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1 2015 and beyond - VET in Western NSW Achieving Vocational Outcomes Ben Houghton “Going to TAFE is the best way – it opens so many doors.”

2 Population of Central and Western NSW 24 Local Government areas population approximately 310,000 people (c. 4% NSW population) with forecast 1% growth rate (NSW forecast growth rate 3.5%) and employment growth rate of 0.9% app. 16,000 people identified as Aboriginal, over 5% of region’s population youth population (15 – 19 yrs) forecast to decline by 7% range of research reports state that many Western NSW communities face significant disadvantage on range of measures, including education

3 Employment opportunities Largest employment industries: retail; heath care; social assistance; agriculture; construction Professional, scientific and technical services forecast to have fastest growth rate Health industry forecast largest growth (5.1%) Largest forecast decline: agriculture (-8.9%) & manufacturing (-6.9%) Largest employment groups: technicians (14.3%); clerical & administrative (15.3%); managers (14.3%); labourers (13.3%) Professional classes forecast strongest growth (8.3%) and labourers largest decline (-4.8%)

4 TAFE Western Footprint

5 TAFE Western TAFE Western offers products and services that customers want Delivered with personalised service and value for money By the trusted TAFE NSW brand

6 An overview of TAFE Western 36,000+ student enrolments annually Largest TVET provider – 3000 enrolments 30% of enrolments at Certificate III or above Over 2,000 apprentices and 1,700 trainees Over 7,000 Aboriginal student enrolments annually – c.17% of TAFE Western’s total student enrolments Over 1,700 staff (851 teaching staff with industry expertise) Registered to deliver over 380 qualifications

7 Catherine O’Neill “TAFE has been instrumental in my educational achievements to date, allowing me to study flexibly as well as work full-time and run a family.”

8 Adrian Flipo Manager Educational Programs, Production Sector 130 teaching staff specialising in: Horticulture Agriculture Natural Resource Management Animal Studies Shearing Construction Production Sector

9 Trade Sector 100 teaching staff specialising in: Mining Engineering Fitting & Machining Electrotechnology Transport David Crean Manager Educational Programs, Trade Sector

10 Service Sector 110 teaching staff specialising in: Tourism Hospitality Hair & Beauty Sport & Recreation Arts & Media Charlie Cross Manager Educational Programs, Service Sector

11 Foundation Skills Sector 101 teaching staff specialising in: Foundation Skills Tertiary Preparation Skills for Work & Training Literacy & Numeracy ESOL Learner Support Study Skills Narelle Druitt Manager Educational Programs, Foundation Skills Sector

12 Community Sector 164 teaching staff specialising in: Children’s Services Welfare Community Services Aboriginal Studies Health Education Support Michael Bourke Manager Educational Programs, Community Sector

13 Business Sector 141 teaching staff specialising in: Business Administration Management Financial Services Retail Information Technology Helen Tinney Manager Educational Programs, Business Sector

14 Joanna Agius Award winning Student “I want to raise awareness of how to work with deaf Aboriginal people or Aboriginal people with a disability.”

15 What you need to know about the VET reforms A student Entitlement for entry-level qualifications, where students can select the approved provider that best meets their needs Targeted Priorities for higher-level qualifications and part qualifications Consumer-driven system Website for students and employers on training, jobs and quality Quality information on providers on the Website Better information Strengthened quality measures and consumer protection Quality training One Skills List to define what qualifications government will subsidise Priority skills New prices and fees Changes to how prices, fees and subsidies are set and loans for higher qualifications It is a major reform to the NSW training system

16 Eligibility requirements: Entitlement and Targeted Priorities Meets Smart and Skilled personal eligibility Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder, or New Zealand citizen; and Aged 15 years or older; and No longer be at school; and Live or work in NSW. Does NOT hold a Certificate IV or above Holds a Certificate IV or above Eligible for the Entitlement Eligible for Targeted Priorities NOT eligible for the Entitlement except apprenticeships and traineeships To be eligible for the entitlement students must not have completed a Certificate IV or above. Students registered as a NSW apprentice or new entrant trainee are eligible

17 Training costs Average fee contribution for a standard student Qualification level2015 Fee Foundation 10% Certificate II-III 25% - 30% Certificate IV 30% - 35% Diploma/Advanced Diploma 40% - 45% Student fees: Set for the whole qualification not as annual fees as at present Lower for lower level qualifications Vary by industry, recognising that not all costs are the same Lower for students doing their first post school qualification The same for the same qualification regardless of the training provider chosen On average, student fee contributions increase with the level of the qualification Apprentice fees will be capped the 2015 cap is $2,000 per qualification

