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About the NETM

The Western Parkland City is a growing centre for innovation and advanced manufacturing, and the skills needed to fill new jobs are changing. That’s why we’re developing a New Education and Training Model (NETM) in partnership with industry, universities, vocational education and training (VET) providers and government.

The NETM will deliver small-scale packages of learning, or micro-credentials, that allow people to build knowledge, skills and experience in a particular subject area aligned to employer needs.

For employers, this means access to an agile and highly skilled workforce that can meet the demands of advancing operations. For students and workers, it means access to lifelong learning and the potential for an exciting career that can evolve over time.

Introducing the NETM

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Western Sydney is taking off for the 22nd century.

The new Western Sydney International Airport and the Aerotropolis are creating tremendous opportunities for businesses and job seekers.

The Aerotropolis, which includes the new Western Sydney Airport, will attract key industries such as advanced manufacturing, defence and aerospace, pharmaceutical manufacturing, freight and logistics, and agribusiness. 

All these industries are experiencing continuous technological advances needing people with specific and changing skill sets.

But how can we make sure that the Western Parkland City workforce has the skills to take up this once-in-a-generation opportunity?

With such rapid change, our world-class education and training system can’t always keep pace with the fast-evolving technology.

That’s why the NSW Government has funded a New Education and Training Model – the NETM.

This revolutionary model is flipped... instead of education and training providers designing courses for industry, the NETM puts industry in the driver’s seat to co-develop micro-credentials with educators.

Micro-credentials are easily accessible, small-scale, 40-hour courses learners complete to build knowledge, skills and experience across multiple professions and facilitate lifelong learning.

Employers can enrol current employees to upskill with a single micro-credential or set of micro-credentials which are in line with their business objectives, helping to drive growth and innovation.

The goal of the NETM is to assist employers to future-proof their businesses while helping employees and job candidates qualify for exciting high-skilled jobs.

It’s also going to give industry the confidence to invest in this future knowing there is a growing talent pool of workers with the skills they need.

For a limited time, industry can take advantage of this new initiative for free, so act quickly.

Visit wpca.sydney/netm to get started right now.

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An industry-led approach ensures micro-credentials are designed-for-business and support a pipeline of skilled local workers.

NETM micro-credentials will prioritise the emerging industries and skills required for people who live and work in the Western Parkland City.

The NETM brings together vocational education, higher education and workplace learning to ensure training will prepare learners for new jobs on the cutting edge of industry’s needs.

NETM micro-credentials do not need to be taken in a particular sequence, and there is no need to complete multiple micro-credentials within any set time frame. This gives business and learners the flexibility to undertake the training they need when they need it without having to commit to a long program of study or take employees off-line for extended periods.

Micro-credentials in related fields will be able to be stacked. Over the long term, this will allow learners to custom-build a qualification that is best-suited to their needs, aspirations and career goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a micro-credential?

Micro-credentials are small-scale courses (of about 40 hours of learning) for learners to build knowledge, skills and experience in a particular discipline applicable across multiple professions.

How are NETM micro-credentials different from other programs offered through registered training organisations or universities?

What's different about the NETM is that we are placing industry in the driver's seat, to make sure education programs are designed for business, by business. Since they are only about 40 hours long, NETM micro-credentials offer learners the chance to get a taste of what it would be like to study a particular topic further. Completing a NETM micro-credential can be a great way to decide if you want to take additional micro-credentials or even go on to study a longer course (such as a certificate, diploma or degree). NETM micro-credentials may also complement the training you have already undertaken by adding specific skills to your resume that may not have been a part of your prior study.

How many micro-credentials will be offered in the NETM?

The initial programme of the NETM will develop 100 micro-credentials between 2021-2025.

What kinds of skills will I be able to learn in the NETM?

Unlike a formal qualification which is typically centred on a profession or trade (e.g. law or carpentry), it is expected that micro-credentials developed by the NETM will be focused on a single discipline or skill set which could be applied across multiple professions (e.g. robotics). The initial programme of NETM micro-credentials will be focussed on skills in priority industries for the Western Parkland City, including advanced manufacturing, freight and logistics, aerospace and defence, pharmaceutical manufacturing and agribusiness. Details on current and upcoming NETM micro-credentials on offer will be provided in the course catalogue.

How much do NETM micro-credentials cost?

The initial programme of the NETM is funded by the NSW Government. This means NETM micro-credentials will be free of charge for learners and their employers in the early stages of the pilot program. Over the longer term, a sustainable funding model will be developed to ensure the NETM delivers micro-credentials in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.

How are micro-credentials delivered?

NETM micro-credentials are delivered through an innovative partnership model where vocational education, higher education and workplace learning come together to deliver training.  Our leading education and training providers manage the administration of each micro-credential and develop and deliver content with direct and meaningful input from industry partners to ensure training will prepare learners for new jobs on the cutting edge of industry’s needs.

Contact us

To learn more or to find out how you can get involved in the New Education and Training Model, contact us via this webform.