There are 2.1 million people with a disability, of working age, in Australia.
The reality is that education and employment outcomes for people with disability are well below the general population. In fact, barely half of this group is participating in the workforce. And of those who aren’t in the workforce, but go on to complete a VET qualification, half are likely to still be out of a job one year later.
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) is undertaking an innovative new project that aims to educators and employers the skills and knowledge they need to better include people with disability in Vocational Education and Training (VET) and workplaces.
PwC’s Skills for Australia has been commissioned to investigate how Australia’s VET system can be improved to build the capability of educators and employers to better support people with disability.
Improving the inclusion of people with disability in Australia
Recent research has identified opportunities to create more inclusive and accessible environments for people with disability across vocational education and training, employment, and customer service. PwC’s Skills for Australia is seeking input from a diverse mix of individuals, industries and locations around Australia, on what the future skills and training needs are for vocational educators, employers and customer service providers, to better support people with disability.
Have your say!
This is your opportunity to drive improvements in Australia’s Vocational Education and Training system, and shape the future of inclusion for people with disability. You will be able to contribute your views on the barriers to inclusion, and help inform solutions to improve understanding and support for people with disability in society.
How can you contribute to the project?
There are a number of ways you can contribute: attend an open forum, attend an interview or group consultation, or complete a nationwide online survey. Consultations will be held January to March 2018.
Who do we want to hear from?
PwC’s Skills for Australia is seeking input from a diverse audience, including: employers, industry representatives, peak bodies, disability support providers and other service providers, trainers and training providers, recruiters, employees, students, subject matter experts, academics and researchers. Anyone who is passionate about improving vocational education training and has an interest or expertise in supporting people with disability is encouraged to participate.
Participate in a nationwide online survey
PwC’s Skills for Australia has launched a nationwide online survey for the Inclusion of People with Disability in VET Cross Sector project. This survey will be available for four weeks, closing on Friday 16th March 2018. The survey asks about inclusion of people with disability – specifically, barriers to inclusion in three contexts (vocational education and training, employment, and customer service), implied skill and knowledge gaps, and possible solutions to address barriers and gaps.
This is an exciting and accessible opportunity for you to contribute your views about possible skill and knowledge solutions to some of the key barriers to inclusion experienced by people with disability in Australia. Your feedback will be used to help inform recommendations to the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training.
PwC’s Skills for Australia has recently released an Environmental Scan as part of this project.
The Environmental Scan outlines the current state of inclusion for people with disability within Australia, focusing on the challenges and barriers they face in education and training, employment, and customer service contexts. It presents an evidence base gathered from multiple sources: desktop research, literature review, preliminary stakeholder consultations, review of existing data on workforce trends, Industry Skills Forecasts and existing training package components.
Insights will form the basis for upcoming targeted stakeholder consultations. The Environmental Scan will be used as a preliminary identification of barriers, skill and knowledge gaps, opportunities for improvement, and potential training package solutions, to be further workshopped and developed through stakeholder consultations.