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DFEEST Annual Report 2008

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  2. 2. FOR FURTHER COPIES AND ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACTDepartment of Further Education, Employment, Science and TechnologyOffice of the Chief ExecutiveGPO Box 320Adelaide SA 5001ABN: 16692317206Telephone: (08) 8226 3821Facsimile: (08) 8226 9533The 2008 Annual Report is available on the DFEEST Website at:http://www.dfeest.sa.gov.auISSN: 1449-6437
  3. 3. TABLE OF CONTENTSAGENCY ROLE AND GOVERNANCEChief Executive’s Overview ................................................................................................. 9Highlights 2008.................................................................................................................. 11Vision, Mission and Values ................................................................................................ 14Legislation, Role and Structure ......................................................................................... 16Boards, Committees and Authorities ................................................................................ 17Governance ..................................................................................................................... 21REPORT ON OPERATIONS AGAINST THE DFEEST STRATEGIC PLANGoal 1 Ensure South Australians have the necessary education and skills to participate in the high skills economy .......................................................... 27Goal 2 Provide high quality employment and workforce development services .... 40Goal 3 Ensure young people are supported in reaching their full potential and actively engaged in learning, training, work and in their communities......... 47Goal 4 Provide a coordinated, whole of government approach to the development of an innovative community ................................................... 52Goal 5 Build a high performance organisation ........................................................ 59MANAGEMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCESWorkforce data.................................................................................................................. 65Workforce diversity............................................................................................................ 68Occupational Health, Safety and Injury Management ....................................................... 74FINANCIAL REPORTFinancial Overview ............................................................................................................ 79Audited general purpose financial report .......................................................................... 83Account payment performance ....................................................................................... 118Contractual arrangements............................................................................................... 118Fraud .............................................................................................................................. 118Consultancy expenditure................................................................................................. 119
  4. 4. PROFILE OF VET ACTIVITYProfile of VET Activity ...................................................................................................... 125Training Package Activity ................................................................................................ 127OTHER REPORTING ITEMSEmployee’s Overseas travel ............................................................................................ 135Reconciliation Statement report...................................................................................... 137Disability Action Plans ..................................................................................................... 138Reporting against Carers Recognition Act 2005 ............................................................. 138Freedom of Information ................................................................................................... 138Asbestos Management.................................................................................................... 141Urban Design Charter...................................................................................................... 142Sustainability Report ....................................................................................................... 143
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  7. 7. Chief Executive’s OverviewI am pleased to present the 2008 Annual Report for the Department of FurtherEducation, Employment, Science and Technology.2008 has been an exciting and challenging year for the economy as it has been forDFEEST.The year commenced with an increasing focus on meeting the skills needs ofindustry and finished with concerns about rising unemployment arising from theglobal financial crisis.Despite changing economic circumstance what hasn’t changed is the Government’scommitment to increasing training, improving employment participation andboosting productivity through innovation, science and technology.A significant focus of the Department’s activities in 2008 was implementing theGovernment’s new Skills Strategy aimed at delivering a more effective, responsiveand cost effective training system for South Australia including significant increasesin work place based training and e-learning.As part of this strategy a new Training and Skills Development Act (2008) wasenacted, strengthening the legislative role of the Training and Skills Commission. Anew Training and Skills Commission was appointed on 1 September 2008 led byEmeritus Professor Denise Bradley AC. One of the first tasks of the Commission isto develop a five year Skills and Workforce Development Plan for South Australiareflecting the needs of industry. A new state purchasing plan will then be producedin 2009 to better direct funding for training in line with industry needs as outlined inthe Skills Plan.Significant changes to the TAFE SA network were implemented in 2008 with thefurther establishment of three connected institutes TAFE SA Adelaide South,TAFE SA Adelaide North and TAFE SA Regional. A key focus in the future will bethe establishment of Lead Industry Centres, five Lead Centres will be established in2009 aimed at developing closer working relationships with industry and keystakeholders to enable TAFE SA to be more responsive to the rapidly changingneeds of the business environment.The South Australian vocational education and training system continued tooutperform the rest of the nation in 2008. The National Centre for VocationalEducation Research Ltd (NCVER) Student Outcomes Survey 2008 showed SouthAustralia’s training sector was the most effective in Australia from a clientperspective, with92 per cent of graduates satisfied with the overall quality of their training, the highestof all states and territories. Students also reported excellent employment outcomes,with 86 per cent of students employed after training, outranking all other states andterritories and significantly higher than the national average of 81 per cent.As at 30 September 2008, NCVER data estimates there were 33 500 apprenticesand trainees in-training in South Australia, 4.2 per cent higher than the 32 200recorded a year earlier, at 30 September 2007. In the 12 months ending30 September 2008, there were an estimated 21 800 traineeship and apprenticeshipcommencements, representing an increase of 2.7 per cent increase compared tothe preceding twelve months to 30 September 2007. 9
  8. 8. The Commonwealth and State Government significantly increased funding fortraining in 2008 through the new Productivity Places Program for Existing Workers.The Program is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State Government(90 per cent) and industry (10 per cent). In 2008 a total of 2 821 South Australianworkers have secured training under this new program in areas of skill need withtotal funding of $14.1 million.Delivery on the Governments 10 Year Vision for Science, Technology and Innovation(STI10) continued in 2008 with the rollout of 11 new science infrastructurefacilities across the State as part of the National Collaborative ResearchInfrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) representing an investment of some $92 million inthe States research capabilities.The Premiers Science and Research Council (PSRC) welcomed a new co-chair, thenew Chief Scientist for South Australia, Dr Ian Chessell, replacing outgoing ChiefScientist Professor Max Brennan AO. Development of the States capabilitiesin water and renewable energy were the top priorities of the PSRC in 2008 as werestrategies to increase the study of science and maths.It is also pleasing to see that the first Veterinary Science students began studies atthe University of Adelaide in 2008 following State Government support of $5 milliontowards the building of the new Veterinary Science Centre in addition to a$15 million contribution from the Commonwealth and in excess of $10.5 million fromthe University.DFEEST also continued to support the objective of making broadband widelyavailable and affordable for South Australians. The Broadbanding Yorke Peninsulaproject provided broadband to households and business premises in YorkePeninsula through WiMAX broadband connections – the first time in Australia wherea whole community has been connected using this technology. A similar broadbandproject in the Coorong District also converted to the high quality WiMAX services.During the year Office for Youth A-Teams provided an opportunity for young peopleto work with industry mentors and hear from experts to research and investigate keypolicy issues to prepare innovative policy recommendations for Government.Over 1 000 young South Australians voiced their opinion on a range of issues linkedto South Australia’s Strategic Plan during the Tell It Like It Is youth consultations, inpartnership with the Community Engagement Board.DFEEST commenced a review of its Strategic Plan in late 2008 with industry andstakeholder consultation and the revised Strategic Plan will be released in 2009.I would like to give my thanks to Brian Cunningham, previous Chief Executive of theDepartment from January 2005 to August 2008 and express my thanks to all stafffor their commitment and hard work during the year. I would also like to thankMinister Caica for his leadership and direction during 2008.Raymond GarrandChief Executive 10
