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Debates Day 5 - 31 October 2018



Debates Day 5 - 31 October 2018

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Parliamentary Record 15


Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




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DEBATES Wednesday 31 October 2018 4788 What I have not said about these trainees and apprentices is that they were all Aboriginal. They were great kids who came from different communities across the NT. I am still in touch with all of these apprentices and trainees. Some are now adults with careers, who have come into my office with children of their own to thank me for the support in achieving their jobs. All they needed was a hand to open up the world of their industry. That is what we are all about. Our unit at Health did all of this within budget. To bring on a trainee or apprentice under some national or NT schemes does not cost a lot of money. I urge every service out there to get on board with employing trainees and apprentices. Further, many of our trainees and apprentices won awards, including NT Training Awards and GTNT Training Awards. The program won a national training award in Sydney. I remember going there to receive that award for our program. We are fully supportive of vocational training and we want it to continue as pathway for NT children to develop. The Northern Territory Governments focus is on jobs. Workforce and skills development is a broader labour market agenda, with a narrower VET focus under the current legislation for the commission. The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation will have greater flexibility to respond to the economic and employment conditions through agency initiatives and its ability to report directly to the minister without an intermediary statutory body. In its current form, this is working. We want it to develop further. This is why these changes have occurred. I again thank the minister, everyone from the department who worked on this and everyone on our Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee. I commend the bill to the House. Ms UIBO (Workforce Training): Madam Speaker, I thank the members for their contributions in support of this bill. The bill before the Assembly is to abolish the Northern Territory Training Commission, referred to as the commission, and its associated functions. The commissions functions are being fulfilled by the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, or DTBI, from within existing resources with the support of the Industry Skills Advisory Council NT, ISACNT. A question from the Member for Nelson related to clarification of what ISACNT is and what it does. ISACNT was established to provide industry-based advice on skill needs to government and businesses as well as vocational education and training assistance to provide advice regarding industry. ISACNT has been operational since 1 July 2016. It is the conduit between industry and the Northern Territory Government on all workforce needs now and into the future in the Territory context. It is integrated industry advice in regard to the labour market, workforce needs, shortages and priorities of industry, furthering workforce training packages and support for industry. It also engages with thousands of businesses in the Northern Territory to create the NTSOPL. The Member for Nelson is passionate about all things regarding the Territory. I encourage him to make time to meet with ISACNT. I am sure it would be open to briefing the Member for Nelson on what it does and creating a partnership. With his experience, we value any type of input and relationship he would like to establish with this peak advisory body. It is an extremely diverse body with thousands of businesses across the Territory having input to those key areas. A key challenge facing the Territorys vocational education and training sector now and into the future is the ability to be dynamic and respond to the changing economic and employment conditions in the Territory. That is important under our current economic climate. The proposed amendment will provide greater flexibility to respond to economic and employment conditions through agency initiatives, and will enable DTBI to report directly to me, as minister, instead of an intermediary statutory body. I will now reflect on the comments from members who have contributed to debate today. I thank the Members for Spillett, Braitling, Nelson, Port Darwin and Brennan for contributing. The Member for Spillett mentioned the apprenticeship numbers in the Northern Territory this year. There are 3345 apprenticeships in the Territory. These numbers have increased from last year, which is a great

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