Newcastle Trades Hall Council
Monday 27th July 2015

Silence on Vocational Education and Training Inquiry.



Many NSW residents wouldn’t be aware of the NSW Legislative Council inquiry into vocational education and training in NSW.


This inquiry was established on 3 June 2015, to inquire into and report on vocational education and training in New South Wales. 

This inquiry is to be conducted by the General Purpose Standing Committee No. 6.


The inquiry is calling for submissions from interested person's to form part of a report to Government due on the 17th November 2015.


Hunter Unions Organiser Leigh Shears said:


“Unions in the region are concerned that young workers will not come forward and make a submission. They simply don't know that the Inquiry exists or how the outcomes could help shape their lives.


We are encouraging young learners to make a submission regarding the obstacles to entering and completing study and the success linking there study to full time meaningful employment”. 


We were hoping the Government would be doing more in advertising the inquiry to ensure voices of regional centres like the Hunter are included before the report is delivered on the 17th November 2015”




The Terms of Reference are:


  • the factors influencing student choice about entering the vocational education and training system,


  • the role played by public and private vocational education providers and industry,


  • factors affecting the cost of delivery of affordable and accessible vocational education and training, including the influence of the co-contribution funding model on student behaviour and completion rates,


  • the effects of a competitive training market on student access to education, training, skills and pathways to employment, including opportunities and pathways to further education and employment for the most vulnerable in our community including those suffering a disability or severe disadvantage,


  • the level of industry participation in the vocational education and training sector, including the provision of sustainable employment opportunities for graduates, including Competency Based Training and the application of training packages to workforce requirements,


  • the Smart and Skilled reforms, including: (i) alternatives to the Smart and Skilled contestable training market and other funding policies, (ii) the effects of the Smart and Skilled roll out on school based apprenticeships.


For further information about the inquiry, terms of reference or assistance with making a submission please contact Newcastle Trades Hall Council on 49261177 or alternatively you can forward your submission to 406-408 King St Newcastle West 2302.


In Unity

Leigh Shears
Hunter Unions Organiser

Mob: 0401798002
Ph: 0249291162

Newcastle Trades Hall Council
Hunter Unions Building
Level 1, Suite 1,
406-408 King St,
Newcastle West 2302

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  • commented 2016-08-16 03:54:00 +1000
    Vocational Training that emphasizes skills and knowledge required for a particular job function (such as typing or data entry) or a trade (such as carpentry or welding).