Support Queenslanders to skill and re-skill for the changing world

Through planned investment of $768.9 million under the 2017–18 Annual VET Investment Plan, the government continued to support Queenslanders to develop skills to access available jobs, develop their careers and be competitive in a changing job market.

Key features of the plan leveraged our ongoing market strengths and included demand-driven training arrangements underpinned by a network of pre-qualified suppliers (PQS) and published subsidy levels for all subsidised qualifications and skill sets aligned to industry identified skills needs.

By providing access to quality, supportive and affordable vocational education and training (VET) through a range of programs and initiatives, the government has continued to build the skills that help shape the lives of Queenslanders, and lay the foundations for a prosperous economic future.

Engage with community and key agencies to identify skilling needs, inform training investment and direct resources

Ongoing engagement with industry and a formal network of industry advisors remained critical to the identification and prioritisation of the skilling needs for Queensland industry, employers and individuals.

In partnership with VET Industry Advisory Organisations, we gathered industry advice on a range of issues underpinning operational effectiveness and suitability of current VET investment programs in Queensland.

To inform VET investment planning, Jobs Queensland continued to provide independent strategic advice on anticipated skills demand, future workforce planning and development, and the apprenticeship and traineeship system in Queensland.

The Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) initiative is a $420 million investment over 6 years to support up to 54,000 disadvantaged Queenslanders into work. Training that improves an individual's skill level, employment prospects and social inclusion is a priority under the initiative. To ensure that skilling needs are identified and supported through the initiative, Regional Priority Jobs Committees and the Local Government Association of Queensland continue to play a critical role in ensuring funding is aligned to local employment opportunities.

Key achievements in 2017–2018

  • Allocated $498.7 million of the 2017–18 VET Investment Plan to training places for students, supporting pathways to employment or career progression under the key investment programs: User Choice, Certificate 3 Guarantee and Higher Level Skills. An additional $209.7 million of funding was provided in public provider grants supported public training providers to deliver quality training to students in the contestable training market.
  • Assisted private sector employers through $1.88 million in funding to employ 188 former SQW participants as trainees or apprentices.
  • Invested over $64 million for 352 community-driven projects to develop skills and provide training and job opportunities to approximately 12,000 vulnerable Queenslanders.
  • Created 88 full-time traineeship opportunities and 12 months of employment with community-based organisations through a $1.76 million investment.
  • Invested $4.25 million for 340 full-time traineeship opportunities and 12 months of employment with 61 local councils and one statutory authority.
  • Commenced planning for the delivery of the $85 million Advancing our Training Infrastructure initiative to refresh and renew priority TAFE sites across Queensland.
  • Introduced the Regional Skills Investment Strategy – a $9 million, four-year initiative that supports selected regions to identify current and emerging jobs and design tailored training solutions to ensure a supply of skilled local people to meet skills demand.
  • Committed $2.92 million to support the VET Industry Advisory Organisations network, to ensure the Government's investment in VET is meeting industry's immediate skilling needs. This work complemented the role of Jobs Queensland in advising Government on anticipated and future skills demands.
  • Provided more than $3.25 million to Queensland group training organisations to increase employment opportunities for apprentices through the Queensland Group Training program.
  • Increased the core training requirement on all major government and government owned corporation building and or civil construction projects with a contract sum of over $100 million (including GST) from 10% to 15% of the total labour hours to be undertaken by apprentices and or trainees and other workforce training.

Case study

Work skills traineeship


Respond to environmental and economic issues by directing training investment to support industry and community recovery

In 2017–18, the level of VET investment for different industry sectors continued to be influenced by a range of factors including government priorities; professional, regulatory or industrial relations requirements; established recruitment preferences of industry; and the relevance of training pathways to occupations in the sector.

Additionally, through targeted regional community-based interventions, the government continued to support communities to self-determine their industry focus and collaborate to identify local training solutions.

