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Industry driven training gives thousands of workers qualifications

Ministers:

Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations
Leader of the Government in the Senate

Thousands of businesses and individuals are benefitting from training provided through the Australian Government’s $50 million national workforce development initiative, a new report shows.

The report, An Economic Review of the Enterprise Based Productivity Places Program, released today by ACIL Tasman, was commissioned by Australia’s 11 Industry Skills Councils and assesses the first year of the Government’s Enterprise Based Productivity Places Program (EBPPP).

The report highlights the benefits of industry driven training for both employees and employers, as well as the broader economy.

“The report shows the success of partnerships with industry, where industry drives the training that is delivered and Government and industry share the cost,” Senator Evans said.

“Almost half the 13,715 people who have enrolled in training under the program work in a small business and almost all of them – more than 13,000 – have either completed a qualification or are continuing their training.

“More than 2,900 businesses have engaged in the EBPPP and supported their employees to achieve the qualifications the business needs to meet workforce demand.

“Those employees have received formal recognition of the skills they have learnt on the job.”

The EBPPP, co-funded by industry, targets occupations that are in demand in all sectors of the economy, helping employees increase their skills and gain further qualifications.

The involvement of Industry Skills Councils has contributed to the program’s success by helping enterprises apply for funding and providing independent, expert advice on qualifications, skill needs and workforce planning.

The Government made a significant investment in industry driven training in the 2011-12 Budget through the $3 billion Building Australia’s Future Workforce package – one of the largest training packages in Australia’s history.

The ACIL Tasman report is available at www.isc.org.au