Commitment to Restoring Confidence in Training Welcomed by Industry
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) welcomes the Commonwealth Government commitment to $1.75 billion over the next five years to further ongoing reforms to the national training system.
The Federal Government’s commitment to improving the quality of vocational education and training delivery is welcomed by business and industry.
CCIQ President, Mr David Goodwin believes that restoring the business community’s confidence in the quality and consistency of training will be a critical factor in increasing training investment and tackling skills shortages.
“Businesses in Queensland are doing it tough. Now, more than ever, they need to be confident that their training dollars will lead to improved productivity and a strong return on investment.”
The CCIQ Right People at the Right Time Blueprint for Queensland’s Education and Training System identified that the most common types of training provided by employers do not lead to formal qualifications for employees and do not attract government funding.
The level on non-accredited training indicates that the training system is failing to meet the needs of business; that the accessibility and business awareness of training options is lacking; and/or that business confidence in training quality and consistency is low.
In its Big 3 for Business Election Report CCIQ recommended that the next State Government build on the current reform agenda and deliver the necessary policy frameworks to drive skills development and greater participation in education and training by all Queenslanders.
Addressing the quality and accessibility will be a critical component of these reforms and in improving business investment in skilling Queensland’s workforce.
Mr Goodwin stated that CCIQ are committed to working with the elected State Government to ensure that the soon-to-be-negotiated national agreement on skills will deliver an efficient education and training system that meets Queensland business skills needs.