Key achievements in 2017–2018

  • Introduced the Regional Skills Adjustment Strategy – $10 million 2-year initiative for TAFE Queensland to increase training opportunities in specific regions and industry sectors facing economic uncertainty.
  • Partnered with industry to support the growth of skills required for employment and career development in priority industries for Queensland such as:
  • Invested $2.36 million in 6 projects that helped communities to clean-up and rebuild following ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie. These funded projects provided 115 job opportunities in affected communities.

Case study

National Disability Insurance Scheme


Evolve capability in data analytics to forecast and model training and skilling priorities

Data analytics has provided an evidence base to inform the government's training and skills development investment decisions, evaluate performance outcomes, and improve our understanding of the training and skills market. Forecasting and modelling complemented and supported our engagement with industry and communities to identify skilling needs, inform training investment and direct resources.

Key achievements in 2017–2018

  • Completed an analysis of course costs for qualifications subsidised by the Queensland Government to inform future planning.
  • Completed and implemented an annual forecast of training commencements to inform budget planning and management for training and skills delivery.
  • Implemented an Investment Support Forecast to assist in understanding and recasting the anticipated VET expenditure across the forward estimates period.

Performance of the Queensland VET sector

Queensland is leading the nation in new apprenticeship and traineeship commencements. Across 2017-18 Queensland saw growth in apprenticeship and traineeships, with 23,900 new apprenticeships, an increase of 5.6% compared to 2016-17 and 16,900 new traineeships, an increase of 9%. This growth was especially pronounced in commencements by Indigenous trainees, which increased by 11.9% to 2400 and continued a pattern of increases since 2014-15.

Despite overall publicly-funded VET participation in Queensland being stable in 2017-18 compared to the previous year, the number of Indigenous VET students increased by 7.2% to 19,700, the highest number of Indigenous students in the last 5 years. Correspondingly, 8,100 VET qualifications were achieved by Indigenous students in 2017-18, again the highest number in recent years and a 9% increase compared to 2016-17.

A reported 88.2% of surveyed VET graduates in Queensland said they were satisfied with the quality of their government-funded training in 2017, the highest rate in recent years and 2.9 percentage point increase relative to 2016. The proportion of these graduates who also reported they were in work or further study was 82.9%, a small increase since 2016, and though the corresponding rate for Indigenous graduates was lower at 72.5% this outcome gap, 10.4 percentage points, has narrowed significantly since the 19.6% difference reported in 2015.


Engage consumers to better inform them about their skilling and training options

During 2017–18 the department continued its commitment to helping Queenslanders make informed decisions about the skilling and training options to support them to participate and prosper in the economy.

Key achievements in 2017–2018

  • Provided in-market support for regional Queensland consumers and training providers via the state-wide network of the department's regional offices.
  • Continued to provide state-wide online and call centre assistance to support Queenslanders with vocational education and training enquiries.
  • Consulted with VET consumers, employers and influencers to develop a VET Consumer Strategy, a roadmap to work and engage with consumers to promote the importance of VET.

Set clear expectations for providers through the Queensland Vocational Education and Training Quality Framework

Through the Queensland VET Quality Framework, the department has consolidated Queensland's comprehensive and systematic approach to achieving quality from state-funded VET and formed a mutual reference point and basis for continuous improvement.

Key achievements in 2017–2018

  • Continued to strengthen oversight of pre-qualified suppliers (PQS) entry requirements and performance, undertaking market performance reviews on an ongoing basis and assigning dedicated Contract Managers to further support quality outcomes.
  • In partnership with the Queensland Training Ombudsman and the Australian Skills Quality Authority, investigated complaints about training delivered in Queensland.
  • Further enhanced the risk-based approach to auditing and built audit capacity and capability, resulting in more efficient audit processes.
  • Provided updated Statement of Expectations to TAFE Queensland and Central Queensland University to reinforce the Queensland Government's focus on creating jobs in a strong economy.

Case study

Apprentice of the Year on path to success

Last updated 22 March 2019

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