Summary of recommendations in the Victorian Skills Plan for 2023 into 2024
- Promoting post-secondary education skills and career pathways.
- Lifting participation in education and training.
- Delivering the right skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
Promoting post-secondary education skills and career pathways
Action 12: Meet the motivations and aspirations of learners through an inclusive vocational education and training (VET) system
- Through enhanced engagement with learners:
- provide a stronger voice into education and training reforms
- understand their needs and aspirations and identify opportunities to improve post-secondary education participation, delivery and completion.
- Work with the Department of Education to enhance connections of school-aged learners with employers and industry and channel advice on industry trends to inform vocational learning priorities in VCE including the VCE Vocational Major and Victorian Pathways Certificate.
- Collaborate with the National Centre for Vocational Education Research to better understand the vocational education journey of different learner cohorts as well as their learning outcomes.
Action 13: Pursue VET qualifications redesign
- Through skills ministers’ work on VET qualifications redesign, explore options to streamline the number of units of competency and advocate for VET qualifications to better reflect the aspirations of learners, and transferable skills to support wider career options.
- Trial new training approaches to designing VET qualifications through local accreditation arrangements.
Lifting participation in education and training
- Using self-determination as a guiding principle and ensuring alignment with Victoria’s Treaty process, the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions implements changes in vocational education programs to reflect cultural inclusion and include First Nations knowledge systems, where relevant.
- Work with training providers to embed practices that foster a culturally safe learning environment for First Nations learners.
- Encourage training providers to increase the diversity of their workforce to enable a strong First Nations voice in decision making.
Action 15: Improve opportunities for Victorians with disability
- The Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions review the range of supports available for learners with disability across the VET sector and identify opportunities for improvement.
- The Office of TAFE Coordination and Delivery works with the Victorian TAFE Network to set new accessibility and outcome standards for learners with disability.
- Skills and Jobs Centres support Victorians with disability to access their services by developing targeted resources.
Delivering the right skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow
Action 16: Prepare VET for the jobs of tomorrow
- The Victorian Skills Authority continues to lead the work on the future skills needs of Victoria and the implications for designing and delivering post-secondary education and training, in collaboration with Jobs and Skills Australia, the Office of TAFE Coordination and Delivery, the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions and industry, and using the latest data and insights.
Action 17: Deliver the skills Victoria needs through an integrated post-secondary school system
- The Office of TAFE Coordination and Delivery considers the development of a proposal for self-accreditation of Victorian TAFE Network providers.
- The Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions, with the Office of TAFE Coordination and Delivery, advocate for a regulatory framework that lessens the burden for Victorian TAFE Network providers and focuses on quality and learning outcomes.
- In collaboration with the Office of TAFE Coordination and Delivery, Victorian TAFE Network providers work with universities and institutes of higher education to establish partnerships that recognise the unique value of vocational education and training.
- Advocate to the Australian Government for learners to have access to higher education subsidies where the Victorian TAFE Network acts as the access point to higher education.
Action 18: Embed applied research in the vocational education model
- Through a Skills Lab, develop approaches and principles to embed applied research in the education and training delivered by Victorian TAFE Network providers.
- Consider using the Workforce Training and Innovation Fund to prioritise applied research projects in the vocational education and training sector.