18 What does training look like in 2015? Today Students choose from what RTOs offer All students have equal access to government subsidised training Students pay either by semester or full year - fees are easy to understand and explain to students TAFE NSW has set policy for its operations Tomorrow Students choose from a range of offerings from many RTOs Personal eligibility and “caps” will impact on individual access to government subsidised training Student fees will be complicated and require calculations for each individual student - students can pay by installment or access a loan (for higher level qualifications) STS will set operating guidelines for a major part of our business

19 How will Smart & Skilled affect school leavers? School VET qualifications do not impact on entitlement to subsidised training Articulation from VET to university is cost effective (Diploma = c.1 year’s credit on degree program) VET training concurrently with a university qualification increases job readiness Train local/stay local Aggressive RTO marketing, offering of incentives and a range of information may make it hard for the customer to work out the best deal for them

20 How will Smart and Skilled affect Aboriginal people? Aboriginal people enrol in course and with provider of choice Entitlements will have restrictions, e.g. previous qualification may mean you cannot get an entitlement – courses not on Skills List will cost more Social/community focussed courses may not be funded Exemptions are still available for Aboriginal people NSW residency/employment restrictions may not apply to Aboriginal people

21 Kerry Jenkins – award winning apprentice “TAFE changed my life. I have a whole new career, I know I can study and I would like to be the best that I can be.”

22 Quality in the VET environment New national standards in 2015 for RTOs – includes more rigorous requirements to demonstrate independent assessment validation; industry currency; teacher qualifications Training Package changes will be constant and require ongoing review of assessments Proposed changes to Training Package development – potential for niche businesses to drive training agenda Increased competition and negative perceptions of providers National regulator (ASQA) conducts regular audits of RTOs, qualifications, and follows up complaints – limited response time and large investment of RTO time

23 The Challenges in training young people Training needs of NSW economy means: –Aligning training to regional industry needs which may be different to community expectations –Increasing level of post school qualifications to meet industry needs for higher skills levels –Maintaining TAFE presence in central and western NSW –Ensuring meaningful outcomes/pathways for students –Demonstrating training and employment opportunities are not limited by our geography

24 The opportunities for people in western NSW TAFE Western’s extensive range of industry current teachers Proven record in meeting national VET regulator standards Proven record in delivering Aboriginal cultural competence training (Maliyan experience) Whole of service provider – access to wide range of support services – see brochure Recognised university articulation pathways Capitalise on our professional services and experience (Capability Connect program aligned to Public Sector Capability Framework) TAFE NSW enrolment gives access t o extensive resources (est. value over $500 p.a.)

25 TAFE Western response 1.Partnerships for employment and further education: Schools, Skillset, CSU, NSW Police, NSW Local Health Districts…. 2.Embracing new ways of doing business: TAFE Western Connect, international, cultural competence, professional expertise 3.Student hubs: one place to connect, online support for skills gaps, RUReady, YourTutor 4.Customer service, customer responsiveness, quality and value for money

26 Embracing new ways of doing business Kylie Niven – award winning trainee “Kylie has shown us all that if you are determined in your pursuits anything is possible.” ~ Helen Strik

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28 Maliyan Experience

29 Capability Connect

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31 The award winning TAFE Western Connect More choices in more places by providing local training options through: Mobile units Online courses Connected Classrooms Spokes & hubs connecting communities 5,500 enrolments in 2014 Premier’s Public Sector Award 2013 Mobile Shearing Platform Mobile Children’s Services

32 TAFE Western Connect Mobile Welding UnitMobile Heavy Vehicle Driver Simulator

33 TAFE Western Connect - Online Delivery Project management Financial services Information technology Electrical engineering Mechanical engineering Mining Viticulture Retail Telecommunications Tertiary preparation Education support Outdoor recreation Hairdressing Beauty therapy Children’s services Welfare Hospitality

34 TAFE Western Connect Mobile Confined Spaces UnitMobile Hydraulics Unit

35 TAFE Western Connect - Connected Classrooms Connecting teachers and students across locations Operating since 2012 Links industry expert with students in other sites Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions

36 TAFE Western Connect Mobile LibraryMobile Nursing Unit

37 Megan Smith “You can’t change the wind, but you can change the sails. I now have a whole new direction and pathway.”


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