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Australia’s peak business organisations have united to call on governments to take urgent action to avert an imminent crisis in our apprenticeship system, one that risks leaving young people without pathways to work and many businesses unable to access the skills they need to grow.
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Training, the Hon. Karen Andrews has teamed up with host of The Block, Scott Cam, to showcase the importance and value of Australian apprenticeships.
Online learning courses on workplace flexibility and diversity and discrimination from the Fair Work Ombudsman seek to help small business understand the law.
Research collaboration between academics and industry is crucial to innovation in the construction sector according to Federal Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy, who has praised the University of Technology Sydney for its track record in forging building industry relationships.
The Turnbull Government‘s introduction of a bill to parliament that will give private training providers an additional $25 billion over 10 years as part of the VET Student Loan scheme is a disgrace, according to the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU).
The next generation of Tasmanian agricultural leaders are being encouraged to study a degree in agriculture at the University of Tasmania thanks to a $30,000 scholarship sponsored by Blundstone Australia.
"The TAFE reform announcement by NSW Skills Minister, John Barilaro, is a significant marker in the continuing focus on outcomes, innovation and customer focus for vocational education in the State," Australian Industry Group NSW Branch Head, Mark Goodsell, said.
Alarming apprenticeship statistics released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) send a clear warning to the incoming Federal Government to act urgently to reverse the rapidly declining number of apprentices across Australia, said the Housing Industry Association.
"The next Federal Government must work with business to reverse the dramatic slide in apprenticeship and traineeship numbers" the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said.
The “Redesigning VET FEE-HELP” discussion paper released by the Federal Government will help to shape vocational education and training policies that meet the needs of students, employers and service providers, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said.