Building the South Australian vocational education and training (VET) market

To meet the state’s needs for a skilled workforce, the Government is working in partnership to build the South Australian VET market to increase access and choice.

To deliver more access and choice, the focus is on:

  • investing in quality, capacity and capability​.
  • developing market diversity and depth.
  • fostering sustainable growth.
  • supporting greater value for money.

 

VET Commissioning is more proactive and structured approach to the way the Government purchases publicly subsidised training.

It is supported by market communication about purchasing directions and priorities and by market sounding which deepens intelligence about demand, sentiment and capacity. 

Building on existing mechanisms like the Subsidised Training List (STL), Commissioning provides an opportunity to actively work together differently to build the VET sector by better understanding capacity, growing diversity, developing capability and building market sustainability to meet strategic skill needs.

 VET Commissioning involves proactive engagement with all training providers to:

  • communicate DIS’s purchase priorities and market directions through RTO information sessions to increase the lead time for RTOs to plan for and take up new opportunities
  • give providers the opportunity to signal their readiness to increase training delivery
  • understand capability and capacity to supply, increase, enter or exit delivery in identified training areas
  • articulate the impact of market barriers or opportunities that could be addressed
  • offer key insights into real time industry and student demand.

There are some skills needs that can’t be serviced by the current composition of the training market. Equally, there are training providers seeking to grow and diversify their delivery profile.

VET Commissioning provides a more structured way to engage with the market about training need, share information about capability and industry informed priorities to develop purchase strategies that deliver more training, more choice and more access for students and employers.

VET Commissioning is asking all providers to consider opportunities and their role in the market, now and into the future.

It requires change for all providers.

In key market segments we will be working closely with the market to better understand existing supply, gaps, emergent need and demand to better utilise existing capability and build capability to support skill development.

Market sounding will provide a clearer picture of where there is capacity for providers to deliver more, pivot, diversify their delivery or transition out of historic areas to meet demand and respond to changing economic need. This includes both TAFE and non-government RTOs.

In these transitions, the goal is to ensure more training can be delivered overall, not less.

Through VET Commissioning, the Government will provide information about purchasing priorities and undertake market sounding and capability building in key market segments to support long-term market deliverables.

The key features of Commissioning include:

  • An emphasis on longer term purchasing directions.
  • Quarterly information sessions about current and future purchasing priorities and directions – covering our general purchasing (i.e. Subsidised Training List (STL)) and specific courses or services in a Commissioning tranche.
  • Targeted engagement on training services being supported through Commissioning including:
    • market testing and sounding on RTO capability and capacity to deliver identified training and related services and general demand for STL courses
    • Meet the Buyer sessions to showcase growth opportunities, market position and state of the market from the Purchaser’s perspective
    • working together to build capability to realise short to medium delivery objectives adding VET Commissioning courses or skill sets to the STL.
  • A concierge service to bring together information and supports for RTOs ready to increase delivery in identified Commissioning market segments.

VET Commissioning sits alongside and strengthens existing contestable purchase mechanisms, including the Subsidised Training List (STL) and project opportunities.

Courses with the Commissioning condition are accessible through both business as usual enrolments and through the VET Commissioning Expression of Interest process.

RTOs do not need to participate in the VET Commissioning Expression of Interest process to deliver courses with a VET Commissioning condition.

This means RTOs with the courses on scope can continue to deliver by drawing down from the STL and can increase their delivery levels in these courses in line with demand.

For more information about the Subsidised Training List, see Subsidised Training List.

VET Commissioning courses are also still accessible through project-based initiatives.

For more information about accredited project opportunities, see Accredited Training or call 1800 673 097.

No. The focus is on new students entering courses. Current students enrolled and studying are not affected.

No. We are investing in more training statewide including in community services courses through the Subsidised Training List and JobTrainer. We are supporting more training and more choice.

The South Australian Government is supporting investment in more subsidised training, statewide, including in business and community services courses. This includes through the recent JobTrainer joint initiative between the South Australian and Australian Governments. JobTrainer provides access for young people, school leavers and job seekers to low fee courses.

To find a provider and start training now, visit Skilled Careers.

Subsidised Training List 6.2 (STL 6.2) identifies the first tranche of courses published with the VET Commissioning course condition. These courses are focused on delivery of the following courses in the metropolitan area by non-government training providers:

13 BSB Business and Management courses (and their replacements)

- BSB30115 Certificate III in Business

- BSB30415 Certificate III in Business Administration

- BSB31115 Certificate III in Business Administration (Medical)

- BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business

- BSB40515 Certificate IV in Business Administration

- BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice

- BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management

- BSB42618 Certificate IV in New Small Business

- BSB50215 Diploma of Business

- BSB50415 Diploma of Business Administration

- BSB51319 Diploma of Work Health and Safety

- BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management

- BSB51918 Diploma of Leadership and Management

13 CHC Community Services courses

- CHC22015 Certificate II in Community Services

- CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

- CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services

- CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support

- CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services

- CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support

- CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability

- CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health

- CHC43415 Certificate IV in Leisure and Health

- CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

- CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

- CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services

- CHC52115 Diploma of Community Development

CHC Community Services and HLT Health skill sets

For more information, see Subsidised Training List.

