Posted by LNA Master Landscapers Association
on 2 December 2015
The LNA have reviewed an education portfolio supplied on the 30th of November. We would like to share two summaries with our valued members.
Firstly, the 'Smart and Skilled' 2016 guideline and purpose which has been released and secondly, an update on the AHC Training Package.
The LNA have noted the following changes:
'Smart and Skilled' 2016
Regarding entitlement, from 2016, students with a Certificate IV or higher qualification will be able to access subsidised Smart and Skilled training up to Certificate III level. Which means that even if you have a higher level qualification you may still be eligible to re-train to enter (or re-enter) the workforce. So, providing that students meet the personal eligibility criteria for Smart and Skilled, all individuals will have access to a training entitlement in 2016, regardless of the level of any previous qualifications held. This is wonderful news as the most anyone would pay for the qualification in 2016 is $2600 as opposed to $10,270 in 2015. It also prevents career changers and upgraders from incurring a $10,270 qualification fee. ALL qualifications are now government subsidised as are as such as landscape, horticulture, turf and irrigation qualifications are on the Skill List for 2014. Traineeships have been reduced to a $1000 per qualification (from $2000) in 2015. This does not apply to the LC industry (we have apprentices) but does positively affect the Irrigation industry new trainees only, not existing worker trainees.
The AHC Training Package
The AHC Training Package is due to go to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee on 30 November 2015, however, the AHC TP is only one of 80! Melissa Wortmann, Executive Officer at AgriFood NSW ITAB, indicated that AHC would be endorsed and eventually through the implementation of this TP we aim to reduce duration of the LC Apprenticeship from 48 months to 36 months.
For more information please view: http://www.training.nsw.gov.au/smartandskilled/prices_fees.html http://www.training.nsw.gov.au/forms_documents/smartandskilled/prices_fees/2016_prices_fees_subsidies.pdf