Smart and Skilled: Reform to boost skills in NSW
Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has today announced the Smart and Skilled reforms to the vocational education and training (VET) system in NSW.
“Smart and Skilled will give people the skills they need to get a job and advance their careers. It will give NSW the skills it needs for jobs now and in the future,” Mr Piccoli said.
“This reform will make it easier for people to take up training, giving them more choice over training and the training organisation that best meets their needs.”
Smart and Skilled will make the training system more responsive to business and industry. A skills list will define which courses are on offer and this will be based on industry consultation and labour market trends.
“We will make the system work better for regions and disadvantaged learners. A big part of this will be equipping TAFE NSW to continue to service critical skill needs across the State,” Mr Piccoli said.
“TAFE NSW is the backbone of skills training in NSW. TAFE trains over 420,000 students a year and has a long and proud history of supporting students, industry, and communities in this State.
“These reforms will enable TAFE Institutes to become more locally responsive, flexible and autonomous. TAFE will be supported with a secure and transparent budget that recognises the valuable service TAFE delivers to our communities.”
“Reforms have been informed by extensive consultation with industry and the broader VET community. We have listened to valuable feedback to develop a reform package that balances the interests of individuals, businesses and industry. We have also looked closely at lessons learned in other states.
“Smart and Skilled will start in 2014. After a year we will review the reform to see how it has been working and look to extend the entitlement to higher qualifications.
“Smart and Skilled will ensure that the VET system serves the needs of our communities, businesses and industry, now and in the future.”