The Department tonight announced via SVTS that there will be no new Skills First Providers approved in 2020.
Currently contracted providers will have their contract extended by one calendar year, to cover you for 2020.
Of course, this is all very new and still developing - we will keep you up to date with developments as they happen. We also encourage you to register for our webinar, Skills First 2020 - What's in store? for the latest information and to ask questions particular to your RTO.
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2020 Skills First Program Arrangements
The Department is pleased to advise that it will offer currently contracted Training Providers an extension to their 2018-19 Skills First VET Funding Contract for a period of one calendar year, to 31 December 2020.
Training Providers holding a 2018-19 Skills First VET Funding Contract will be invited to participate in the usual process to determine allocations for 2020, including submission of Program Delivery Plans following publication of the 2020 Funded Course List and Jobs and Training Needs Report. Choosing to participate in this process will act as confirmation of a Training Provider’s acceptance of the extension offer (or otherwise).
This decision has been made having regard to Skills First training market performance in meeting the skills needs of Victoria, and with a view to providing early advice and certainty for Training Providers as they plan for 2020.
At the same time, given the stability and performance of the current Skills First training market, the Department has determined that it will not run a Provider Selection Process for new entrants for 2020.
For further information, including formal contract variation documentation, please refer to Contract Notification 2019-12 and attachments, available in the ‘Memos’ section of SVTS.
Additionally the contract note attached states:
Training providers are advised that a ‘curated’ version of the Contract will also be issued later in the year that will incorporate any amendments previously made via Contract Notifications and any minor clarifications or amendments that are identified. Refreshed versions of the 2019 Guidelines About Fees, Guidelines About Determining Student Eligibility and Supporting Evidence and Guidelines About Apprenticeship/Traineeship Delivery will also be provided for the 2020 calendar year.
The contract note then amends all the clauses from the contract ending 31/12/19 to 31/12/20
Refer to contract note CN2019-12.
So in summary, existing providers will have their contracts extended to cover 2020 but there will be no new contracts issued. Great news if you are a current provider but not so great if you were keen to get involved in the funded training market here in Victoria.
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