Up to $50,000 is available for RTO to use e-learning technologies to enhance learning opportunities, and develop expertise in preparation for the rollout of the NBN.
The E-learning for Participation and Skills business activity is newly established for 2012/13 and has been allocated $4.2 million (ex GST) to be utilised across the areas of pre-vocational, vocational and pathways to higher qualifications training.
It will provide opportunities for learners, including disadvantaged learners, to gain access to pre-vocational training, training for critical skills needs (informed by jurisdictional and national priorities) and/or pathways to higher qualifications to increase workforce participation.
The focus of this activity will be projects which use e-learning technologies, including innovative technologies that use high speed broadband (where appropriate1) to enhance learning opportunities, and develop expertise in preparation for the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Projects funded under this business activity will highlight the benefits of e-learning for achieving accessible vocational education and training. While it is recognised that some content development will be necessary (subject to the Business Activity Manager approval), the focus of projects is engagement and delivery, and not the development of new content.
The E-Learning for Participation and Skills business activity will be implemented through a three-pronged approach with opportunities to be developed around one of the following streams:
This stream will provide support to those learners currently excluded or marginally attached to work and learning; to gain access to training and skills needed to participate in meaningful and sustainable work.
This stream will develop and conduct e-learning projects/strategies to improve access to recognised training in priority training areas, such as critical skills and specialist occupations; to maximise workforce participation and meet current and future skills needs.
Pathways to higher qualifications
This stream will develop e-learning approaches which support learner pathway programs which lead to Cert IV or higher VET qualifications, recognition for Cert IV level to higher skill sets, entry into higher education and / or enable workforce development initiatives at Cert IV level or higher.
Each of the three streams of the business activity seeks applications for funding of between $25,000 and $50,000 (exclusive GST) for projects with a clear co-investment contribution demonstrated by the applicant.
The key objective of this activity is to use innovative e-learning technologies, including those using high-speed broadband (where appropriate)to deliver e-learning projects and strategies which improve individuals’ access to gain pre-vocational skills, skills in priority employment areas and/or to pursue educational pathways to gain higher qualifications.
The outputs of the E-learning for Participation and Skills business activity should include, but not be limited to:
- Projects utilising suitable e-learning technologies and high-speed broadband (where appropriate), that address at least one of:
- pre-vocational training
- vocational training
- pathways to higher qualifications
- Projects that inform future models and strategies for national delivery, providing evidence of the effectiveness of the national Strategy
- Projects that develop expertise in preparation for the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
The outcomes for the E-learning for Participation and Skills business activity are:
- improved access and skills attainment through high speed broadband enabled training programs, resulting in improved employment or qualification status;
- growth and enhancement of partnerships to deliver new training solutions utilising broadband-enabled technology;
- State and territory, industry and client support / community organisations’ training needs are equitably supported through innovative e-learning solutions; and
- Increased confidence and skill levels in teachers/trainers to deliver technology enabled training.
Funded Project Outcomes
The outcomes for the E-learning for Participation and Skills funded projects are:
- Pre-vocational training– Increased confidence in the use of e-learning for learners developing their e-literacy, foundation skills and pre-vocational skills
- Vocational training -Improved employment outcomes in critical needs industries as a result of better access to training and skills attainment through e-learning
- Pathways to higher qualifications – Increased number of individuals with a higher level qualification (Cert IV and above) with a view to improved employment outcomes or entry into higher education.
Increased provider capability to develop and deliver e-learning initiatives tailored to the needs and circumstances of learners.
State and Territory Skills Strategies and Training Plans are addressed by e-learning delivered in priority occupational areas.
Projects inform future delivery and/or support models which may be expanded or scaled-up, and the theory applied nationally.
Each of the three streams seeks applications for funding of between $25,000 and $50,000 (ex GST) for projects with a clear co-investment contribution demonstrated by the applicant.
Who is eligible to apply?
Applications are sought from Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Partnerships between business, industry and the community are strongly encouraged. The RTO will be the Lead Agent.
All projects funded must:
- include a minimum of ten (10) learners (larger learner cohorts preferred)
- include a co-investment
- provide evidence of consultation and partnership with relevant stakeholders
- deliver nationally recognised/accredited training which may include industry recognised and/or nationally recognised units of (where appropriate)
- support the delivery of training for components of a VET qualification, skills set or accredited program which is on the national register at www.training.gov.au (where appropriate)
- deliver recognised training in priority skills areas using e-learning options. Priority occupational areas will be determined by State and Territory Skills Strategies and (where appropriate)
- take place within the period September 2012 to June 2013
What opportunities are available?
Opportunities to support the adoption of e-learning to increase access to skills and participation in training in 2012/13 are available in the following three areas:
Opportunities exist in the prevocational training stream to develop e-learning approaches which improve the e-literacy, foundation skills and pre-vocational skills of individuals experiencing disadvantage, to increase their participation in training and work and with the aim of these projects informing future models and strategies for national delivery.
Projects may seek to provide support for learners currently excluded or marginally attached to work and learning to gain the skills they need to participate in meaningful and sustainable work.
Projects which use innovative e-learning technologies, including high speed broadband where appropriate; to enhance learner outcomes will be a focus of this stream.
The importance of supported learner pathways and transitions has been highlighted by the National VET Equity Advisory Council (NVEAC)6. Project partnerships between RTOs, communities, support groups and peak bodies are encouraged to provide e-learning solutions to meet the training requirements of their clientele.
The vocational training stream seeks to develop and conduct e-learning projects/strategies which improve access to recognised training for individuals in priority training areas, such as critical skills and specialist occupations to maximise workforce participation and meet current and future industry needs. Priority skills areas will be determined by State and Territory Skills Strategies and Plans.
This stream provides opportunities for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) that may partner with industry, business or community groups, to seek funding for the delivery of training which contributes to achievement of this objective.
Projects which use e-learning technologies, including innovative technologies that use high speed broadband (where appropriate); to enhance learning opportunities will be a focus of this stream, informing future models and strategies for national delivery.