  9. 9. Highlights 2008 South Australia outranked all Australian states in terms of its performance on training. The National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER), Student Outcomes Survey 2008 reported that: - The quality of TAFE SA training was showcased in the South Australian Training Awards and WorldSkills Australia National Competitions. TAFE SA trained the South Australian Apprentice of the Year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year, Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year and won the enterprise Training Initiative Award within the South Australian Training Awards. TAFE SA students also claimed 11 medals of excellence at the WorldSkills national competition in Sydney in July 2008. The Government’s new Skills Strategy was endorsed in March 2008. The strategy aims to reform the delivery of training in South Australia by being more cost effective and responsive to industry demands. Key changes will include: - a significant increase in work-based training and e-learning - establishing a number of lead industry centres to provide a single point of contact for industry - embedding case management to support learners from disadvantaged groups - increasing the Recognition of Prior Leaning to help focus resources on filling training gaps and increasing qualifications - increasing efficiencies in the publicly funded training sector to be able to significantly increase training. The revised Training and Skills Development Act (2008) was proclaimed on 1 September 2008. Key changes include establishing a simpler, faster dispute resolution process for apprenticeship / traineeship arrangements; appointing for the first time the Training Advocate as an independent arbiter; and putting in place a faster more efficient process for approving training contracts. A new Training and Skills Commission was established headed by Emeritus Professor Denise Bradley AC - the Commission will focus on developing a five year workforce development plan and providing advice to Government on future workforce and training needs. In 2006, the State Government committed to funding an additional 2 600 apprentices and trainees over four years (2006-10) at a cost of $14.5 million. This target was exceeded before the end of 2008. As at 30 September 2008, NCVER data estimates there were 33 500 apprentices and trainees in-training in South Australia, 4.2 per cent higher than the 32 200 recorded a year earlier, at 30 September 2007. In the 12 months ending 30 September 2008, there were an estimated 21 800 traineeship and apprenticeship commencements, representing an increase of 2.7 per cent compared to the preceding twelve months to 30 September 2007. 11
  10. 10. The Department’s South Australia Works Program has helped many SouthAustralians gain employment or access further training:- South Australia Works learning, training and work programs expended $33.08 million 2007-08 including $4.7 million of Australian Government and other State Government agencies funds.- South Australia Works in the Regions assisted over 8 000 people in the regions with over 3 140 gaining employment.- South Australia Works for Mature Aged People - 3 780 participated in work programs and 1 659 gained employment.- South Australia Works with Industry - 4 970 people participated in industry programs, with 2 546 gaining employment.- South Australia Works programs involved 1 688 Aboriginal people and 806 gained employment.- The South Australia Works Aboriginal Apprenticeship Program supported 150 apprentices, and 55 new apprentices commenced an apprenticeship.- Sixty Aboriginal people gained a public sector traineeship, cadetship or apprenticeship via the South Australia Works CareerStart SA program.- South Australia Works for Aboriginal People won the Premier’s Award for the best public sector program for Growing Prosperity, a back to back achievement following last year’s South Australia Works in the Regions winning submission.The State Government negotiated two new funding agreements for vocationaleducation and training funding with the Commonwealth Government. Thisagreement covers skills and workforce development and the new nationalpartnership agreement for the Productivity Places Program.The Productivity Places Program aims at providing a significant boost totraining for jobseekers and existing workers as part of the AustralianGovernment’s Skilling Australia for the Future initiative.The Productivity Places Program for Existing Workers was formally launchedas a pilot program on 9 September 2008 with the aim of funding 1 800 higherlevel qualifications.In November 2008, the South Australian Government held an InnovationConference for 200 people including university leaders, industry players andgovernment in response to the Cutler Review into the National InnovationSystem which was completed in September 2008 with the release of theVenturous Australia report.The Department worked with Dr Michael Keating AC from the EconomicDevelopment Board on the Board’s Review of Skills and WorkforceDevelopment in South Australia. The review made wide rangingrecommendations for enhancement of the training system in South Australiato meet skills in demand; DFEEST is now implementing theserecommendations. 12
  11. 11. TAFE SA’s new Dental Clinic was opened at Gilles Plains Campus. Theredeveloped training facility has created an internationally competitive trainingenvironment which provides a unique facility for collaboration between TAFESA, the SA Dental Service and the University of Adelaide’s School ofDentistry. By working closely with industry, the program delivers leading edgetraining and education opportunities to support and expand South Australia’sskills base.A new SA Food Centre was opened within the Regency International Centreat TAFE SA Regency Campus. Principal partners in the project include TAFESA, the Department of Primary Industries and Resources SA and SARDI. TheCentre provides a “one stop shop” for the food industry to access a full rangeof support from the key government agencies that provide services to thefood industry.The TAFE SA Victor Harbor Campus Relocation Project was approved byGovernment and involves the construction of a new building that will enabledoubling of the training levels offered in the Fleurieu region. The newinfrastructure will include teaching, administrative and lecturer preparationspace and will include solar panels, water tanks and a high efficiency lightingsystem.The Department secured a $5 million grant for the University of Adelaidetowards the establishment of a new veterinary science school at theUniversity’s Roseworthy Campus.The project Broadbanding Yorke Peninsula achieved its goal whenhouseholds and business premises were provided with WiMAX broadbandconnections during 2008. 13
  12. 12. Vision, Mission and ValuesOur VisionSouth Australia has a highly skilled workforce and maximised employmentparticipation that shapes the State’s economic competitiveness, and isdistinguishedby a culture of excellence, innovation, continuous learning and social inclusion.Our MissionTo optimally match workforce skills, training and participation, with current andfuture employment, working with individuals, community and industry to strategicallysupport the State’s development. This mission requires creative and integratedpolicy that delivers effective training, employment programs and services.Our ValuesDFEEST is striving to become a high performance learning organisation, whichattracts, develops and retains a highly talented workforce. The Department will onlyachieve its vision through a strong commitment to our people and core values. Wewill show integrity in our:Respect for: the values, beliefs, customs and cultures of individuals and our community others’ rights, responsibilities and professionalismResponsiveness in: providing timely and caring services generating creative, shared solutions embracing change where it is appropriate recognising and celebrating effort and achievementOpenness in decision-making by: providing supporting reasons restricting information only where there is a wider public interest declaring any relevant private interests resolving conflicts being transparent 14
  13. 13. Striving for excellence in: using public resources efficiently and effectively embedding equality of access and opportunity fairness in our operations standards of serviceCourage in: challenging and being challenged taking risks doing things in different ways taking responsibility for mistakes and learning from them enforcing our code of conductTo view the 2007 – 2010 DFEEST Strategic Plan go tohttp://www.dfeest.sa.gov.au/Portals/2/downloads/dfeeststratplan07_10.pdf 15
  14. 14. Legislation, Role and StructurePortfolio governance for further education, employment, science, technology andyouth is managed through a number of councils, boards and committees. Thesework in conjunction with the Department to advise the Minister for Employment,Training and Further Education, the Minister for Science and Information Economyand the Minister for Youth on key strategic areas.AgencyThe Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and TechnologyActs AdministeredTechnical and Further Education Act 1975Training and Skills Development Act 2003 (until repealed by the Training and SkillsDevelopment Act 2008 which came into operation on 1 September 2008)Construction Industry Training Fund Act 1993Flinders University of South Australia Act 1966University of Adelaide Act 1971University of South Australia Act 1990RegulationsTechnical and Further Education Regulations 1999Technical and Further Education (Vehicles) Regulations 1998Training and Skills Development Regulations 2003 (until repealed by the Trainingand Skills Development Regulations 2008 which came into operation on4 September 2008)Construction Industry Training Fund Regulations 1993 (until repealed by theConstruction Industry Training Fund Regulations 2008 which came into operation on1 September 2008)Public Corporations (Bio Innovation SA) Regulations 2001Public Corporations (Education Adelaide) Regulations 1998Public Corporations (Playford Centre) Regulations 1996 16
