The Minerals Council of Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Productivity Commission's review of the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development.
The minerals industry supports an education vision that emphasises a mix of competencies and research learning, delivered through a range of institutional pathways; a mix of university, TAFE and private training delivered as full courses, component parts or micro-credentials - and a range of delivery means - direct and online.
This is consistent with the objectives of the NASWD and the August 2019 Council of Australian Governments shared vision for:
Vocational Education and Training that delivers high quality education and training that helps all Australians, and meets the needs of students and employers.
Delivering a flexible, functional and fluid tertiary education system at the post-secondary VET and higher education level is critical to meeting the skills needed of the sector and industries more broadly; especially as specialist skills associated with innovation and technology adoption increases.
It is important to cultivate broad funding, policy and regulatory settings that support lifelong attainment of relevant, portable and transferable skills.
Ensuring that the national agreement underpinning the system is clear, flexible and reflective of/aligned with contemporary tertiary education policy and practice is critical to the long-term success and sustainability of the system.
Read the full submission: MCA submission to the Productivity Commission NASWD review 20 December 2019.pdf