13 BSB Business and Management courses (and their replacements)

Subsidised Training List (STL) purchase

As part of VET Commissioning, from 4 January 2021:

- The Diploma in Project Management will be added to the STL.

- All 13 BSB tranche 1 courses (and their replacements) will be available on the Training Priorities List for non-training contract delivery through Managed Courses.

- Nominally there will be 1000 places allocated across this group of courses for all RTOs.

- These courses will continue to be supported on demand for delivery under training contract arrangements, on the Subsidised Traineeship and Apprenticeship List (STAL).

These opportunities are focused on purchasing over the next three purchase periods to 2023.

Project purchase

These courses will continue to be available for delivery through Skilling South Australia Projects and Training Priority List Projects.

Role of public provider

In 2021 TAFE SA is pivoting its training profile. TAFE SA will transition in selected metropolitan courses to expand its regional delivery – increasing its training in regional areas and delivering a greater focus on increasing apprenticeships and traineeships and supporting the growth of VET in schools.

From 4 January 2021, the public provider will no longer deliver these 13 courses to new entrants in the metropolitan area through publicly subsidised arrangements via the Subsidised Training List (STAL and TPL). TAFE SA will continue to deliver in regional markets.

13 CHC Community Services courses

Subsidised Training List (STL) purchase

These courses will continue to be supported through both the Training Priorities List for non-Training Contract delivery, and the Subsidised Traineeship and Apprenticeship List (STAL) where courses are available for Training Contract delivery. There are no changes to the course condition purchase settings for these courses.

These opportunities are focused on purchasing over the next three purchase periods to 2023.

Project purchase

These courses will continue to be available for delivery through Skilling South Australia Projects and Training Priority List Projects.

Role of public provider

In 2021 TAFE SA is pivoting its training profile. TAFE SA will transition selected metropolitan courses to expand its regional delivery, increasing its education and training in regional areas, and a greater focus on increasing apprenticeships and traineeships and supporting the growth of VET in schools.

From 4 January 2021, the public provider will no longer deliver these 13 courses to new entrants in the metropolitan area through publicly subsidised arrangements via the Subsidised Training List (STAL and TPL). TAFE SA will continue to deliver in regional markets.

CHC Community Services and HLT Health skill sets

Subsidised Training List (STL) purchase

These skill sets were added to the 6.1 STL release for non-training contract delivery as Managed Courses in October 2020 and are available for immediate delivery.

Managed Course limits are a starting point for ongoing monitoring and management. Training provider feedback and insights will inform part of any ongoing adjustments as needed, re-calibrating and scaling with uptake and the inclusion of new products.

Where RTOs have reached their limit, they can engage with the Department for Innovation and Skills about increasing their limit to meet demand

The current purchase of CHC and HLT skill sets is under JobTrainer conditions. Opportunities to deliver these skill sets through the STL support workforce development for the social care sector.

As part of VET Commissioning, the opportunity to deliver these skill sets will be available over the next three purchase periods to 2023.

Project purchase

These skill sets will continue to be available for delivery through Skilling South Australia Projects and Training Priority List Projects.

If your RTO is interested in starting or increasing delivery in these skill sets, you can do so through via business as usual, that is:

- drawing down from the STL for eligible students in line with the conditions of purchase

- or through a Training Priority List Project

- or through a Skilling South Australia Project.

If your RTO is getting ready to start or is interested in working with the Department to increase delivery, there are a range of supports available to:

- Upskill your staff through the Subsidised Training List and ongoing professional development offered by the Department. See Building capability opportunities.

- Undertake a Building Capability Project.

VET Commissioning will focus on key market segments in tranches. The tranche approach supports market stability and managed growth across a range of courses.

The first tranche is focused on areas of market depth and areas of opportunity for future delivery growth. This includes identified courses in business and community services as areas with market depth in metropolitan Adelaide and emerging opportunities for delivery of social care skill sets in health and community services statewide.

Courses and skill sets in tranche 1 are in market segments with significant provider depth – characterised by a number of RTOs with capability and capacity potential to deliver more training in the publicly subsidised contestable market.

Tranche 2 will commence in 2021 and will focus on market segments identified through current market sounding activities, including market research.

http://www.DnnDeveloper.In

 

For more information

 

For information about Subsidised Training List 6.2, see Release notes.

Watch the RTO Information Session held on 4 September 2020.

Contact us on 1800 673 097 or email DIS.Skills@sa.gov.au.