  15. 15. Boards, Committees and Authorities within the Minister’s portfolioTraining and Skills CommissionThe Training and Skills Commission was initially established under the Training andSkills Development Act 2003. On 1 September 2008 a new and strengthenedCommission was appointed under the new Training and Skills Development Act2008. The Act gives authority to the Commission in regulating training providers andapprenticeships and traineeships. The Commission advises and makesrecommendations to the Minister on matters relating to the development, funding,quality and performance of vocational education and training, adult communityeducation, and higher education sectors.Under the 2008 Act, the Commission will provide advice and recommendations onthe priorities and actions needed to increase the skills base of the workforce to theSouth Australian Government. A key task for the Commission is to develop a fiveyear Skills and Workforce Development Plan for South Australia in conjunction withthe Economic Development Board, the Social Inclusion Board, Industry SkillsBoards, and regional, community and industry groups.The Commission has nine members and two deputy members appointed by theGovernor, the majority from industry, with two appointed after consultation withemployer associations and the United Trades and Labour Council. The Commissionis chaired by Emeritus Professor Denise Bradley AC.The Act also establishes two reference groups, the Adult Community EducationReference Group and the Training Regulation Reference Group, to advise and assistthe Commission. These groups are convened by Commission members, but drawon the wider resources of industry and the community for specialist advice throughtheir membership and consultation strategies.The Training and Skills Commission provides its own annual report to Parliament onits operations and reference groups.Institute CouncilsThe Institute Councils are established by the Minister for Employment, Training andFurther Education for each of the three Institutes of TAFE SA under the Technicaland Further Education Act 1975. The Councils advise, monitor performance andprovide supplementary funding for the Institutes’ operation.Higher Education CouncilThe Higher Education Council was established in order to bring together universityvice-chancellors and other key players in the higher education sector in recognitionof the central role that education, training and research and development has to thefuture development of the South Australian economy and community. The Councilis chaired by the Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education and isadministratively supported by DFEEST. 17
  16. 16. Austraining InternationalAustraining International was formed in 1991 and is wholly owned by theGovernment of South Australia. Austraining is focussed on the delivery of trainingoffshore for the overseas development market. Austraining employs around 85 staffwith 13 in country offices across the Asia-Pacific.For more information regarding Austraining International go tohttp://www.austraining.com.au/CompanyInfo/AboutUs/tabid/54/Default.aspxEducation AdelaideEducation Adelaide is a subsidiary of the Minister for Employment, Training andFurther Education established under the Public Corporations (Education Adelaide)Regulations 1988. It operates as a partnership between the City of Adelaide, theState’s universities, the State Government and numerous private colleges andschools. Its strategic direction is to accelerate the growth of South Australia’seducation export industry to benefit the State’s education providers, the localeconomy and community. Education Adelaide works closely with DFEEST toachieve targets in South Australia’s Strategic Plan.For more information on Education Adelaide go tohttp://www.studyadelaide.com/about-us.aspxOffice of the Training AdvocateThe Training Advocate responds to questions or concerns about the vocationaleducation and training system in South Australia and can assist by: Providing information about vocational education and training Listening to student and Registered Training Organisation concerns Investigating complaints or referring them to another authority who can deal with them Continually looking for ways to assist the State Government to improve the training system.The Office of the Training Advocate comes under the Training and SkillsDevelopment Act 2008 and reports directly to the Minister for Employment, Trainingand Further Education and tables a separate Annual Report.The Office of the Training Advocate Website can be found athttp://www.trainingadvocate.sa.gov.au/The Premier’s Science and Research CouncilThe Premier’s Science and Research Council was established to advise theGovernment on strategies for boosting local science and research capabilities andimproving levels of innovation. The Council is co-chaired by the Premier and theState’s Chief Scientist and is administratively supported by DFEEST.During 2008 the Council initiated work on improving science and maths skills in theSouth Australian workforce, as well as projects on water and renewable energy. TheCouncil membership was increased during 2008 to include members withexperience in mineral resources, climate change and water and natural resourcemanagement. The South Australian Scientist of the Year and South Australian YoungTall Poppy were also invited to join the Council. 18
  17. 17. Information Economy Advisory BoardThe Information Economy Advisory Board provides advice to the Minister forScience and Information Economy on potential benefits of the information economyto all South Australians and on how to maximise the benefits. Membership bringstogether prominent individuals from the community, academia and industry. It issupported by, and works closely with, DFEEST.Bio Innovation SABio Innovation SA is a subsidiary of the Minister for Science and InformationEconomy established by the Public Corporation (Bio Innovation SA) Regulations2001. South Australia has a dynamic bioscience industry based on a strongtradition of medical and agricultural research that drives commercial opportunities.To build on these opportunities, the South Australian Government establishedBio Innovation SA, a bioscience industry development organisation that providesbusiness development, finance, infrastructure and marketing assistance.For more information on Bio Innovation SA go tohttp://www.bioinnovationsa.com.au/Playford CentrePlayford Centre is a subsidiary of the Minister for Science and Information Economyestablished by the Public Corporations (Playford Centre) Regulations 1996, tocontribute to South Australia’s economic growth, exports, commercialisation ofresearch and entrepreneurial activity, by facilitating the formation and developmentof innovative technology ventures.Playford CapitalIn 2001, Playford Centre formed a subsidiary Playford Capital Pty Ltd. PlayfordCapital uses funding provided by the Australian Government’s Building on ITStrengths and ICT Incubator Programs to invest in South Australian ICT firms whichhave the potential and commitment to become high growth companies exportinginterstate and overseas. This has stimulated the inflow of private equity into SouthAustralia and supported ICT company growth.For more information on Playford Capital go to www.playford.com.auSABRENet LtdSABRENet Ltd is a company limited by guarantee with the three local universitiesand the Government of South Australia as members. It is a not for profitorganisation which has as its objective to further the use of advanced datanetworking for the conduct of research and education in South Australia. SABRENetLtd owns a dark fibre optical cable telecommunications network linking the majorhigher education Campuses and research precincts, as well as some schools andTAFE Campuses in metropolitan Adelaide. 19
  18. 18. Duke of Edinburgh’s Award State Award CommitteeThe Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an international self-development programavailable to young people aged 14-25. The Minister for Youth is the exclusivelicence holder in South Australia and appoints the State Award Committee tomaintain quality and support the delivery of the Award.Minister’s Youth CouncilThe Minister’s Youth Council comprises young people aged 12-25 who provideadvice to the Minister for Youth on issues that affect young South Australians. TheMinister’s Youth Council consults and advises the Minister directly through monthlymeetings. 20
  19. 19. GovernanceThe Department’s principal corporate governance obligations are prescribed in thePublic Sector Management Act 1995 and the Technical and Further Education Act1975. These Acts establish general management aims, personnel management andemployee conduct standards. The Chief Executive is responsible for observance ofthese aims and standards.The Department maintains a governance framework (Figure 1) that integratesstrategic management, leadership and accountability, in the way it manages itspeople and resources to achieve best performance of its functions.Figure 1 Minister Audit and Risk Chief Executive Management EXECUTIVE FORUM Corporate Executive DCE ETS DCE PPI Budget and Finance Executive Other Reference Groups TAR Exec TAN Exec TAS Exec Business Services Strategic Reference Group TAFE SA Network Executive Asset Strategy Committee Other reference Groups Aboriginal Action Committee Workforce Development Executive Information AccountabilityThe framework is supported by a governance structure encompassing the following:Corporate Executive is the high level decision making and leadership group in theDepartment. Its primary role is to ensure the successful achievement of theDepartment’s strategic planning and portfolio outcomes and it has responsibility formaintaining the effectiveness of these governance mechanisms.The Budget and Finance Executive Committee is an expert committee providingfinancial governance over the Department’s resources. It monitors performanceagainst fiscal targets and tracks allocation of operating and capital budgets andmakes decisions on a range of finance related issues. The Committee provides 21
  20. 20. advice on the best use of operating and capital budgets to the Chief Executivethrough Corporate Executive.The Business Services Strategic Reference Group provides leadership, advice andthe strategic vision for business services across DFEEST. The Group is a subcommittee of Corporate Executive and reports to Corporate Executive as required.The Asset Strategy Committee provides strategic guidance for the integratedplanning and management of all infrastructure requirements across the portfolio andthe development of strategic portfolio infrastructure plans for TAFE SA.The Aboriginal Action Committee provides leadership within DFEEST to improveaccess to, and outcomes from education, training and employment programs forAboriginal people in South Australia.The Workforce Policy Development Executive brings together the leadership of allrelevant policy units of DFEEST and the Office of the Training and Skills Commissionto ensure a coordinated and connected approach to workforce planning and policyactivities across the Department and to build more focussed and collaborativerelationships with external stakeholders on policy and workforce developmentissues.Executive Forum is a broadly based group of executive leaders responsible for thecollaborative achievement of departmental objectives across all initiatives andprograms.The TAFE SA Network Executive is a peak decision making body for all strategicissues relating to the TAFE SA Network. It will lead the implementation of the SkillsStrategy and standardise services across a range of Institute operational areasacross TAFE SA.The Audit and Risk Management Committee is an integral part of the governanceframework and provides assurance to, and assists the Chief Executive inundertaking his statutory and administrative responsibilities. 22
