Many of the skills most valued by industry cut across multiple sectors of Australia’s economy. However, training package components are not always developed in a way that recognises the importance of skills in multiple sectors or encourages training products to be used to their full potential in various industry contexts.
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has identified several cross sector skills areas where opportunities exist to create flexible and transferable training package components that will benefit industry, learners and the broader VET sector. These cross sector skills are all at the forefront of growth and innovation in Australia.
Recently, PwC’s Skills for Australia was commissioned to investigate how the VET sector and industry can address poorer employment outcomes for people with disability. Students with disability make up only 4.3% of all students undertaking VET, and only around half of working age Australians with disability are in the labour force, compared to 83% of those without disability.
The Inclusion of People with Disability in VET project, is the first time government and industry have come together to explore how the development of training packages could increase the participation of people with disability in VET and the workplace. PwC’s Skills for Australia will look to develop core units of competency on disability related issues that can be used across a range of industries.
Our experience as a professional services firm provides us with relevant subject matter expertise, and our operation as a Skills Service Organisation provides us with the essential experience needed to navigate the complexities of developing cross-sector training package components.
We are excited about the opportunity to increase flexibility and efficiency in Australia’s VET system, and look forward to collaborating with the AISC, the Department of Education and Training, Industry Reference Committees, Skills Service Organisations and other stakeholders in pursuit of this worthwhile objective.
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