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Accessible, quality education is critical to the future of the Western Parkland City. It’s not enough to establish a new research and development base for advanced industries and emerging jobs. We need to make sure people have access to the right education and training to be able to take up those opportunities.

The New Education and Training Model (or NETM) offers learners the chance to complete micro-credentials – short, targeted training courses of about 40 hours each – to develop the skills needed for jobs in industries like advanced manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, freight and logistics, aerospace and defence, and agribusiness.

Learn at your own pace

The NETM gives learners the flexibility to undertake the training they need when they need it without having to commit to a long program of study.

Over the long term, some micro-credentials in related fields will be able to be stacked together. This will allow learners to custom-build training that is best suited to their needs, aspirations and career goals.

NETM micro-credentials are being designed for and by industry in partnership with leading education and training providers.  This approach helps ensure that the training you complete will prepare you for new jobs on the cutting edge of industry's needs.

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The Western Parkland City is gearing up to be the economic powerhouse of Greater Sydney -- at the heart of its future, is the Bradfield City Centre, a new smart city being planned as the catalyst for advanced careers and growing business.

As the world's leading companies look to invest in the area and create new jobs, are you confident you have the right skills to take advantage of these new opportunities?

To help you keep up with rapid industry developments, the New South Wales Government is exploring a different approach to skilling our workforce, the new Education and Training Model - NETM.

The NETM features short, targeted training courses called micro-credentials, that are proposed by industry experts and co-designed with leading educators. You get the flexibility to undertake the training you need when you need it, without having to commit to a long program of study. You can enrol in a single micro-credential to upskill in your existing role, or complete multiple courses to custom build a training program that aligns with your career goals.

Consider this scenario, Jane is a production engineer at a leading defence manufacturer.

In a meeting with her manager, Jane agrees to develop her skills and experience in robotics
to progress in the company.

Jane completes a NETM micro- credential on Collaborative Robots Programming, which allows her to apply her new knowledge in a special work project to test a new robotics capability.

She then undertakes an additional Modern Industrial Automation micro-credential to learn about process improvement in automation control systems. Armed with new skills and practical experience, Jane is promoted into an automation lead role.

If you are ready to take the next step in your career, check out our course catalog -- wpca.sydney/netm/course-catalogue.

For a limited time, NETM micro-credentials are free to enrol.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to enrol in the NETM?

During the early stages of the NETM, the intention is to prioritise existing employees working in the Western Parkland City in a related field to each micro-credential – but over the course of the pilot these criteria will evolve as the number of micro-credentials we have on offer grows.

How much does it cost to take a NETM micro-credential?

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.

How do I enrol in a NETM micro-credential?

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 you can undertake the subject. Details on current and upcoming NETM micro-credentials on offer will be provided in the course catalogue

How would the NETM help me if I am thinking about other study?

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) with another institution.  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.

Where can I study a NETM micro-credential?

NETM micro-credentials will be delivered by the leading education and training provider that has been selected to co-design and co-deliver that micro-credential. Details on upcoming NETM micro-credentials on offer will be provided in the course catalogue

Where do I find out about the mode of learning and assessment for a micro-credential?

Learning modes and assessment types vary according to what learners need to be able to do at the end of a micro-credential.  This means micro-credentials will often have different approaches to learning – so it is best to check these details for the specific micro-credentials you are interested in. Details on upcoming NETM micro-credentials on offer will be provided in the course catalogue

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.