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  25. 25. GOAL 1 Ensure South Australians have the necessary education and skills to participate in the high skill economy1.1 Accelerate skills take-up for the current and emerging workforce (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan (SASP) Target (T) 6.15, T6.19, T6.20 and T6.21)A key strategy for accelerating and increasing training has been to increaseRecognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL involves recognising knowledge and skillsfrom life and work experience, previous courses and training, or self-taughtknowledge and skills. Candidates must provide evidence of relevant skills andknowledge to gain recognition for all or part of a course/qualification at TAFE SA.RPL processes undertaken by TAFE SA include: Refrigeration program for workers to gain Certificate II in Electrotechnology – Split Systems for the purpose of gaining a national Refrigerant Handling licence The Building, Construction and Furnishing program commenced assessment and delivery to apprentices on site and on location during 2008. This resulted in providing recognition of current competencies and RPL to a number of existing workers The School of Plumbing Services worked closely with SA Water to develop a technical competency framework for implementation across its workforce to increase skills transfer and the number of staff with nationally accredited qualifications The Aboriginal Access Centre (AAC) conducted an RPL project with Aboriginal staff across government agencies to promote completion of Certificates III and above. The AAC provides case management and learning support to Aboriginal students in mainstream TAFE SA courses to assist in completion higher level qualification completions The TAFE SA Community Services and Health program has continued to work in partnership with the Community and Neighbourhood House Association to deliver an RPL mentoring and assessment program for Neighbourhood House coordinators. This program leads to the completion of the Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Community Services Management.A similar model of mentoring community and Government leaders through an RPLprocess has been highly successful across the State, leading to more than 70workers completing the Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Community ServicesManagement. More than 40 of these participants have been Indigenous.Other initiatives to accelerate skills take-up include: A joint program developed with TAFE SA and CMI (Toyota) to fast track apprentices enrolled in Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Specialising in Light Vehicle) 27
  26. 26. TAFE SA Hospitality, Food and Wine Program at Barossa Campus delivered a ‘Taste of Hospitality’ training program to 57 participants during 2008 with 39 gaining employment. This program was funded by South Australia Works, Mid North Development Board, Barossa Lower North Futures Inc. and has received in-kind sponsorship from the Clare/Mid North Hospitality and Tourism enterprises The TAFE SA GetSET 50 Program at Port Augusta Campus continued in 2008. GetSET 50 targets young people between 16-19 years who have been disconnected from education. The program produced 40 successful graduates in 2008, 22 of whom were Indigenous Goal 100 (Mark III), an initiative of One Steel, TAFE SA and the Whyalla Economic Development Board continued to provide an opportunity in 2008 for more than 100 local unemployed people to win jobs in the expanding heavy vehicle industry sector, including the mining industry.1.2 Ensure a ready supply of qualified South Australian workers is available from the State’s growth sectors (Links to SASP T6.19, T6.20 and T6.21)Results to be achieved by June 2010 unless otherwise statedIncrease by 5 per cent the number of young people aged 15-24 in traineeships andapprenticeships from 19 900 at June 2006 to 20 900.Progress to date: As at 30 June 2008, the number of young people aged 15-24 intraineeships and apprenticeships was 19 700. 1Trainee and Apprentice ActivityThe Department is responsible for the regulation of the traineeship andapprenticeship system in South Australia under the delegation of the Training andSkills Commission. Traineeships and apprenticeships remain a key strategy throughwhich a ready supply of skills are made available to South Australian businesses andindustry.As at 30 September 2008, NCVER data estimates there were 33 500 apprenticesand trainees in-training in South Australia, 4.2 per cent higher than the 32 200recorded a year earlier, at 30 September 2007. In the 12 months ending30 September 2008, there were an estimated 21 800 traineeship and apprenticeshipcommencements, representing an increase of 2.7 per cent increase compared tothe preceding twelve months to 30 September 2007.Over 10 000 trainees and apprentices completed their training in each of the pastthree years, with 11 200 completions recorded in the 12 months ending June 2008.1 Source: NCVER data cubes, July 1994 to June 2008. NCVER has revised its June 2006 estimates down to 19 600, thebenchmark used for this target 28
  27. 27. Trainee and apprentice activity, five years ending 30 June 2008* 40000 35000 30000 25000 20000 15000 10000 5000 0 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 In training Commencements CompletionsIn training figures are provided at 30 June of each year, commencement and completion figures are provided for the 12 monthsending 30 June of each year.All figures are based on the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) Australian vocational education andtraining statistics – Apprentices and trainees June quarter (2008). All figures are estimated for 2008 and in training figures areestimated for 2007. The NCVER may revise these figures in the future.The South Australian Government has a strong commitment to industry leadershipand has strengthened the role of the Industry Skills Boards (ISBs) as theDepartment’s primary source of industry advice. The ISBs work with industry,enterprise, community and Government to identify workforce trends and emergingskill needs, and facilitate the update of workforce development strategies byindustry to improve the attraction, retention and development of a skilled workforce.Additional funding resources will support the Boards.A number of TAFE SA programs are continuing to work with the ISBs and industryassociations to meet skill shortages being experienced in various industries. Twoexamples of TAFE SA initiatives during 2008 include industry partnerships withClipsal for the delivery of training for Electrical Prevocational students and theElectrical Apprenticeship Program (Certificate III in Electrotechnology – SystemsElectrician).Marketing students at Adelaide City Campus are training in a purpose-built, fullyequipped simulated office environment made possible through a donation ofequipment from retailer Harvey Norman. The ‘Harvey Norman Centre for Innovation’was launched in 2008.South Australia Works Skills Recognition Services (SRS) was established in theAdelaide CBD to assist people with the recognition of qualifications and skills(gained locally or overseas) in order to gain employment. The service opened as ashop front at 55 Currie Street, Adelaide in March 2008. The service primarily workswith newly arrived skilled migrants and also assists anyone needing help with 29
  28. 28. information on pathways to recognition of qualifications and skills; recognition ofprior learning; career changes; and/or pathways to gaining skilled employment.2006-08 Pre-Apprenticeship / Traineeship ProgramThe Department awarded grants to six registered training organisations (RTOs) forthe delivery of the Pre-Apprenticeship/Traineeship Program in June 2007. Theprogram seeks to increase the supply of apprentices and trainees in occupationsand industries experiencing skill shortages that are considered to be of strategicimportance to South Australia’s economy.The 2006-08 Program concluded on 30 June 2008, with 70 per cent of the 176commencing participants gaining employment. Forty-four per cent of commencingparticipants gained an apprenticeship or traineeship while further education andtraining outcomes were achieved by other participants.The Department has formal processes through which grievances and disputes canbe raised by trainees, apprentices or their employers. In the 12 months toJune 2008, 74 disputes and/or grievances were referred to the Training and SkillsCommission’s Grievances and Disputes Mediation Committee (GDMC) fordetermination.Since the enactment of the Training and Skills Development Act 2008, on1 September 2008, parties to a training contract can now take grievances anddisputes directly to the South Australian Industrial Relations Committee.At the COAG meeting on 29 November 2008 all State and Territory Governmentsand the Australian Government agreed to sign a new National Skills and WorkforceDevelopment Agreement. This Agreement covers the Specific Purpose Paymentsmade by the Commonwealth to the State for Vocational Education and Training. It issubject to the provisions of the broader Intergovernmental Agreement on FederalFinancial Relations. This new Agreement significantly reforms the nature of therelationship between the States and Territories and the Commonwealth. TheAgreement emphasises national skills and workforce development targets and theassociated outcomes and outputs for which the States and Territories are expectedto achieve.The Agreement also clarifies individual and joint State, Territory and Commonwealthresponsibilities within the national training system. The Agreement defines the baselevel of funding nationally and the distribution of that funding between jurisdictions.Special Purpose Payments from the Commonwealth are no longer provided asindividual grants to agencies direct from the Commonwealth but rather will be paidto State Treasury and transferred to DFEEST on an agreed basis. The newarrangements commence on 1 January 2009.The other important agreement reached by COAG in relation to the VET system isthe National Partnership Agreement on Productivity Places Program. ThisPartnership provides significant additional investment in vocational education andtraining for both Existing Workers and Job Seekers. South Australia piloted theExisting Worker component of the program in 2008 through an MOU with theCommonwealth. Implementation of the full Existing Worker and Job Seekerprograms will commence in 2009. 30
