The future of the SA Health & Community Services Skills Board, and that of other Industry Skills Boards in the state, is at risk. Despite external reviews in 2007 and 2010 affirming the value of the Boards, the budget reduced funding and a variety of proposals for alternative arrangements have been under discussion. The Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills, the Hon Tom Kenyon, is likely to make a decision about the future of the Board within the next few weeks – and we are asking you to contact him to indicate your support for the Board and your concern at the potential loss of the organisation.
At a time when skills and workforce development are critical priorities for our sectors, the Board has -
o knowledge and understanding of our diverse and complex industries and sectors, and of the education and training systems;
o a structure that ensures independence and a voice for both employers and employees;
o workforce development knowledge and expertise; and
o the capacity to connect industry, government, and the education and training sectors and to provide integrated advice and advocacy about skills and training needs.
These are too valuable to lose.
Click here for a briefing for our stakeholders and for suggestions for points to raise with the Minister. We would appreciate any action you take so that we might together secure the Board’s future.
CE, SA Health & Community Services Skills Board Inc.