Final Report of the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce | 6 November 2012
The proposed functions of the Skills Commission would be to:
Provide skills and workforce policy advice and recommendations to the Minister and Government, including strategic skills policy leadership and engagement at state and national levels.
- Re-evaluate and improve the information brokerage arrangements of the Industry Skills Bodies Network and ensure their activities align with an industry driven training market.
- Gather, elicit and synthesise industry intelligence through multiple sources such as expert research, local communities and industry skills bodies. Map the current and emerging vocational education and training priorities of industry and employers, and their ranking, within and across all sectors of the Queensland economy.
- Monitor labour market and training system trends, determine appropriate subsidy levels and develop consistent system performance data.
- Manage and coordinate labour market research.
- Develop rolling three-year strategic training and employment investment plans to address those skilling priorities, informed by industry, and as directed by the Skills Commission Board in accordance with the policies of Government and a demand driven training system.
- Determine relative training investment allocations for those priorities, and purchase from, and monitor performance of, VET providers accordingly.
- Monitor, analyse and report on training and skilling outcomes achieved, and proactively develop interventions to mitigate emerging risks and failures.
- Direct and/or manage and invest all training and employment funds of government for effective skilling outcomes for industry and individuals, with a focus on employment and economic priorities in a cost-effective and accountable context.
- Establish effective industry-engagement relationships and arrangements with all segments of industry including small and medium enterprises consistent with these functions.
- Progressively leverage wider industry co-investment in and/or ownership of the training system.
- Broker industry take-up of more hands-on involvement in the training system (e.g., at RTO Board level) in hosting trainers for industry currency and professional development, participation in training delivery either by industry personnel or use of industry facilities, etc.
- Conduct bi-annual skills forums open to all industry and employer groups to develop a unified view on the Queensland economy’s skills needs.
- Provide annual reports to the Minister and Government on outcomes achieved, emergent barriers and policy considerations, and future priorities and opportunities to inform wider policy considerations of Government.
- Implement any other approved recommendations of the Skills and Training Taskforce as directed by the Minister.