  29. 29. It is expected that national policy development and reform of the VET system willcontinue through COAG and the Ministerial Council for Vocational Education andTechnical Education (MCVTE).1.3 Enhance Adelaide’s reputation as a world class city for education, training and higher education (Links to SASP T1.16, T6.20 and T6.21In South Australia overseas student enrolments peaked at a record 27 967, up by20.1 per cent on 2007 numbers and representing 5.1 per cent market share of thenational total. Australian Education International estimates that overseas studentsdirectly contributed $741 million to the South Australian economy and $13.73 billionto the Australian economy, making international education Australias third largestexport industry. 2The Department continued to provide financial support to Education Adelaide tolead the Study Adelaide marketing initiative in overseas markets. Along with theDepartment of the Premier and Cabinet’s University City Project and the AdelaideCity Council, the Department assisted the development of Education Adelaide’sIndustry Development Plan, which provides the blueprint for positioning Adelaide asa city for high quality education and accessible support infrastructure.There has been a significant increase in the number of providers offering educationservices to overseas students, in particular in the vocational education sector. Thetotal number of providers delivering to overseas students has increased from 45 to62. Fifteen of the 17 new education and training organisations were registered toprovide education services to overseas students in the VET sector. These 15providers were approved for a total student enrolment capacity of 2 250 students.This higher level of activity has sharpened the Department’s focus on its regulatoryand quality assurance activities for this sector.TAFE SA was presented with the Hong Kong Australia Business Association Judges’Award for excellence in bilateral trade and building strong educational ties withHong Kong and mainland China.The Department continues to work closely with the University City Project in theDepartment of the Premier and Cabinet on measures to attract high qualityinternational universities to Australia and to improve international research.In their 2007 Annual Reports, South Australia’s universities reported the followingachievements: The University of South Australia saw an increase in its total research income of 13 per cent to $45.7 million It won Federal Government funding to establish a national centre for student equity in higher education and the University was named an Employer of Choice for Women for a fifth consecutive year The University of Adelaide signed formal agreements with the United Kingdom’s Cranfield University for research and courses in defence and security 2 Source: Australian Education International (AEI), subscribers Marketing Information Package (MIP), detailed December 2008 Pivot table, accessed online 26 February 2009 31
  30. 30. It won more than $57 million in new federal grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and the Grains Research and Development Corporation, highlighting the University’s research experience It has been awarded 235 new Commonwealth-supported places, more new places than any other university in the country Flinders University commenced the construction of the new $45 million Health Sciences and Education buildings It renewed formal agreements between the university, DFEEST and TAFE SA for a further five years, providing increased cooperation with the VET sector Flinders University was nominated as the lead University for the South Australian Government in the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) consortium.The quality of TAFE SA training was showcased in the South Australian TrainingAwards and WorldSkills Australia National Competitions. TAFE SA trained the SouthAustralian Apprentice of the Year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student ofthe Year, Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year and won the enterpriseTraining Initiative Award within the South Australian Training Awards. TAFE SAstudents also claimed 11 medals of excellence at the WorldSkills nationalcompetition in Sydney in July 2008.1.4 Build a fair, quality oriented and competitive training market (Links to SASP T1.16, T6.20 and T6.21User Choice training subsidiesThe Department provides support for traineeships and apprenticeships through theprovision of training subsidies (known as User Choice training subsidies) toregistered training organisations.During 2008, 176 registered training organisations (consisting of TAFE SA andprivately owned registered training providers) established User Choice agreements.A total of $39.87 million was provided by the Department during the 2007-08financial year to support in excess of 22 000 trainees and apprentices undertaking anationally recognised qualification.As illustrated in the figure below, 44 per cent of students who attracted User Choiceassistance were apprentices, while funding for traineeships represented 38 per centof expenditure. Student numbers Funding T/ ships T/ ships A/ ships $14,203,229 12,814 9,951 38% A/ ships 56% 44% $23,130,872 62%Funding for traineeships and apprenticeships does not equal total expenditure for User Choice, as other expenses associatedwith User Choice are included in the total expenditure for the program. 32
  31. 31. Review of User Choice policy and pricing structureThe Department commenced a review of the current User Choice policy and pricingstructure in 2008.It is anticipated that the review will be finalised by early 2009.Travel and accommodation allowances for apprentices and traineesA departmental review of travel and accommodation allowances for apprentices andtrainees resulted in a number of policy changes. This included the rationalisation oftravel allowances on the basis of distance travelled to the nearest training provider.The outcome has increased allowances for the majority of eligible apprentices andtrainees.The annual travel and accommodation budget increased from $0.875 million to$1.775 million, in July 2008, to support the policy amendment.Quality in TrainingThe Department manages the assessment of registrations of training providers todeliver nationally recognised qualifications and Statements of Attainment underdelegation from the Training and Skills Commission.A total of 31 non-university higher education providers are registered in SouthAustralia, delivering 208 higher education qualifications. There were three neworganisations approved in 2008.The vocational education and training sector in South Australia continued to growwith 24 new providers registered making a total of 290 registered providers in thissector. The registration of TAFE SA was renewed for a further five years following acomprehensive assessment process across delivery sites that demonstratedcompliance with all registration requirements. During the year, 16 providerswithdrew from the system.The Department investigates complaints about registered providers. Thirty sevenwritten complaints were received during the year.The majority of vocational education and training qualifications are developed andendorsed within National Training Packages. Each Training Package provides a suiteof qualifications for a sector of industry ranging from entry to para-professionallevels. The Department made available 36 training packages containing 335qualifications. Of these, 124 qualifications were made available as traineeships orapprenticeships.In addition to national qualifications in Training Packages, vocational educationqualifications are accredited provided there is an industry or market need not met bya Training Package. A total of 13 vocational education courses were approved forinitial accreditation or extension of accreditation. Eight of these courses wereaccredited under delegation by TAFE SA.Twenty six professional development workshops to assist training providers meetregistration requirements were attended by 334 participants. Three Training ProviderForums conducted by the Department attracted over 180 managers andpractitioners from private and public RTOs in 2008. 33
  32. 32. The Department also: informed students and consumers of their choices, rights and responsibilities informed and advised training providers about the relevant national and state standards and legislation with which they must comply contributed to the design, development and implementation of national qualifications ensured standards are met with continuous improvement through audits of training providers convened professional development workshops and forums on teaching and learning strategies and education management issues worked in collaboration with relevant national and interstate bodies to maintain and improve the national training system.RECOGNITION DATATable 1 VET REGISTRATION 2007 2008 Summary Total Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) registered in SA for 282 290 a domestic delivery RTOs also delivering Higher Education courses 14 14 RTOs registered in South Australia operating in another State/Territory 93 122 RTOs who remain suspended 3 0b RTOs with delegated powers 1 1c Approvals Initial registration 31 24 Renewal of registration 55 51 Extension to scope of registration 93 139 TOTAL 179 214 Qualifications added to TAFE SA scope of registration under 70 77 delegation Refusals, Cancellations and Suspensions RTOs who expired or voluntarily withdrew registration 10 16 d RTOs who transferred to interstate registering body 0 0 RTOs who had registration cancelled by registration authority 0 0 RTOs who had registration suspended by registration authority 0 0 RTOs who had registration refused by registration authority: Initial registration 3 3 Extension to scope registration 1 1 Renewal of registration 1 0 TOTAL 15 20 Audit Activity: Number of audits conducted Initial registration 32 29 Renewal of registration 53 52 Extension to scope of registration 50 37 Compliance 34 33 Complaint 7 8 TOTAL 176 159 a 2 RTOs have their auditing and registration managed by National Audit and Registration Agency (NARA) b Registration period for all 3 suspended RTOs has lapsed c TAFESA d Includes 3 RTOs who were previously suspended 34
  33. 33. Table 2VET ACCREDITATION 2007 2008SummaryTotal accredited courses 278 159ApprovalsCourses accredited 39 5Courses accredited (TAFESA under delegated 3 8authority)Training Package qualifications implemented in South 335 335AustraliaNew qualifications made available through 124 124traineeships or apprenticeshipsTOTAL 501 472Table 3HIGHER EDUCATION REGISTRATION 2007 2008SummaryHigher education providers registered in SA for 28 31 domestic deliveryHigher education providers who also deliver VET 14 14 coursesApprovalsInitial Registration 1 3Variation to scope of registration 10 2TOTAL 11 5Refusals, Revocations and WithdrawalsHigher education providers who voluntarily withdrew 0 0 registrationHigher education providers who had registration 0 0 cancelled by registration authorityHigher education providers who had registration 0 0 suspended by registration authorityHigher education providers who had registration refused by registration authority 0 0Initial registration 0 1Variation of registration 0 0Renewal of registrationTOTAL 0 1Table 4HIGHER EDUCATION ACCREDITATION 2007 2008SummaryTotal current accredited courses 253 208ApprovalsCourses accredited 35 20 35
