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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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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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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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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Child care trainers to lift their game

The Australian Government will increase audits on child care training organisations, consider more on the job training, enforce the use of penalties and establish a ‘preferred provider’ scheme following the release of a new report into the training of child care workers. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said the Training for…

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Australian Skillaroos proud success

The Skillaroos have returned home from competing at the WorldSkills International Competition in São Paulo, Brazil with three silver and two bronze medals, a Best of National medal and a cluster of medallions of excellence. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham has congratulated the nation’s most skilled tradespeople who represented Australia across…

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Building a Modern Centre of Innovation in Geelong

The Commonwealth Government is investing in jobs, innovation and growth across the Geelong region to support its transition from traditional manufacturing to a centre of innovation. Today, the Government announces that it will base its $14 million Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre in Geelong.   The Centre will be integrated with a network of centres across…

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