E-learning for Participation and SkillsIn the 2012-2013 financial year the E-learningFor Participation and Skills business activity isseeking co-investment applications for fundingof $25,000-$50,000 (plus GST).It is estimated that approximately 86 projects willbe funded nationally.
ObjectiveThe key objective of this activity is to use innovative e-learning technologies, including those using high-speed broadband (where appropriate) to deliver e-learning projects and strategies which improve individuals’ access to gain pre-vocational skills, skills in priority employment areas and/or to pursue educational pathways to gain higher qualifications.
Project streamsapplications developed around one ormore of the following streams: • Pre-vocational • Vocational • Pathways to higher qualifications
Pre-vocationalTarget:Learners currently excluded or marginally attached towork and learning; allowing them to gain access totraining and skills needed to participate in meaningfuland sustainable work. (Part 2 Guidelines)Refer:The National VET Equity Advisory Councilwww.nveac.natese.gov.auPrevious projects (Partnerships for Participation)http://pfp2012.wikispaces.com/Project+Summaries
VocationalTarget:E-learning projects/strategies to improve access torecognised training in priority training areas, such ascritical skills and specialist occupations; to maximiseworkforce participation and meet current and future skillsneeds.. (Part 2 of the Guidelines)Refer:Skills Australia Skilled Occupation List can be found at:www.immi.gov.au/skilled/sol/Previous projects (Access to Skills)http://accesstoskills.wikispaces.com
Pathways to Higher QualificationsTarget:Develop e-learning approaches which support learner pathwayprograms which lead to Cert IV or higher VET qualifications,recognition for Cert IV level to higher skill sets, entry into highereducation and / or enable workforce development initiatives at CertIV level or higher. (Part 2 Guidelines)E-portfolios had a strong presence in the last round of projects, e.g.Mahara, PebblePadRefer:Previous projects (Pathways to Higher Qualifications)http://participationandskills.wikispaces.com/Recent+Strategy+projects
Focus of all projects•Delivery and engagement not creating new content. Re-use and repurposing existing material encouraged.•NBN or high speed broadband (where appropriate) egInnovative E-learning practices may be a substitute wherehigh speed broadband not available.•Partnerships encouraged•Meet state and territory training priorities
Applications•Open 10 July 2012•Close midnight AEST 15 August 2012•Applications submitted onlinehttp://www.participationandskills.net.au•Funding between $25,000 and $50,000 (exc GST)for projects plus co-investment•Submitted by RTO-Lead Agent
Milestones DateFunding opportunities promoted 10 July 2012Online applications close 15 August 2012Advice to successful applicants 7 September 2012Induction events held in jurisdictions 10-14 SeptemberProject contracts completed 17 SeptemberMonthly online meetings and wiki updates Oct 2012-May 2013Collect and collate baseline data from projects November 2012Business Manager monitors or visits project teams Feb and March 2013Participation in end of project National Showcase 24 May 2013 (TBC)Melbourne
E-learning Co-ordinatorsBefore submitting your application:Read the E-learning for Participation and Skills GuidelinesDiscuss your idea with your E-learning Co-ordinatorLink to News & State Contacts page on Flexible Learning site:http://www.flexiblelearning.net.au/content/news/state_contacts.htm
More informationOnline application www.participationandskills.net.auLook for the information icon which links to theproject wikispace.Here you will find:•Frequently asked questions•Guidelines•Useful contacts•National and Jurisdictional websites outlining prioritytraining areas.
Victorian Training PrioritiesHigher Education and Skills department in Victoria have apriorities that should be considered when making yourapplication:•the skills that are in short supply•the Victorian training market•industry training market trends•regional training market trendshttp://www.skills.vic.gov.au/Pages/skills-and-jobs-outlook/default.aspx
Skills Shortages•Managers and Administrators•Professionals•Technicians and Trades Workers•Community and Personal Service Workers•Clerical and Administrative Workers•Machinery Operators and Drivers•Labourers
Victorian Training Market ReportsThese quarterly reports present an analysis of activity inVictoria’s vocational education and training system. Theyprovide detail about:•how many people are in government funded training•what they are training in•where they are accessing training•whether training provision is responding to employer’s skillneeds.
Industry Training Market TrendsEach of the 19 industry training profiles examines the following areas:•Economic context including employment, economic output andbusiness base; and current workforce breakdown by age group andqualification level•Summary of training challenges gleaned from industry intelligenceincluding structural changes and areas of skills shortage•Overview of training performance 2011 compared to 2010, including adashboard of key measures•Training breakdown of significant trends in specific occupations,qualifications or the demographic profile of students
Regional Training Market TrendsMany of Victoria’s regions are undergoing structural changeas the local economies adjust to international competition,a strong Australian dollar and ongoing uncertainty in theglobal economic outlook.As a result, training delivery and uptake differs acrossregions as the training system responds to the skills andtraining needs of local employers and industry.