Investing in Experience (Skills Recognition & Training)
New arrangements for Investing in Experience (Skills Recognition & Training) (IIE-SRT) Applications
The new Skills Connect Fund supports employers to address their whole of workforce development needs through access to nationally recognised vocational education qualifications, as well as foundation skills, mentoring and other support services.
From Monday 5 August 2013, the Investing in Experience (Skills Recognition & Training) (IIE-SRT) initiative is being administered through the Skills Connect Fund. Employers seeking skills recognition and gap training for mature age workers will need to complete a Skilling my Workforce proposal form and proposals will be assessed in accordance with the Skills Connect Fund guidelines, both of which will be available via the Skills Connect website.
If you have already applied for support from IIE-SRT, your application will be processed in accordance with the IIE-SRT guidelines. Enquiries regarding applications submitted prior to 5 August should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org .
About Investing in Experience (Skills Recognition & Training) for mature age workers
Investing in Experience (Skills Recognition & Training) is an Australian Government initiative to support mature age workers (aged 50 years and over) to gain a qualification that match their skills. Through a skills assessment and, if needed, gap training, mature age workers can attain a nationally recognised qualification at the Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level.
Employers can access support through the Skills Connect Fund. Australian Government funding of up to $4,400 (GST inclusive) may be available to employers for eligible workers aged 50 and over. Any costs over this base level amount are subject to the co-contribution arrangements outlined in the Skills Connect Fund Guidelines.
For workers aged over 50, a formal skills assessment process (recognition of prior learning or current competency) must be undertaken by a registered training organisation which is authorised to deliver the training. If the skills assessment identifies that gap training is required to allow a qualification to be awarded, this should be delivered by the training organisation in an arrangement that meets the preferences of the workers and the employer. The costs and results of the skills assessment will be required to be reported under a Funding Agreement.
Why is the government investing in mature age workers?
Mature age workers bring an enormous amount of knowledge and capability to a workplace. Sometimes their competencies have not been formally recognised through accredited qualifications, and this may lead to career limitations and early retirement.
The Australian Government is focused on providing mature age workers with opportunities to continue to develop their skills and knowledge, and to remain in the workforce, progress in their jobs, transition to new roles, help develop younger employees, and contribute further to workforce productivity.
Guidelines and Applications
Support for skills recognition and training for mature age employees is now administered through the Skills Connect Fund. Please read the Skills Connect Fund Guidelines and the Proponent User Guide before submitting a Skilling my Workforce proposal form.
Applications for funding should be submitted through the online Skilling my Workforce proposal form.
For new applications, please contact the Skills Connect Fund.
For payment enquiries about approved applications, or to enquire about an application submitted prior to 5 August 2013, please contact IIE-SRT by post, phone or email:
- Post: Program Manager, Investing in Experience (Skills Recognition & Training)
Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
PO Box 9839 (Loc C4MT4)
Canberra ACT 2601
- Phone: 133 873
- Email: email@example.com