Victoria is leading the nation in its commitment to providing high quality training.
Under Skills First, the substantial Government funding available under the contestable system is better managed though a stronger approach to contracts and compliance.
New measures were introduced, including a quality assessment for training providers and rigorous new training contracts with improved accountability requirements, guaranteeing value for money in taxpayer-funded training.
Skills First funding contracts with training providers are better aligned to workforce needs. They also include:
- Penalties that can be applied to providers who fail to properly assess every student's suitability for their course.
- The ability to publish results of student and employer satisfaction surveys.
- New requirements to improve the quality of online and workplace-based training.
- Requirements that training providers using brokers must disclose brokering arrangements on their websites.
The Skills First 2018-19 VET Funding Contract offers have been made to training providers to deliver Victorian Government funded training under Skills First.
The successful training providers have been selected for Contract offer following a rigorous and fair selection process where providers were evaluated against published evaluation criteria.
Training providers were required to have a demonstrated record of quality training delivery, together with 2018 Program Delivery Plans aligned with industry needs and the priorities of government.
Whilst Skills First 2017 VET Funding Contracts were only for one year, the new Contracts offered to successful applicants are of two years duration, covering 2018 and 2019 calendar years.
Registered training providers who have not been awarded a Skills First 2018-19 VET Funding Contract can still offer fee for service training in Victoria, or find other sources of funding. A Victorian Government-funded training contract is just one source of funding for Training Providers.
Students who currently study with a training provider that received government funding in 2016 and/or 2017, but has not been awarded a 2018-19 contract, can continue to train with their existing provider until they have finished their qualification.
Skills First is leading the nation in ensuring quality in vocational and educational training and helping make Victoria - the Education State.
The Department has published a Fact Sheet outlining the Skills First 2018-19 application and allocation process, see:
Skills First 2018-19 Provider Selection Process Fact Sheet.
For more information on the Provider Selection Process for Skills First 2018-19 Funding Contracts, see the: Applying for a VET Funding Contract page on the Department's website.
For more information and resources on Skills First, see:
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