ADCET Webinar: The Inclusion of People with Disability in VET Project
ADCET presented this webinar in June 2019. Sharni Burstin from Skills for Australia discusses, The Inclusion of People with Disability in VET Project and covers the following:
- Project inception and background
- Industry consultation process and findings
- Developed and endorsed training products
- Introduction of training products
- Broader implications and initiatives needed
The Inclusion of People with Disability in VET project commenced in 2017 and it was the first time government and industry came together to explore how the development of training packages could increase the participation of people with disability in VET and the workplace.
This cross sector project aimed to equip vocational educators, employers and customer service providers with the skills and knowledge they need to better include people with disability in education, employment and service contexts.
The ultimate objective was to increase education and employment opportunities for people with disability across all economic sectors by addressing skill and knowledge gaps across multiple industry sectors.
Sharni joined the Skills for Australia team in 2017 to lead the Inclusion of People with Disability in VET Cross Sector Project. In this role, she coordinated the consultation of a large number of people with disability, advocacy groups, specialist support providers, employment services, education providers, government representatives and other stakeholder groups. She incorporated all findings into several reports, outlining the key recommendations for the project (published and available on the Skills for Australia website). Sharni then led the development of the new cross-sector training products, to address barriers to inclusion and support equal access to education, employment and customer service opportunities for people with disability. Earlier this year, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee endorsed the implementation of these training products into the national vocational education and training system. Six new units of competency will be made available through the Training and Education (TAE) and Business Services (BSB) Training Packages, for incorporation in qualifications across varied industries and training packages.