Ensuring excellence and best-practice in training, assessment and educational leadership for South Australia’s skills sector is at the centre of a new program announced by the Marshall Liberal Government today.
Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni said the $1 million Building Capability Framework will strengthen the capacity of teachers and trainers, as well as the assessors of apprentices and trainees.
“A key element of the $203 million Skilling South Australia initiative is ensuring our training system is ready and able to deliver the skills required to fulfil our commitment to an additional 20,800 apprentices and trainees over four years,” he said.
“The ‘Building Capability’ program builds on the State Government’s election commitment to reinvigorate the training system, creating greater choice for employers and students.
“This year, a series of professional development programs will be available to support and inspire excellence, including promoting best practice in training, assessment and educational leadership.
“Strong engagement with the skills sector has led to the development of the framework, which includes ongoing professional development events and interactive workshops.
“Additionally, regular forums will strengthen networks between providers, professional groups, industry and government and include masterclasses; regular teaching and learning seminars.”
A recent survey of almost 50 South Australian registered training organisations which focused on qualifications in areas such as health and community services, indicated there was capacity and willingness to deliver more subsidised training places across selected qualifications.
“Respondents indicated they could achieve an increase in places across the qualifications either immediately or within 12 months,” Mr Pisoni said.
“This is a great vote of confidence by the non-government training provider market, which builds on the positive signs of growth and optimism we are seeing across our economy.
“Some of the barriers to increasing subsidised training included the difficulty in recruiting qualified trainers – something this program of professional development aims to change.”
For more information, call 1800 673 097 or visit the Skills Gateway website.