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Skills & Training Needs 2013

Victorian Agriculture Industry

Published by HESG

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Melbourne February 2014
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Contents Industry and data scope Industry trends and issues

Industry outlook 5

Economic contribution 9

Employer profile 10

Industry workforce and skills

Employment 13

Labour market characteristics 14

Job vacancies 17

Employment trends by occupation 18

Specialised and In-Shortage occupations 20

Industry vocational training provision

Training activity 22

Training providers 26

Funding patterns 27

Regional training activity 28

Student characteristics 30


In the context of Victoria’s complex and dynamic economy, a demand-led approach is the best way to ensure a responsive and dynamic vocational training system that will help as many people as possible build skills that lead to better jobs. This is most evident in the results of the market approach embodied in the Victorian Training Guarantee, which has achieved positive outcomes for both students and the economy.
The Refocusing Vocational Training (RVT) in Victoria reforms are designed to satisfy important criteria for a strong vocational training market. Through these reforms the Government will be able to more effectively manage the training market, ensuring that the vocational training system continues to produce positive outcomes for students, businesses and Victoria.
Through the RVT, there is a role for government in monitoring, providing information and responding to the performance of the vocational training system. A key mechanism by which the government exercises this role is through the Industry Participation Model (IPM). The IPM is based on a new partnership approach between government, industry and training providers. It increases industry influence within the training market by supporting more direct relationships between industry and training providers and by increasing direct consultation with government.
An aim of the IPM is to seek to improve information sharing about training provision, options, outcomes, gaps and associated barriers between industry, training providers and employers to improve responsiveness. A suite of information products and tools are been developed, of which this report is one, to support this aim and an overview of these are provided in the table following.

This report describes training and economic activity and developments related to Victoria’s Agriculture Industry, bringing together a range of qualitative and quantitative insights from desk research and industry engagement. It highlights both the challenges the industry faces in attracting the right skills, and the opportunities businesses, training providers and government have to address these challenges. Key metrics used in this report include enrolments by sub- industry, qualification level, occupation, courses, age group, gender, learners facing barriers, provider type, reason for study and completions by related industry sub-sectors. The report also covers apprentices and trainees, and an analysis of the responsiveness of training delivery to specific occupational needs. The report produces industry, sub- industry and region-specific findings and, wherever possible, presents comparisons to developments at the State-level.

The purpose of this report is:

  1. To provide a basis for understanding the Agriculture sector in relation to employment levels, skills shortage occupations, current alignment and responsiveness of the vocational training market to the needs of the sector and to provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities in meeting industry vocational skills needs both now and into the future.

  1. To give detailed information around vocational training enrolments by occupation, location, qualification levels and other student characteristics, as it relates to the Agriculture industry sector in order to gauge current trends in vocational training delivery.

  1. To summarise the context of the Agriculture sector in relation to the size and scale of the labour and training markets as well as the current policy, economic and social drivers that it is facing.

Suite of Information Products & Tools

Victorian Quarterly Training Market Reports

On-going series of quarterly reports aimed at providing a summary of Victorian training market performance following the introduction of the student entitlement system. The report covers three sections – the first provides an overview of the performance of the Victorian training market, the second section examines the participation of learners facing barriers and the third examines the alignment of training to industry skills needs training/providers/market/Pages/ reports.aspx

Vocational Training: Victorias Regional Report

Annual publication examining training delivery in each of Victoria’s regions in the context of the local population, economy and workforce, building a picture of the relationship between the local training system and regional skills needs, training market performance and responsiveness training/providers/market/Pages/ regionaltrends.aspx

Vocational Training: Victorias Industry Report

Published annually, this report combines industry intelligence and economic analysis with training data to build a more complete picture of the relationship between industry skills needs, employment opportunities and skills training. Each of the 19 industry training profiles provide economic context and a summary of training challenges and highlights from IPM initiatives training/employers/industry/Pages/ marketinfo.aspx

Industry Sub-sector summary reports & Industry Factsheets

46 sub-sector industry summary reports produced annually highlight industry labour and training market dynamics with an overview of current and forecast employment needs and vocational training patterns across the sectors and at the regional level

A series of factsheets are also available for 19 industries training/employers/industry/Pages/ marketinfo.aspx

Business Toolkit and Case Studies

Toolkit for employers providing information on how to get government- subsidised training under the Victorian Training Guarantee; getting the best training for your business, with a helpful checklist; information of Recognition

of Prior Learning; and a range of interesting employer and training provider case studies training/employers/workforce/Pages/ marketfacilitation.aspx

IPM Portfolio Industry Reports

Released in line with IPM Portfolio cycles, these reports describe training and economic activity and developments related to key Victoria’s industry sectors. Highlighted are both the challenges the industry faces in attracting the right skills, and the opportunities businesses, training providers and government have to address these challenges. A range of key workforce and training metrics are also provided. There are two tiers of reports. One are detailed reports, representing the focus industries for the Department in 2013, and summary reports covering other industry sectors training/employers/industry/Pages/ marketinfo.aspx

Industry Blog

A forum for people interested in industry skills and training issues in Victoria, the blog features a range of topics relevant to stakeholders, information on recent industry events, groups and forums and new initiatives focused on enhancing market performance through facilitation activities

Industry Skills Update e-Alerts

Regular email update featuring the latest news about IPM activities; market facilitation and related government initiatives; reports; and training performance information

To subscribe contact: Department of Education & Early Childhood


Web Pages Industry Training Market Information

19 webpages with information about the skills and training market for industry sectors. For each industry, there’s a training snapshot, information about skills in demand, training market intelligence reports and factsheets along with more detailed reporting for each industry sub-sector. Information is updated regularly training/employers/industry/Pages/ marketinfo.aspx

Rate Your Training

New ratings tool for industry and employers is a simple-to-use system where employers can rate the performance of a training provider in a particular study area against selected criteria, and review and compare the ratings of other employers

E-Marketplace (in development)

Website which facilitates connections between employers and training providers. Employers can anonymously post their training requirements and training providers are able to provide structured response online. Employers are then able to review the response with no obligation, create a shortlist and follow up directly with their preferred providers

Victorian Skills Gateway

One-stop-shop of Victorian vocational education and training to help find the best option for students. Searches can be performed on occupations, courses, training providers, video and written case studies. This website is also viewable via a purpose-built smartphone interface victorianskillsgateway/Pages/home.aspx

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