF Defence Training Package
The DEF Defence Training Package Release 3.0 Case for Endorsement has been approved and will be published on training.gov.au shortly. Distinct projects covered: Chaplaincy, Explosive Ordnance, Military Justice, Range Control and Sensor Operations. 18 Qualifications and 121 Units of Competency were reviewed. Six new Skill Sets were developed and 19 Units of Competency were identified by Defence for deletion.

The DEF Defence Training Package Release 4.0 was recently submitted to AISC. Distinct projects covered: Defence Evaluations, Defence Work, Health and Safety and Defence Simulator Maintenance. It included: revision of two Simulator Maintenance Qualifications; four Skill Sets (three new in DEF WHS); and, review of 32 Units of Competency.

More information is available on the Public Safety project page.

LGA Local Government Training Package
The LGA Local Government Training Package is expected to be submitted for Endorsement before the end of 2020. The review has involved multiple rounds of development work and public consultation. It is expected that the final Case for Endorsement will include: Five qualifications at AQF 2-5 (rationalised from 23 in LGA04), eight Skill Sets (up from three in LGA04) and 30 Units of Competency (down from 223 in LGA04). More information is available on the SkillsIQ website.


NWP National Water Training Package
The NWP National Water Training Package is expected to be submitted for endorsement in October 2020. The project reviewed the Certificate IV in Water Industry Operations and Certificate IV in Water Industry Treatment qualifications and associated Units of Competency and combined them into one qualification. The Case for Endorsement also includes an update of 31 existing and three new Units of Competency; removal of one obsolete or duplicated Unit of Competency; and five updated Skill Sets. More information is available on the NWP project page.

POL Police Training Package
There are currently two POL Police Training Package projects underway which are expected to be submitted for Endorsement in June 2021. The Police Search and Rescue project includes the review of Diploma of Police Search and Rescue Coordination and Advanced Diploma of Police Search and Rescue Management and 10 existing units. The Police Protection project includes the review of Advanced Diploma of Police Close Personal Protection and Advanced Diploma of Police Witness Protection and nine existing units. More information is available on the Public Safety project page.

PUA Public Safety Training Package
The PUA Public Safety Training Package, Release 2.0 Case for Endorsement was submitted for endorsement in August 2020. The project developed three new Units of Competency and one Skill Set on tree operations at emergency incidents.

The PUA Public Safety Training Package, Release 3.0 Case for Endorsement is expected to be submitted by early November 2020. The Fire and Emergency Aviation project developed eight new and revised and reviewed 10 other Units of Competency. In the Emergency Management project the two qualifications and 26 Units of Competency were revised and reviewed. The Case for endorsement also includes the update of 20 qualifications, three Units of Competency and two Skill Sets.

More information on both releases is available on the Public Safety project page.

PSP Public Sector Training Package
There are no current PSP Public Sector Training Package projects. Information about the Public Sector Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and their Skills Forecasts and Training Package Schedule of Work is available on the SkillsIQ website.

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