Skills List - Review of Methodology

Monday, June 1, 2015

The NSW Skills List was developed using a wide ranging three stage methodology which included analysis of industry, occupations and qualifications, consultation with industry to determine priority occupations and qualifications, and modelling to assess the impact of potential changes. In order to evaluate this process, the NSW Skills Board has commissioned a project to review the methodology used to develop the NSW Skills List. The review will assess the contribution of different elements used in the development of the List, its utility as a mechanism for identifying government subsidised qualifications, and its role in supporting future industry and employment needs in NSW.

The study will explore the following:

  • Can skills/occupational demand be accurately forecast? If so, which methods (e.g. modelling; industry analysis and profiles; consultation with industry) tend to show more reliability? 
  • Is there any evidence that VET planners make ‘better’ decisions than students?  
  • If skills demand is difficult to forecast accurately are there other approaches that should be used or given more weight? 
  • Has the NSW Skills List had the desired outcomes in terms of student qualification choice? 
  • Is the methodology used to develop the NSW Skills List relevant to a system of differentiated subsidies? 

The findings from the research report will inform the development of the NSW Skills List in the future. The review is being conducted by the National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders University, Adelaide. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.