Collaboration key to strengthening skills and careers sectors

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The National Careers Institute co-design workshop held in Darwin

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More than 1,000 people from over 600 organisations across Australia have so far participated in stakeholder consultation and co-design to strengthen and modernise the skills and careers sectors. 

The Australian Government is holding 13 workshops across metro and regional centres to focus on the co-design of the National Careers Institute (NCI), the National Skills Commission (NSC) and Skills Organisations (SO), which were announced as part of the $585.3 million Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package.

The workshops provide key stakeholders the opportunity to offer their views on the functions, role, priorities and goals for the three initiatives. Workshops have been held in Adelaide, Melbourne, Bendigo, Perth, Cairns, Orange and Canberra and Darwin, with another five scheduled in November in Sydney, Hobart, Brisbane, Mt Isa and Karratha. 

Interim National Skills Commissioner, Adam Boyton, who attended the Darwin NSC and SO co-design workshops, said consultations have reflected the diverse range of views and experiences of the VET sector.

“The discussions have been constructive and informative, and it has been particularly valuable to hear from people and organisations all across Australia, especially those in regional and remote areas,” Adam said.

“Hearing from all parts of the system and all parts of the country will help ensure that together we can deliver the training and skills outcomes that Australia needs.”

Stakeholders also have an opportunity to share their views on Australia’s careers development system through the NCI’s e-Hub, an interactive forum allowing two-way dialogue with the Institute. Over the next six months, further NCI consultations are planned to invite deep discussion, collaboration and co-design on specific areas of focus such as: data and digital, funding and services, and promoting pathways.

In addition to attending the co-design workshops, opinions and feedback on the National Skills Commission and Skills Organisations are encouraged via online submissions.

More information

  • The National Careers Institute will provide leadership in the delivery of high quality, evidence-based career development to enable Australians to make informed decisions about their learning, training and work pathways
  • The National Skills Commission will oversee the Australian Government’s investment in vocational education and training (VET) qualifications and promote a nationwide approach to skills forecasting.
  • Skills Organisations will play an important role helping industry deliver qualification development that is responsive to industry requirements.

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