Project explores inclusion of people with disability in VET
The Skills Service Organisation, PWC’s Skills for Australia, is exploring how accessibility and inclusion for people with disability can be improved across vocational education and training.
Funded by the Department of Education and Training, the project began with an environmental scan which found low levels of awareness about disability and its impact; low awareness of available training resources; and poor implementation of accessibility and inclusion in practice. None of this is surprising. The question is how the VET system can rectify the problem.
There are several avenues through which people can provide input to the project. Consultation sessions are being conducted in capital cities in February (see the table below). The sessions begin today in Brisbane. (Unfortunately, notice of the consultation sessions was not received until Friday afternoon.)
People wishing to contribute advice can also fill out a survey or participate in an interview. Details and a contact to ask about the project are contained in this brochure. You can also provide comment directly to NDS at to assist our input to the project.
|Brisbane||5 February 2018||1:30 - 4:30pm local time|
|Darwin||6 February 2018||1:00 - 4:00pm local time|
|Sydney||8 February 2018||9:30am - 12:30pm local time|
|Adelaide||13 February 2018||1:30 - 4:30pm local time|
|Perth||14 February 2018||1:30 - 4:30pm local time|
|Melbourne||16 February 2018||1:30 - 4:30pm local time|
|Hobart||20 February 2018||1:30 - 4:30pm local time|
|Canberra||23 February 2018||9:30am - 12:30pm local time|
Skills Service Organisations support Industry Reference Committees in their work developing and reviewing training packages. The Department of Education and Training funds six Skills Service Organisations.
Qualifications for the community services sector are covered by the Skills Service Organisation, SkillsIQ. It supports the Direct Client Care and Support Industry Reference Committee which includes the disability, aged care and mental health sectors. NDS representative Amanda Calwell-Smith chairs this IRC, and has been recently appointed to the Project Reference Group for the PWC’s Skills for Australia project - Inclusion of People with Disability in VET.