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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Ballarat to pilot technology education initiative

Federation College in Ballarat has been announced as the second pilot site for a school-industry partnership to help students enter the workforce job-ready. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said today’s announcement follows the recent announcement of a pilot site at Newcomb Secondary College in Geelong. “The Australian Government is committed to…

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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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AUSTRALIAN SKILLAROOS TO REPRESENT AUSTRALIA IN BRAZIL

The nation’s most skilled tradespeople will represent Australia at the 43rd WorldSkills International competition in São Paulo, Brazil this month. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan has farewelled the 25 Skillaroos who will represent Australia over four days of competition after they won national selection as the…

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Sailing High on the Back of Shipbuilding

The announcement of a continuous shipbuilding program, with Adelaide as the hub, is the best and most concrete economic news South Australia has received in decades. It will secure thousands of jobs and should boost confidence and optimism in the future of our state. For the first time ever, a strategic, long term decision is…

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