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Annual Report 1991 Department of Education



Annual Report 1991 Department of Education

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Tabled Paper 1288


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT






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1991 Competency-based TrainingAssessment Communication Skills in which more than 100 TAFE staff participated, along with personnel from private organisations providing training programs. In addition, the TAFE Staff Development Committeepreviously a sub committee of the T AFE Advisory Councilwas re-established during the year. ADULT LITERACY Late in 1991, an adult literacy co-ordinator was attached to the T AFE Professional Support Services Unit to provide a focal point for activities in this field. TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT With the transfer into the Department of the employment and training functions previously vested in the Office of the Public Service Commissioner, the Department became directly responsible for ensuring the provision of a skilled Northern Territory labour force, in accordance with industry and community needs, through the development, management and co-ordination of appropriate vocational training programs. Award restructuring and the move to competency-based training under the National Training Agenda led to the development, in consultation with unions and employer organisations, of standard forms of contracts of training to be applied in specific declared vocations. A number of training opportunitiessuch as school leaver programs, including traineeships and scholarships, trade based pre-vocational and vocational programs and special programs for women and disadvantaged groupswere actively promoted during the year. In addition, several bodies involved in training were assisted by the provision of either direct or indirect grants. These were the Industry Training Network, which received operational expenses to provide information and input into government policy on the training needs of industry and to provide specific programs such as Workstart Northern Territory TAFE institutions and the Young Women's Christian Association, which were funded for the provision of specific training programs the Group Training Schemes, which were given funds to cover their administration expenses the Confederation of Industry and Commerce and the Trades and Labor Council, which were funded to promote the Australian Traineeship System. 11

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