Book an Apprenticeship Ambassador today

The Australian Apprenticeships and Ambassadors Program highlights real life apprenticeship and traineeship success stories and aims to boost the status of apprenticeships. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham officially launched Book an Ambassador, a function available via the Australian Apprenticeships website, along with Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador Dean Halatau from the West Tigers,…

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Fortitude Valley business signs up to the $664 million Industry Skills Fund

Local businesses in Brisbane are benefiting from the Industry Skills Fund (ISF), which will provide up to 250,000 training places and support services across Australia. Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham said that Alpha Finance was one of a number of businesses throughout Australia to secure funding under the Government’s $664 million…

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Labor has failed students and taxpayers

Today the Senate Education and Employment References Committee convened a public hearing for its inquiry into the operation, regulation and funding of private vocational education and training (VET) providers in Australia. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said the hearings highlighted the importance of the Abbott Government’s reforms to the VET sector.…

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Adult Learners’ Week celebrates twenty years

Each year Adult Learners’ Week celebrates the important role adult and community education plays in reducing the risk of long-term unemployment. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham and Federal Member for Hindmarsh Matt Williams launched the twentieth Adult Learners’ Week noting the theme for this year’s Adult Learners’ Week is ‘unlocking learning’…

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Interview – Doorstop – Ballarat

Subject: (Regional Apprentices; INAP Conference) E&OE… JOURNALIST: So Senator what’s your take on the importance of apprenticeships within regional Victoria? SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Look, apprenticeships are critical. We’ve got more than 300,000 apprentices nationally, more than 2,000 in Ballarat alone and it’s a demonstration of the fact that apprenticeships provide pathways for people to both earn…

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New Report highlights slump in student numbers under Labor

Data released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) confirms Labor’s failure on vocational education and training (VET) with course completion rates slumping to just a third in 2013. The likelihood of completing a government-funded VET program 2009-13 report shows course completions for all VET qualifications dropped from 36 per cent for…

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