  34. 34. Table 5OVERSEAS RECOGNITION 2007 2008SummaryRegistered providers delivering only VET courses to 18 32overseas studentsRegistered providers delivering only higher education 9 10courses to overseas studentsRegistered providers delivering VET and higher 8 9education courses to overseas studentsRegistered providers delivering only EnglishLanguage Intensive Courses (ELICOS) to overseas 5 6studentsRegistered providers delivering VET and highereducation and English Language Intensive Courses 3 3(ELICOS) to overseas studentsRegistered providers delivering English LanguageIntensive Courses (ELICOS) and VET courses to 1 1overseas studentsRegistered providers delivering English LanguageIntensive Courses (ELICOS) and higher education 1 1courses to overseas studentsTotal Registered providers approved to deliver to 45 62overseas studentsApprovalsInitial registration 2 17Renewal of registration 3 5Extension to scope of registration 13 10TOTAL 18 32Refusals, Cancellations and SuspensionsRTOs who voluntarily withdrew registration 1 0RTOs who had registration cancelled by registration 0 0authorityRTOs who had registration suspended by registration 0 0authorityRTOs who had registration refused by registrationauthority:Initial registration 1 1Extension to scope registration 0 1Renewal of registration 0 0TOTAL 2 2Audit Activity: Number of audits conductedInitial registration 3 19Renewal of registration 3 5Extension to scope of registration 13 9Compliance 1 3Complaint 1 2TOTAL 21 38 36
  35. 35. 1.5 Continue to develop fresh approaches to skills development and system reforms (Links to SASP T6.15, T6.19, T6.20 and T6.21)A TAFE SA e-learning strategy was launched in June 2008. The strategy integratesthe approach to e-learning across TAFE SA, increases access to quality learning,increases capacity to deliver quality education and contributes to a systems andbusiness oriented approach.TAFE SA Business Administration program secured funding from the AustralianFlexible Learning Framework to undertake the Virtual Administration TraineeAdventures (VATA) project. VATA will explore the educational opportunities of usingvirtual worlds as an e-learning platform by trialling the methodology with a pilotgroup of Aboriginal trainees who are employed by the Department of Education andChildren’s Services (DECS).TAFE SA Hairdressing Program has partnered with local schools and key industryemployers in the Riverland to develop e-learning strategies to assist with delivery ofCertificate II in Hairdressing. This allows the local community retain young people todevelop skills for the community.TAFE SA conducted two successful pilot programs at Bower Place, a FamilyTherapy Centre in Gawler Place for delivery of the Certificate IV in CommunityServices Work. Students were exposed to learning in an on-job environment withsupport and direction from Bower Place and TAFE SA staff, with access tointeractive learning materials online.The South Australia Works Skills Recognition Services gave free one hour interviewsto over 150 members of the public. Participants experienced the benefits ofidentifying their existing skills and knowledge to help them gain a nationallyrecognised qualification, engage in further training and improve their opportunities inthe job market. Each participant received a report they could use to present to atraining organisation if they wished to seek formal assessment or further training.1.6 Promote community learning for the benefit of the individual, the economy and social health of the State (Links to SASP T6.19)The Alternative Learning Options Program (ALOP) delivered by TAFE SA is fundedby South Australia Works, promoting community learning to assist disengagedyoung people to either return to school, pursue further TAFE SA studies or gainemployment. Participants from four southern metropolitan high schools developedtheir confidence and gained valuable skills.During 2008 the Horse Skills Centre collaborated with Balaklava High School,Balaklava Racing Club and Barossa Lower North Futures Board to further develophorse industry training programs for school students within the region.A community program during Adult Learners’ Week called ‘the upside of retirement’was attended by 70 people, with ‘Cookery for Retired Men’ a strongly attendedprogram.TAFE SA Abilities for All program worked closely with the Disability Sector toincrease basic skill levels across the community. In 2008, the program involved key 37
  36. 36. partners from Barkuma, Orana, Balyana, Barossa Enterprises, Minda and theBedford Group. Accredited training programs were offered to 168 employees acrossthese organisations at Certificate II level.The South Australia Works Adult Community Education Program (ACE) supportedover 90 projects delivering 10 000 accredited and 300 000 hours of non-accreditedlearning to over 11 000 people.Implementation of Community Learning: learn, live, grow, prosper during 2008included Adult Learners Week activities in September and the Australian LearningCommunities Conference in October. A website that promotes all communitylearning activity, sponsored by South Australian and Local Government is beingdeveloped by DFEEST.Making Literacy Everybody’s Business was launched in September 2008, promotingnew ways of communicating ideas and information to increase all forms of literacy,including workplace, health, financial and information technology.1.7 Specially focus on disadvantaged members of societySouth Australia Works in Communities creates learning opportunities for people andtheir communities. People with a disability, migrants and disadvantagedunemployed or under-employed people between 25 and 39 years were supported toparticipate in learning programs. Through a range of programs 4 646 people wereassisted and 1 835 gained employment. The Employment Assistance Programsupported 2 010 jobseekers facing barriers to employment of which 835 gainedemployment. The Parents Return to Work program provided accredited training to590 parents with 225 gaining employment.South Australia Works for Aboriginal People won the Premier’s Award for the bestpublic sector program for Growing Prosperity.South Australia Works in the Regions Recognition and Achievement Award waspresented to Riverland Drought Recovery Initiative - Mining, which assisted workersaffected by the continuing impact of the drought.In 2007, the State Government announced a $7.7 million package to supportfarmers and farming communities in drought affected areas. This amount was partof an overall $60 million drought relief program designed to support farmers andrural communities.During 2007-08 the Department administered $1.5 million of this total packagethrough the Drought Apprenticeship Retention Program to assist employers indrought designated areas through payments of $1 500 for each apprentice ortrainee retained in their employment, allowing 980 apprentices and trainees toremain in employment.A group of young unemployed South Australians participated in the Dare to Dreamproject, a joint initiative between TAFE SA Hospitality Studies, South AustraliaWorks, Hyatt Regency Adelaide, Save the Children Australia (SA) and HospitalityGroup Training. The project comprised a short training program provided byTAFE SA in which participants were given an introduction to the knowledge and 38
  37. 37. skills required to be a chef, including cooking techniques, nutrition, kitchen hygiene,and occupational health and safety.TAFE SA Workplace Education is working closely with Families SA and MindaIncorporated to deliver positive learning outcomes for youth at risk and learners withdisabilities through the Labs n Life project with the learning outcomes from theCertificate I in Introductory Vocational Education Certificate (IVEC).TAFE SA implemented the first GetSet For Your FUTURE program in themetropolitan area for 80 disengaged young people. Managed through NorthernFutures and in partnership with OneSteel.The Equity Fee Assistance Scheme continued during 2008. The scheme assistsstudents who hold a pensioner concession card or health care card.TAFE SA supported disadvantaged members of the community, particularly thosewho have no academic results, to gain access to government subsidised trainingplaces through Assessment of Basic Skills (TABS) testing. The testing demonstratesessential minimum literacy and numeracy skills required to be successful in TAFESA courses. In 2008 streamlining of TABS processes occurred with applicants ableto access their results via the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre website.TAFE SA English Language Services, Home Tutor Scheme matches volunteers withmigrants or refugees to provide one on one tutoring in English language skillsdevelopment. The Home Tutor Scheme provides nationally accredited training andsupport to volunteers who help migrants learn English.TAFE SA won the 2008 Fair Go Award from Deaf Australia in recognition ofexceptional efforts to give deaf people a fair go in education.TAFE SA Community Services and Health provided accredited training in the APYLands with 12 students graduating in 2008 in various Certificate II and III CommunityServices qualifications. A VET in Schools program provided Certificate II inCommunity Services Work with a child care focus. Thirty five residents in the APYLands have been involved in Community Services and Health studies. Studentswere engaged through active, hands on delivery through culturally appropriate andlocally relevant learning materials and activities.TAFE SA has worked collaboratively with Pika Wiya Learning Centre to gain fundingfor a Certificate II in Health Support Services, resulting in 10 successful participantsincluding three students on Australian School Based Apprenticeships.A pilot program at TAFE SA Barossa Valley Campus integrated an engineeringcourse with literacy/numeracy. Overall there were 60 participants in the programwith 41 Indigenous participants who completed Access Training (Numeracy andLiteracy), Certificate I Resources and Infrastructure Operations and Certificate II inMetalliferous Mining Operations (Open Cut).The state-wide Aboriginal Access Centre initiative was established to facilitateincreased participation and engagement of Aboriginal people in VET andemployment through individualised Case Management Services, Certificate I and IIlevel qualifications, marketing, Cultural Awareness Training and fee assistancegrants. 39
