Edition 736, 18 December 2017
ACPET and the NT Government towards 2022 – Partners in productivity
Monday, December 18 2017
ACPET has been active in the NT since 2002, originally as a facilitator of professional development sessions targeting teachers, trainers and support personnel in the education and training sectors.
Over the years, ACPET has developed a closer connection with the NT education and training sector, local providers, industry, government departments and other stakeholders, not only through the ongoing provision of PD but with the provision of research findings, sector relevant information and advice. A responsive and informed training sector is essential to support skills acquisition and meet the career aspirations of Territorians.
Since 2012, ACPET has had a permanent presence in the NT with representation by Executive Office Michael Hall, courtesy of an agreement with the NT Government. We are pleased to announce that a new five year agreement has been ratified with revised contractual obligations that provide for ACPET NT to:
• work with public and private RTOs to assist with national and territory skills reforms
• provide support to private RTOs in respect of systems and procedures aligned with changes to funding arrangements
• work with the Industry Skills Advisory Council to identify, develop and implement innovative and flexible programs to support increased student commencements, retention and completions
• provide advice to government that leads to improved training arrangements for Territorians
• represent private RTOs at meetings, seminars and similar gatherings
• increase the number of NT RTOS with CRICOS registration and to identify ways to grow international student numbers and engagement by NT providers
• engage in transnational education opportunities, incoming and offshore delegations and student and career expos.
ACPET is appreciative of this ongoing support and is committed to strengthening our continued relationship with the NT Government, local stakeholders, our members and other providers in growing workforce capacity the NT economy.
The potential for the NT is enormous, as evidenced by the ongoing development of the INPEX gas plant which is currently the largest global infrastructure project and other projects of note.
While our southern cousins consider the NT to be remote, the reality is that the NT is best placed to connect with the growth economies in South East Asia. Additionally, Study NT, ACPET and our industry stakeholders are initiating strategies that will grow the NT as a destination of choice for international students.
ACPET is pleased to be able to assist the NT government in growing this connectivity.