ACCI Employment Education & Training (EET) Unit

The EET Unit in ACCI is responsible for policy development from an employer’s perspective relating to employment, education and training. The Unit also manages projects that undertake valuable research to help inform policy discussions, and services the important work of the ACCI EET Committee which, as a sub-committee of the General Council, sets the policy agenda on employment, education and training issues for the 350,000 businesses that are part of the ACCI business network.

Our general email at the unit is eet@acci.asn.au.

The ACCI EET Policy Unit is based in Canberra. The team includes:

Jenny Lambert – Director – Employment Education & Training

Stephen Bolton – Senior Advisor, Employment Education & Training

Ewan Brown – Project Manager, Mature Age Employment

Kirsten Lawarik – Admin Support

In addition, the Australian Government funds a network of Education & Training Advisors (ETAs). Information on the ETA program can be found here. Contact details for ETAs are:

  Name Chamber Switchboard Email Address
 NAT Stephen Bolton Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (02) 6273 2311 stephen.bolton@acci.asn.au
 ACT Jo Powell ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry (02) 6283 5200 jo.powell@actchamber.com.au
 NSW Nick Minto New South Wales Business Chamber 13 26 96 nick.minto@nswbc.com.au
 NT Hugh Roberts Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory (08) 8982 8100 hroberts@chambernt.com.au
 QLD Elizabeth Roberts Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (07) 3842 2244 eroberts@cciq.com.au
 SA Barb Cowey Business SA (08) 8300 0000 barbc@business-sa.com
 TAS Colleen Reardon Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (03) 6236 3600 Colleen.reardon@tcci.com.au
 VIC Raewynn Black  Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry (03) 8662 5333 RBlack@vecci.org.au
 WA Linda Winter Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia (08) 9365 7555 Linda.Winter@cciwa.com

ETA Program Information

ACCI manages a network of Education and Training Advisors (ETAs) placed with each State and Territory Chamber of Commerce supported by funding provided through the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) Industry Training Strategies Programme (ITSP).

The Education and Training Advisers initiative maintains support mechanisms to increase the knowledge and understanding by business and enterprise of vocational and technical education issues. The ETA initiative focuses on reforms to the VET system and Australian Apprenticeships and the provision of advice to employers on the function of the VET system. The fundamental aim of the initiative is to develop a greater breadth of understanding of the VET system by employers thus increasing the uptake of Australian Apprentices and enabling a wider utilisation of nationally accredited training.

The aim of the Education and Training Advisers (ETA) Initiative is to establish and maintain support mechanisms to increase the knowledge and understanding by the business community of vocational education and training issues. The ACCI ETA network works with Australian business community to assist employers in developing a greater understanding of the VET system, employment support services and the higher education sector in order to promote employment and training outcomes that meet the labour and skills needs of employers.

The activities of the ETAs address the five priority areas of:

  • increasing employer confidence in and understanding of the Australian Government’s national vocational education and training policies and priorities and the National Training system;
  • promoting the flexibilities and advantages for enterprises/employers’ workforce development approaches through engagement with the National Training System and the use of training packages, including promoting innovative activities to improve take up of Australian Apprenticeships by enterprises/employers;
  • working with enterprises/employers to build their capacity to address the current and future skills needs of their workforce and target projects to assist in reducing skills shortages in specific industry sectors, occupations or regions;
  • promoting and encouraging increased participation in Australian Apprenticeships and training and employment outcomes for disadvantaged Australians.
  • developing and distributing training information and related advice.

Examples of these services include providing information and assistance to employers on:

  • VET in schools and school based apprenticeships;
  • indigenous employment and training;
  • workforce development;
  • informing employers and employees of their rights and obligations under the contract of training;
  • employer recruitment practices employability skills;
  • promotion of career advice improving access to new apprenticeships; providing information to employers to simplify the confusion with state and federal government initiatives in the training system;
  • proposals in relation to people with disabilities’ access to VET;
  • issues relating to the reform of the National Training System; and
  • proposals to address regional skill shortages.

The ETA program has funded the following key ACCI works:

  • A Systematic Approach to Retaining Apprentices – the ACCI research project examining how employers can maximise apprentice completions and implement better recruitment process for apprentices.
  • Worth their Weight in Gold – the ACCI research project examining reengagement strategies for disengaged apprentices. This was very topical during the GFC and was well received.
  • It’s Not About Age, - the recent ACCI work on mature age apprentice engagement strategies.
  • The ACCI – IRU Work Integrated Learning Project
  • The ACCI National Skills Survey

For information on the Education and Training Advisors Program, please contact Stephen Bolton on stephen.bolton@acci.asn.au or phone 02 6273 2311.