  38. 38. GOAL 2 Provide high quality employment and workforce development servicesResults to be achieved by 2010 and how DFEEST is trackingIncrease the number of participants in South Australia Works learning andwork programs to 25 000 or more per annumIn 2007-08, over 29 000 participants were engaged in South Australia Worksprograms, with over 8 500 gaining employment.Maintain the number of Aboriginal apprentices in training above 170 with afurther 1 300 participants in South Australia Works for Indigenous people perannumThe total number of Aboriginal apprentices in training peaked at 170. Theapprentices in training contributed to the 1 688 Aboriginal people in South AustraliaWorks programs.Increase the proportion of employment outcomes for the total number ofparticipants in South Australia Works from 28 per cent in June 2006 to 33 percentIn 2008, 49 per cent of participants in work programs gained employment.Increase the proportion of employment outcomes in South Australia Works formature-aged people from 30 per cent in June 2006 to 44 per centIn 2008, 44 per cent of participants in work programs gained employment.Increase in the proportion of employment outcomes in South Australia Worksfor Indigenous people from 29 percent in June 2006 to 41 percentIn 2008, 48 per cent of Aboriginal participants in work programs gainedemployment.Increase the proportion of employment outcomes in South Australia Works forLabour Market Adjustment Program from 65 per cent in June 2006 to 67percentWorkers retrenched from organisations facing closure or restructure are providedwith training and employment assistance on demand. Fifty eight per cent ofparticipants of the Labour Market Adjustment Program gained employment.Increase the proportion of work outcomes for South Australia Works in theRegions from34 percent in 2006 to 41 percentFifty one per cent of participants in South Australia Works in the Regions projectsgained employment. $8.6 million was provided to assist over 6 780 participants inSouth Australia Works in the Regions projects, with a total of 3 463 employmentoutcomes achieved. 40
  39. 39. 2.1 Provide access to high quality employment (Links to SASP T1.10 T1.11 T1.12 and T1.26South Australia Works links people to skills and jobs by: Working in partnership with industry, the three tiers of government, education and training providers, regional organisations and the community, the South Australia Works initiative focuses on eight priority areas - young people, mature-aged people, Aboriginal people, public sector, industry, regions, communities and skills development addressing the needs of individuals who face barriers to participating effectively in their communities and the paid workforce by providing learning, skills development, training and employment opportunities.Expenditure on South Australia Works learning, training and work programs was$33.08 million in 2007-08 including $4.7 million of Australian Government funds andother State Government agencies.South Australia Works in the Regions assisted over 8 000 people in the regions withover 3 140 gaining employment. People from a range of target groups includingyoung, Aboriginal and mature aged people were assisted through 220 SouthAustralia Works in the Regions projects.South Australia Works for Mature Aged People continued to develop earlyintervention strategies by providing training, up skilling and employment programsfor people 40 years and over. A total of 3 780 mature-aged people participated inwork programs and 1 659 gained employment.South Australia Works with Industry identified new employment and trainingpossibilities, helped people to develop the skills required by a changing anddynamic economy, and assisted in meeting current and emerging workforce needs.A total of 4 970 people participated in industry programs, with 2 546 gainingemployment.South Australia Works programs provided opportunities for Aboriginal people toparticipate in learning, training and employment across the private and publicsectors. In 2007-08: South Australia Works programs involved 1 688 Aboriginal people and 806 gained employment an additional 517 Aboriginal people undertook accredited or non accredited training at the Tauondi Aboriginal College The South Australia Works Aboriginal Apprenticeship Program supported 150 apprentices, and 55 new apprentices commenced an apprenticeship Sixty Aboriginal people gained a public sector traineeship, cadetship or apprenticeship via the South Australia Works CareerStart SA program.The TAFE SA Mechanical Engineering and Transport Program, in partnership withCavPower and Wilpena Pty Ltd, signed an agreement with the intention to supportthe employment of 350 retrenched Mitsubishi and Electrolux workers over a fiveyear period. This agreement provides an accelerated adult apprenticeship programas well as on the job training with host employers over a five year period. The 41
  40. 40. program will see participants complete a Certificate III in Automotive MechanicalTechnology (specialising in Heavy Vehicle Mobile Equipment suited to the miningindustry).TAFE SA Veterinary and Applied Science Centre continues to have a high level ofcredibility with the industry that it services. The Centre works closely withenterprises to ensure the skills of graduates are of a high calibre and meet the needsof the employers. Over 85 per cent of students within the program obtainemployment within the industry.In a collaborative working relationship between TAFE SA and Thiess Australia, theCaterpillar Rigid Dump Truck driving simulator was located at the Port AugustaCampus for the delivery of industry required skills training. The simulator was loanedto TAFE SA for the re-training of 53 farmers from drought affected areas into skillsshortage areas. In addition, a further 21 people accessed the training throughEmployment Agencies and private funding.A Safety Training Centre was opened in Whyalla in August 2008. The Centre is acollaborative venture between TAFE SA and OneSteel to offer critical safety trainingwhich has been tailored to suit the requirements of industry. The training isstructured using the expertise and knowledge of OneSteel personnel with TAFE SAdelivering training.A joint initiative of the Australian and State Governments, the Labour MarketAdjustment Initiative is a responsive, demand driven program which providesassistance to retrenched workers. Workers retrenched from nine companiesreceived job search assistance, career counselling and case management,recognition of prior learning and training and skill development activities. Ninehundred retrenched workers accessed training and employment services, with 520individuals gaining employment.2.2 Increase and improve workforce participation in learning and work (links to SASP T1.12, T6.20 and T6.21)The Inter-Ministerial Committee on Aboriginal Workforce Development continued itswork on increasing Indigenous participation in education and employment in orderto provide widespread economic and social benefits for communities. TheCommittee is chaired by the Minister for Employment, Training and FurtherEducation.TAFE SA continued its relationships with both SA Water and Wyndham RichardsonInvestments Pty Ltd to secure funding for scholarships for TAFE SA students.SA Water provided scholarships for students of the Certificate IV and Diploma ofEnglish Proficiency. A total of 10 scholarships valued at $1 000 each were awardedduring 2008.Wyndham Richardson Investments Pty Ltd provided scholarships for students whostudied full time in any Certificate IV or higher level qualification. Ten scholarships,valued at $1 000 each were awarded in 2008.The Women’s Employment Participation Initiative, led by DFEEST in conjunctionwith the Office for Women and SafeworkSA, has identified specific opportunities for 42
  41. 41. increasing the participation of women in employment and is gathering broadindustry support through the Premier’s Council for Women’s Economic Statusroundtable series.2.3 Foster career development (Links to SASP T6.15 and T6.19)Career Development Services were established in Northern Adelaide, Adelaide Hills,Port Augusta and Whyalla, complementing the Career Development Servicesalready established in Mt Gambier and Murray Bridge. The Northern AdelaideCentre is a partnership between the Department of Education, Employment andWorkplace Relations (DEEWR) and DFEEST.Industry Skills Boards have developed a range of career information materials thatare being used to link with Trade Schools for the Future, Future SACE and otheragencies. These materials provide up to date information on specific industrysectors, linking business users and the general public to a variety of information andresources. School students can access these materials to complete their personallearning plans and make decisions about their futures. These materials are availableon DFEEST’s Workforce Information Service website:www.workforceinfoservice.sa.gov.auOver 400 young people who were at risk of leaving school before completing Year12 or engaging in education and/or employment have received individualisedsupport through the Youth Pathways Program. A case management model wasused to successfully retain them within the school sector or engage them in a TAFESA course or a mix of school and TAFE studies.TAFE SA Community Services and Health program developed a partnership with theUniversity of South Australia for joint delivery of the Graduate Certificate inEducation, specialising in Career Development.The program also delivered the Certificate IV in Career Development to 75participants in the Riverland region. This was the first delivery of this qualification inAustralia and participants came from Commonwealth Career’s Advice Australiaagencies as well as the South Australian and Northern Territory school sector.Training was also delivered in the Australia Careers Development Studies to morethan 150 teachers and school counsellors in DECS, the Independent SchoolsAssociation and Catholic Education.2.4 Provide high quality workforce development services to industry and the community (Links to SASP T1.10, T1.11, T1.12 and T 1.26)A high level report on skills and workforce development in South Australia wasproduced by Dr Michael Keating from the Economic Development Board with thesupport of DFEEST and the Department of Trade and Economic Development(DTED). The Review of Skills and Workforce Development in South Australia: theChallenge for the Next Decade found that based on economic forecasts, at the timeof writing the report, an estimated 133 000 additional workers will be required 43
