The New South Wales (NSW) Skills Board advises the NSW government on how best to meet the states skills and training needs.
Nous undertook a first-year review of Smart and Skilled, which provides contestable funding for courses on the NSW Skills List – a list of the VET qualifications most needed in the NSW economy. The NSW Skills Board sought advice on the achievement of the NSW Government’s VET reform objectives and recommendations on potential changes.
Through extensive stakeholder interviews, focus groups and surveys we assessed the effectiveness, adequacy and impact of the application and assessment process used to approve providers to deliver Smart and Skilled training. We also examined how broad policy settings of the reforms have impacted outcomes, through the analysis of complex data sets of observed market behaviour.
We consequently made recommendations relating to arrangements for:
The recommendations sought to ensure that Smart and Skilled can deliver on the objectives set by the NSW government. Recognising that reforms need to be carefully managed, we recommended staging implementation over three phases, with provision for pilots and reviews to ensure effective market stewardship.
Nous provided recommendations to the NSW Skills Board which are already having a positive impact on the VET market in NSW.