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Placing industry in the driver's seat

The NSW Government has committed funding to deliver 100 different New Education and Training Model (NETM) micro-credentials. The four-year pilot will help to rapidly upskill Western Parkland City's workforce to attract industry investments and support employment opportunities.

Unlike more traditional forms of tertiary education, the NETM places industry in the driver's seat to ensure micro-credentials are designed for business and support a pipeline of skilled local workers, well into the future.

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Industry is involved in:

  • Detailed development and activation of the model
  • Identifying skills and training needs in the Western Parkland City
  • Co-design of micro-credential content
  • Co-delivery of workplace aspects of micro-credentials

We invite industry members in advanced manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, freight and logistics, defence and aerospace, and agribusiness sectors to participate in the ongoing design, development and delivery of micro-credentials tailored to the needs of employers in the Western Parkland City.

Register your interest if you would like to propose a new micro-credential for the NETM or work with our team to workshop micro-credential ideas.

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Maintaining a skilled workforce to keep up with changing technology and new growth opportunities is a constant challenge. This takes time and money, and sometimes the traditional models of training aren't the right fit.

What if your business could influence the targeted training needed to build the talent pool for your industry now, rather than wait for the right course to appear?

Well now you can do just that -- introducing the New Education and Training Model - the NETM.

Funded by the New South Wales Government, the NETM offers targeted short courses, or micro-credentials, that are co-designed by industry experts and education providers, to develop specific skills needed for jobs in growth industries that are not covered adequately in existing training programs.

Unlike a formal qualification which is typically centered on a profession or trade, like law or carpentry, micro-credentials developed by the NETM are focused on a specific skill set, like robotics, which could be applied across multiple roles.

The initial NETM micro-credentials will be focused on skills in priority industries for the Western Parkland City, including Advanced Manufacturing, Freight and Logistics, Aerospace and Defence, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Agribusiness.

There are several ways you can get involved as an industry partner and our team at the Western Parkland City Authority is here to help you find the best solution.

You can choose your level of involvement, from enrolling your staff in our existing micro-credentials, pitching your training concept to our industry panel, co-designing training content with one of our leading education providers, to partnering with one of our education providers to co-deliver a micro-credential -- the NETM will help you meet evolving business needs and make sure all your employees have the skills they need now and into the future.

Interested in partnering with us to develop and grow your workforce through micro-credentials?

Contact us at [email protected] to get started now or visit our website to find out more.

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Course Catalogue

The initial program of the NETM will develop 100 micro-credentials between 2022-2025. Click here for the latest information on current and upcoming courses or click here to sign up to be kept informed about upcoming micro-credentials.

For additional opportunities to partner with the Authority, please read Bradfield City Centre - An Invitation to Partner.

Frequently Asked Questions

What micro-credentials are currently on offer, and in what industries?

The initial programme of NETM micro-credentials will be focussed on priority industries for the Western Parkland City, including advanced manufacturing, transport and logistics, aerospace and defence, and agribusiness.

Details on upcoming NETM micro-credentials on offer will be provided in the course catalogue.

How do I enrol my staff in NETM micro-credentials?

NETM enrolments are managed by the leading education provider delivering the micro-credential. It is best to contact the education provider of the course you are interested in to make sure the micro-credential is suitable.

Details on upcoming NETM micro-credentials on offer will be provided in the course catalogue.

How much does a NETM micro-credential cost?

The NETM is funded by the NSW Government during the pilot period.  This means NETM micro-credentials will initially be free of charge for learners and industry. 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.

If I wanted to propose a new micro-credential, what would my involvement look like?

If you are an employer who has recognised a skill gap in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, freight and logistics, pharmaceutical manufacturing aerospace and defence, or agribusiness, we want to hear from you!

The Western Parkland City Authority will work with you to scope a potential micro-credential that will meet your needs. You can also participate as an industry partner in the delivery of a micro-credential – and if you are interested in this level of participation, we will work with you to see if your existing training materials can be adapted or if we might need your input into a bigger piece of educational design in close partnership with one of our leading education partners.

How long will it take to get a new micro-credential started?

While time frames for new micro-credentials will vary based on several factors, a period of 3-6 months will usually be long enough to get a new micro-credential up and running.

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.