WDC/Transitional ITO COVID-19 Response Projects Fund

WDC/Transitional ITO COVID-19 Response Projects Fund

Last updated 3 July 2020
Last updated 3 July 2020

The purpose of the WDC/Transitional ITO COVID-19 Response Projects Fund (the Fund) is to enable Transitional Industry Training Organisations (Transitional ITOs) and Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) to lead COVID-19 response projects that support the recovery of industry from the impacts of COVID-19.

Funding is granted through an application process, and can be used by Transitional ITOs and WDCs for any or all of the following:

  • undertaking planning in collaboration with industry and providers to determine projects;
  • understanding, determining and prioritising the necessary skills responses, training and pathways;
  • reviewing existing industry skill standards and programme components;
  • undertaking other related activities that align with the purpose of the funding;
  • design work related to the proposals determined from any of the above activities. 

This funding must not be used to fund the delivery of programmes, courses and skills responses.

Project Objectives

Projects should be directed at achieving the following aims. The emphasis of any one project may be different. 

  1. Quality recommendations: provide outputs that give industry, businesses, learners and providers confidence in the training and training pathways and that result in positive outcomes and best support the skill needs of industry.
  2. Demonstrate buy-in: involve industries, industry groups and providers to develop a common understanding of how industry sectors may recover from COVID-19 and how this recovery can be supported. This includes both regional and industry-wide training responses to support recovery from COVID-19.
  3. Alternative learning options: work with providers on how to implement alternative arrangements for apprentices who have lost jobs, for example, provision of interim learning solutions.
  4. Pathways: work with providers to design learner pathways, supported by industry, that support the likely recovery paths of industries.
  5. Investment priorities: provide clear priorities to inform the TEC’s investments in education and training, including priorities to fund products with industry endorsement.
  6. Inform advice: provide information to WDCs, at the appropriate time, to support their advice to the TEC.
  7. RoVE outcomes: contribute to the transition of Transitional ITO functions to WDCs and providers, including potential transfer of the projects to WDCs where appropriate.