On Monday 5 November the Queensland Government Skills and Training Taskforce delivered its independent report providing advice and recommendations to reform and revamp the operations and outcomes of Queensland’s vocational, education and training (VET) sector.
Recommendations included a new industry-led Queensland Skills Commission, a fully contestable and demand driven funding model, a new TAFE Queensland and a reform of Queensland’s apprenticeship system.
The Government says it is looking at ways to rationalise the system and address the lack of skilled workers.
Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the report provided independent advice and recommendations received from 91 formal submissions from a broad range of stakeholders and industry professional, in addition to numerous face-to-face consultations.
BUSY At Work’s CEO Paul Miles provided advice and invaluable insight into the apprenticeship system in Queensland.
“To move forward, the apprenticeship system needs to review its strengths and weaknesses to ensure we can make informed decisions.
“BUSY At Work has been passionately involved in skilling young people for more than 30 years in Queensland and we’d like to see a system that is responsive, agile and cohesive for many years to come,” Mr Miles said.
“This report provides us with a real opportunity to shape the future of our sector and ensure we’re more productive,”
The government will formally respond to the recommendations by November 30.