Skills Canberra is seeking to feedback from ACE sector and other interested stakeholders about changes to the ACT ACE Grants Program Guidelines for 2019

Date: Wednesday 14 November 2018

Time: 10:00am to 12:00noon

Place: Level 4 Conference Room, Canberra Nara Centre, 1 Constitution Ave, Canberra City

RSVP: Places are limited. Please email your rsvp to Skills Canberra with the subject line 'ACE Stakeholder Consultation: Attn Anita’ by COB 12 November 2018.

The ACT ACE Grants Program (ACE Grants) has been in operation since 1998 delivering work-related learning activities in welcoming and supportive community-based environments to Canberrans who face complex barriers to participation in learning or work, may be vulnerable, hard to reach and engage or need to learn the skills to thrive in formal training settings.

The 20th anniversary of the ACE Grants is an ideal time to implement a fresh approach to ACE.

Skills Canberra is revising the ACE Grants Guidelines to better highlight the natural alignment of the ACE Grants with the objectives of the National Partnership Agreement on the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF NP).

Under the SAF NP, the Commonwealth may agree to make financial contributions to State and Territory projects that are consistent with the objectives and outcomes of the SAF NP and where the State or Territory agrees to make a matched financial contribution.

A Commonwealth SAF contribution would potentially double the money available for ACE projects in 2019, enabling ACE project durations to be extended from 12 months to 2 years. This would allow for more flexibility in the delivery of ACE projects, greater certainty for ACE providers and translate into improved outcomes for ACE participants.

ACE Grants learning activities comprise a mixture of non-accredited and accredited foundational skills training and support (also called pre-employment or work-ready training). Whilst not always labelled as such, these learning activities are consistent with the definition of ‘pre-apprenticeships’ or ‘pre-traineeships’ described in the SAF NP.

It is auspicious that Skills Canberra’s initiative to seek a Commonwealth SAF contribution for the ACE Grants coincides with the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Ministerial Declaration on ACE when Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers made a commitment 'to work collaboratively to maximise positive outcomes from the ACE sector'.

A summary of the proposed changes to the ACE Grants Guidelines will be circulated to stakeholders before the consultation forum.

Stakeholders not able to attend the ACE consultation forum will have an opportunity to discuss the changes with Anita Dolstra, Manager, ACE Grants, at the ACT RTO Forum on 8 November 2018.

Posted 30 October 2018