  42. 42. between now and 2017-18 with a further 20 000 workers needed to replace peopleleaving the workforce.Some actions in response to these issues include: Productivity Places Program For Existing Workers – a four year program assisting workers already in the labour force to update or upgrade existing skills Productivity Places Program For Job Seekers – assisting those looking for work to acquire skills and gain lasting employment Productivity Places Program For Structural Adjustment - the Structural Adjustment places are being made available to support displaced workers in the automotive and manufacturing industries as part of structural adjustment processes. These workers will be eligible for significant retraining opportunities to meet skills in demand in growing sectors of the economy Industry Partnerships Program Specific Purpose Workforce Development and Training initiatives will also be funded through the Industry Partnerships Program (IPP). IPP is a $2 million program with matching funding sought from industry on a project by project basis. In collaboration with the South Australian Industry Skills Boards, strategic training and workforce development projects will be developed that recruit, retrain and retain unemployed and under employed people in South Australia Delivery commenced in the Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Rural and Remote Health stream) aimed at up-skilling and addressing the need for specialist skills amongst regional health workers Local links in the industry and community ensure TAFE SA is engaged to provide high quality workforce development services to both industry and the community. Outcomes for 2008 include: - the establishment of a Trade Training Centre based at TAFE SA Port Pirie Campus, involving four schools from Port Pire, Gladstone, Jamestown and Peterborough - increased industry pathways developed between Southern Flinders Ranges Regional Development Board, John Pirie Secondary School and TAFE SA Port Pirie Campus as a conduit into employment - several Alternative Learning Option Programs (ALOP) established across the State - Learn2Earn programs operating on a number of Campuses increased employability outcomes for students. As at June 2008, approximately 3 500 apprentices and trainees were employed by 16 group training organisations funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments through the Joint Group Training Program. These organisations received $2.25 million collectively to support commencement, retention and completion of apprenticeships and traineeships.The Department operates an information service to promote traineeships andapprenticeships and provide information and advice to trainees, apprentices, their 44
  43. 43. employers, and the broader community. An average of 445 enquiries are handledeach week.The Workforce Development Showcase is available on DFEESTs WorkforceInformation Service Online www.workforceinfoservice.sa.gov.au. It provides arange of practical industry level tools and resources that may assist industries andbusinesses to develop their workforce to better match their business directions. Theshowcase displays six themes: career information; up skilling of workers; skillsrecognition; current and future workforce issues and planning; training linkages andmethodologies; and attraction and retention of workers.2.5 Improve workforce planning and information (Links to SASP T1.10, T1.11, T1.11 and T1.26)A new Training and Skills Commission was established in September 2008. TheCommission commenced the process in 2008 of consulting with industry,businesses and communities on the drafting of a comprehensive Five Year Plan forSkills and Workforce Development. The Plan will identify the type and quantity ofskills that are needed from industry’s perspective and outline clear priorities andstrategies to meet training and employment goals.The Workforce Policy Development Executive formed in 2008 to bring together theleadership of all relevant policy units of DFEEST and the Office of the Training andSkills Commission. It ensures a coordinated and connected approach to workforceplanning and policy activities and builds a more focussed and collaborativerelationships with external stakeholders on policy and workforce developmentissues.The Workforce Planning and Policy directorate supports the State’s workforceplanning system by developing and promoting well researched, fully consultedpolicy positions and strategy options which will enhance South Australia’s efforts tobuild its workforce capacity.Workforce Planning and Policy supports the Training and Skills Commission,Government, industry and the community including education and training providersin developing South Australia’s workforce. The directorate provides the Minister forEmployment, Training and Further Education with high quality and timely analysis ona range of workforce and industry matters.Workforce Planning and Policy promotes a common understanding of the WorkforcePlanning System through a network of agencies by refining the analytical processesused and providing tools and resources to assist industry in developing workforceplans to ensure South Australians have the education and skills needed byemployers to drive a higher skilled economy. This is achieved through skills andworkforce demand assessments, industry and regional profiles and through industrypartnerships specifically with the nine Industry Skills Boards, the Defence TeamingCentre and the Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance.The Directorate facilitates the development of Industry Workforce Action Plans in sixpriority areas including Agriculture, Advanced Manufacturing, Construction,Defence, Health and Community Services (including Correctional Services) andResources (Minerals). 45
  44. 44. Workforce Planning and Policy is responsible for the ongoing development andmaintenance of WIS (Workforce Information System) Onlinehttp://www.workforceinfoservoce.sa.gov.au/ – a widely used (locally, interstate andinternationally) web based tool that strives to provide high quality information acrossfive areas of content – workforce and industry information, strategy information,e-alert, and downloadable resources/tools. 46
  45. 45. Goal 3 Ensure young people are supported in reaching their full potential and actively engaged in learning, training, work and in their communitiesResults to be achieved by 2010 and how DFEEST is trackingIncrease the proportion of employment outcomes in South Australia Works foryoung people from 41 per cent in June 2006 to 46 per centIn 2008, 50 per cent of young people in work programs gained employment.Increase by 31 percent the number of young people in public sectortraineeships, apprenticeships and cadetships from 520 at June 2007 to 680participantsAnnual targets of approximately 600 per annum were set to ensure an accumulativetotal of 1 950 over three years. A total of 437 public sector traineeships,apprenticeships and cadetships were achieved. Of these, 383 were young people.In addition, 54 young people gained a traineeship, apprenticeship, cadetship with anot-for-profit community sector organisation.The Government’s Skills Recruitment Strategy, ‘CareerStart SA’ and the SkillsRegister programs facilitated a workforce planning approach to the recruitment oftrainees, apprentices and cadets across public sector agencies. State Governmentdepartments developed an annual Skills Recruitment Plan which guided the activityof the CareerStart SA program.Maintain the number of young people volunteering in their local communitiesthrough youth programs at 4 200 volunteersAs at 30 June 2008, 4 396 young people had volunteered in their local communitythrough youth programs; an increase of 33 per cent from 2007.Maintain the minimum level of Office for Youth grant funding to supportinitiatives which engage disadvantaged young people at 30 per centAs at 30 June 2008, 61 per cent of funding was directed to disadvantaged groups.Increase the number of young people involved in government and communitydecision-making processes from 1 400 in 2007-08 to 2 000As at 30 June 2008, 2 835 young people were involved in government andcommunity decision making processes. One thousand of these were involved in thestate-wide youth consultations for the development of YouthCONNECT.3.1 Ensure South Australians aged 15 to 24 have the skills and opportunities to make successful transitions from school or unemployment to education, training or work (Links to SASP T6.15, T6.19, T6.20 and T6.21)TAFE SA delivers a range of programs for young people to increase and enhancelearning and pathways into employment. 47
  46. 46. Ongoing programs delivered included TAFEstart, apprentice and traineeshipprograms and Alternative Learning Options Program (ALOP). TAFE SA continues toprovide students with learning support, counselling and information services toenable young people to be well informed.During 2008, TAFE SA attended approximately 80 career events, includingparent/teacher evenings and school presentations. TAFE SA publications and careerguides were developed specifically for use in schools.Growth in the number of South Australians entering apprenticeships andtraineeships continues to be strong, recording an 8.3 per cent rise incommencements, above the national rise of 6.9 per cent. Traditionalapprenticeships during 2008 totalled 12 900.TAFEstart targets young people who have left school before completing year 12studies, to re-engage them in learning and expand their career and study options toenable successful transition to training and or employment.South Australia Works assisted 8 060 young people by providing them with the skillsand opportunities to move successfully from school, further education and trainingor unemployment into work, with 4 003 gaining employment.Youth Conservation Corps projects provided 250 young people with practical workexperience on a range of conservation projects, with 150 gaining employment.Learn2Earn provided training to 75 disadvantaged young people and 22 gainedemployment.Four hundred and twenty two school aged students participated in two SocialInclusion Initiative programs, the ALOP and Adult Community Education YouthWorks Program, with 261 young people returning to school, and 21 proceeding ontofurther training.The South Australian Government Traineeship and Apprenticeship Skills Registerprovided support to 326 young people who had completed a traineeship with 47gaining an ongoing government employment placement through the register.3.2 Ensure many more young people are engaged in political and civic life in their communitiesYOUTH PARLIAMENTThe thirteenth Office for Youth, Youth Parliament, involving 72 young people fromacross South Australia, was held in Parliament House during September/October2008.YouthCONNECTThe Office for Youth is developing YouthCONNECT, a new policy framework forSouth Australia that will replace the Youth Action Plan 2005-07. YouthCONNECT willfoster a collaborative approach between young people, government and thecommunity to address issues facing young South Australians. 48