During our consultation, we have fairly communicated the nature of the proposals to our customers and key stakeholders, encouraged them to consider the potential strengths and weaknesses of these moves, and supported them to form a balanced view of the proposed changes.
Our industry sees some positives in the proposals, including the establishment of a better and fairer funding system, the possibility of a more strategic approach to investment in VET and sector coverage issues, potential improvements to off-job provision, and some possible direct benefits for learners. While the industry welcomes these changes and considers they would bring significant improvements to the VET system, it does not believe that these are sufficient to balance the value of what they are being asked to give up. Specifically, the loss of the arranging training role of ITOs is a deal-breaker regardless of potential gains. Therefore, on balance we cannot support the suite of Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) proposals put forward by the Government.
In our Submission to Government, we included a list of what industry consider are 'non-negotiables'
"In a Vocational Education and Training system that works for the building and construction industry:
- Workplace-based learning continues to be a major component.
- Industry has direct ownership and control of training arrangements.
- Industry has direct ownership and control of qualification development.
- There is minimal disruption to the business and productivity of employers that are involved in supporting training.
- Workplace learning involves a close face-to-face relationship between a training advisor and the business, and between a training advisor and the apprentice.
- Training approaches can be customised to reflect the needs of particular sectors, individual firms, and specific apprentices.
- The industry is able to promote career opportunities and attract new people into relevant trades.
- The training needs of smaller and more specialist trades do not ‘fall through the cracks’ of the system."
The Government has announced a $12.1 billion COVID-19 Economic Response Package for small to medium businesses and employees during this period of uncertainly.
The health and wellbeing of our industry’s employers, apprentices, and our people are of paramount importance to us.