Weatherill and Gago have questions to answer on WorkReady

Labor’s new skills and employment policy, WorkReady, appears to reduce the opportunity for both students and employers to choose the provider they wish to use whilst still attracting a subsidy for training. Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, said students and employers should be empowered and supported to access the most relevant,…

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Government committed to training and apprenticeships

Data released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) underscores the importance of the Australian Government’s significant reforms to support for apprentices and their employers. The Apprentices and trainees 2014 December quarter report shows that the decline in the number of people in training that started under Labor in 2012, has continued,…

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First Global Skills Training Forum held in Melbourne

Three Global Skills Training Forums will continue to ensure Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) system has every opportunity to contribute to the National Strategy for International Education. Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, was in Melbourne today for the first of three Global Skills Training Forums. Senator Birmingham said Australia is…

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Weatherill Backflip Exposes Fraudulent Campaign

The State Labor Government has performed a clear backflip today and is treating South Australians like mugs by pretending to provide a “new” pensioner concession in an embarrassing face saving exercise. The truth is this is the pensioner concession for council rates by another name, and this move has exposed their multimillion dollar scare campaign…

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Mobility Grants Open up a World of Study Opportunities

Australian vocational education and training (VET) students have the chance to pick up valuable new skills through exciting overseas study opportunities in 2016. Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, said the 2016 Endeavour Mobility Grants will provide around $8.3 million to support at least 2500 Australian VET, undergraduate and postgraduate students in…

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Next Step to Strengthen VET Reform Process

The next step in the Australian Government’s VET reforms will be taken this week when the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment (Enforcement) Regulation 2015 is tabled before both Houses of Parliament.  The Regulation was tabled in the Senate this morning and will be tabled in the House of Representatives tomorrow.  Since April 2…

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New industry and skills committee to strengthen VET

A new industry and skills committee has been established to provide effective industry leadership to the vocational education and training (VET) sector in Australia.  The announcement coincides with the COAG Industry and Skills Committee meeting being held in Melbourne today. Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, announced the composition of the Australian…

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Skills Ministers agree to simpler, more responsive training system

Vocational students and employers will have a simpler, more responsive national training system under projects agreed today by Commonwealth, State and Territory Skills Ministers. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham chaired today’s meeting of Skills Ministers as part of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council. “Vocational education and…

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