Tasmanian apprentices benefit from new mentoring program

Tasmanian apprentices are now benefitting from a new $60 million Federal Government initiative to support them through their training and give them the best possible chance of securing a great job and career. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills today visited a residential construction site at Mount Nelson to meet one of the first…

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Completion rates on the rise under VET Student Loans

New figures confirm a significantly higher percentage of students are successfully completing units of study under the Coalition Government’s VET Student Loans (VSL) program, than they were under Labor’s failed VET FEE HELP scheme. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews said the second VET Student Loans Six Monthly report, released today, showed…

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New ASQA Commissioner and Deputy Chief Commissioner

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews has today announced the appointment of a new Commissioner to the independent vocational education and training (VET) regulator.  Ms Saxon Rice, a respected leader with experience in VET, government and management, has been appointed as the Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).…

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Skilling Australians Fund to boost Queensland apprentice numbers

The Turnbull Government will create an extra 60,000 apprentices and trainees in Queensland over the next four years through a record funding deal announced in last year’s Budget. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said claims today from the Queensland Minister Shannon Fentiman are woefully misleading. “Queensland will be a key beneficiary…

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New apprentices to benefit from intensive support

Over 40,000 apprentices in industries undergoing structural change are set to benefit from intensive support in their first two years of training Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews announced the commencement of the program at Gold Coast tourism icon Sea World, alongside ambitious apprentices who is developing their skills and contributing to…

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Local Drug Action Team applications open for community groups on southern Gold Coast

  The Hon. Karen Andrews MP  Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for McPherson  The Hon. Greg Hunt MP  Minister for Health  MEDIA RELEASE  18 January 2018  Local Drug Action Team applications open for community groups on southern Gold Coast  The Turnbull Government is continuing to take action to combat the scourge of ice and other illicit drugs with…

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NVETR Act review extension

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews today announced a short extension for the review into the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (NVETR Act). Minister Andrews said, due to a health issue, Professor Valerie Braithwaite is being granted an additional period of time to complete the review of the legislative…

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Training graduates make the most of new online records system

Australia’s Unique Student Identifier (USI) system is proving a success for thousands of students and registered training organisations. More than a quarter of a million USI transcripts having been viewed to date. A USI transcript is a clear, easy-to-understand summary of a person’s nationally recognised training. In May this year, a new service was introduced…

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Short courses, training product reform in the spotlight

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews is encouraging vocational education and training (VET) stakeholders to have their say on proposed reforms to ensure students receive high quality training that is responsive to the changing needs of industry. Public consultation opens tomorrow on two important aspects of the VET system – training products,…

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