Step 1: Understanding the requirements
It's been a long time in the making - over two years - but now it's here what do we know about Smart and Skilled?
A few easy to grasp facts are:
- It provides subsidised training for eligible participants in NSW
- There is a one year funding period
- Success in obtaining future contracts will be dependent on performance in 2015
- It is complicated.
Basically, the pressure is on for Smart and Skilled Providers to produce the goods - quality training that expends, some would say, a fairly arbitrary allocation of fairly arbitrary amounts of funding . However, for most of us delivery is not a problem; quality training is what we do. The problem for many is in understanding exactly what the contractual requirements are; we know we have to clear the hurdles to stay in the race but what are they exactly and where do we find them?
To confound matters Training Matters put out a newsletter in the same week with new information and new requirements that had not, to my knowledge, been included in any previous document (to be discussed in next blog).
Smart and Skilled Documents
Concerned that I could be overlooking important information I decided to list all the Smart and Skilled Reference Sources relevant to current delivery of the program. This is what I came up with:
- 2 Frameworks (Quality and Recognition)
- 2 Management Documents (Operational Guidelines and Contract 2015)
- 3 Policies
- 1 Strategy
- 5 Administrative Guides
- 2 Fact Sheets (and there may be more!)
- 2 webpage Bulletins (Training Matters and Smart and Skilled Updates)
- 1 FAQs webpage
Realising that the complexity of the program will challenge not only those, like myself, who have past experience of Government programs but also the Private Providers entering the arena for the first time was the impetus to develop this Blog. Over the weeks I will be deconstructing various aspects of the program and the documents and offering some hopefully helpful supporting information, facts and figures.
To be clear, the Department may issue more than one of the same type of Approved Qualifications Activity Schedules. If more than one of the same type of Approved Qualifications Activity Schedules are issued, the Department will specify if one Approved Qualifications Activity Schedule replaces, or is additional to another Approved Qualifications Activity Schedule. (Page2, Contract Terms and Conditions 2015)
Confusing? I rest my case!