Australian Government boosts skills in Grey

The Abbott Government is investing in businesses in Grey through the $664 million Industry Skills Fund (ISF) and the annual $200 million Australian Apprenticeship Support Network. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said the ISF will provide over 250,000 training places and support services over the next five years across Australia. “Three…

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New Project Supporting Transport SkillsTraining In Asia-Pacific Region

A new project mapping transport and logistic skills needs and competencies in the Asia Pacific region will boost global labour mobility, regional economic development and opportunities for Australian training providers to operate overseas. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham announced the project at the second Global Skills Training Forum, held today at…

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The MAS Experience’ launched

The Abbott Government’s Australian Apprenticeship Support Network is investing $200 million a year to recruit, train and retrain apprentices. Across the country, there are more than 420 Australian Apprenticeship Support Network locations, including more than 270 Network Provider sites; and over 140 further locations for outreach services. ‘The MAS Experience’ – MAS National’s Australian Apprenticeship…

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World-class IT training for Sydney

Global technology giant Huawei will train Australians in the latest information and communications technology with the completion later this year of a major new IT training centre in Sydney. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham today visited Huawei’s $30 million new IT training facility in Chatswood, which is in the final stages…

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Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) Community Consultations

A series of community consultations regarding the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) will be held in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia over the next three weeks. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said he was hosting the community consultations following an independent evaluation of AMEP. “The consultations will help ensure…

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New Support to Deliver Job-Relevant Training Products

Expressions of interest are being invited from organisations to operate as skills service organisations as part of an overhaul of Australian qualifications. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said that skills service organisations will play a crucial role in ensuring training delivers the competencies that jobs will require in the future. “The…

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Strengthening education and training ties with South Korea

Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham will conclude his visit to South Korea today—the first from an Australian education minister since 1997. Senator Birmingham said strengthening education and training ties with his South Korean counterparts and industry representatives had been a key focus of his visit. “Education-related travel services is one Australia’s top…

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VET key component of Australia-China relationship

Australia and China have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen collaboration on quality assurance, and will work to develop a further agreement to boost vocational education and training (VET) skills collaboration. Speaking from Huawei’s Research and Development facility in Beijing Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said the agreement signed between…

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