The Australian Government is working with the states and territories on skills reform, which will be a key part of our economic recovery by helping improve the quality of Australia’s workforce.
We want to ensure the system works for students and employers. That’s why we’ve listened to feedback from the sector and we are placing industry at the centre of the VET system to make sure Australians can access high quality and relevant training and employers can access the skilled workers they need.
The Australian Government will provide an additional $149.2 million funding over four years bringing the total investment to $292.5 million to support these new industry engagement arrangements.
The clusters will be groups of aligned industries with a strategic leadership role to identify, forecast and respond to the current and emerging skills needs and workforce challenges of their industries. Industry Clusters will be responsible for ensuring training products align with the needs of industry and qualifications are developed and updated faster. Industry Clusters will work with training providers to ensure training delivery meets employer needs and work with the National Careers Institute to promote careers.
The clusters will be a key source of intelligence and advice regarding workforce issues within their industries in collaboration with the National Skills Commission and inform Skills Ministers to guide the VET system.
Industry leaders are now being invited to come on board and become part of this significant reform.
A grant opportunity to establish these Industry Clusters is open now until the 31st of March 2022 through GrantConnect. Industry leaders with an interest in forming an Industry Cluster should work with their aligned industry sector and develop an application. For more information and to apply, visit GrantConnect.