Queensland Premier Campbell Newman talks with a trainee at the aged car nurses training facility at the Southbank Institute of Technology.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman talks with a trainee at the aged car nurses training facility at the Southbank Institute of Technology. JOHN PRYKEAAP

Queensland Government taskforce takes action

THE Queensland Government has released the final report from the Skills and Training Taskforce, which should provide new direction to the state's vocational education and training sector.

The report was part of the Newman Government's Six Month Action Plan and provided independent advice and recommendations to reform and revamp Queensland's vocational education and training (VET) sector.

Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the Taskforce received a total of 91 submissions and drew on the experience and expertise from a broad range of industry professionals to help form its recommendations.

"These recommendations will ensure the government can make informed decisions in order to see Queensland's VET sector realise its full potential," he said.

Mr Langbroek said there were four components of the Taskforce's recommendations including a new industry-led Queensland Skills Commission, a fully contestable and demand driven funding model, a new TAFE Queensland and a reform of Queensland's apprenticeship system.

He said the Government would now analyse all of the recommendations and provide a response by the end of this month.

"This report provides us with a real opportunity to shape the future of the VET sector and ensure the Queensland economy is more productive," Mr Langbroek said.

"As the Minister, I want to ensure there's a clear line of sight for industry to be able to engage with the Government to boost confidence and encourage partnerships.

"The recommendations in the Taskforce Report allow for this goal to be realised."

Mr Langbroek said the next challenge for the government would be to balance the recommendations with the needs of individual communities, develop a four pillar economy and work towards reducing unemployment in Queensland.

"That's why we want to make sure TAFE courses align with government priorities and meet demands in the marketplace, to produce real career outcomes for VET students," he said.

A copy of the final Skills and Training Taskforce Report can be found at: training.qld.gov.au/industry/skills-training-taskforce/index.html

VISION FOR QUEENSLAND

  • The four fundamental components of the Taskforce's vision for VET reform in Queensland are:
  • A new industry-led Queensland Skills Commission to deliver real solutions to the state's skills needs.
  • A fully contestable and demand driven funding model that encourages individuals to gain the skills needed by industry.
  • A new TAFE Queensland that is "fit for purpose" in the emerging VET and economic context, and capable of meeting market and government policy.
  • Reform of Queensland's apprenticeship system to remove barriers and red tape as well as increasing flexibility through complementary trade and skills training pathways.


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