Getting set for a global future with a VET pathway

Delivering skills for a global future is the topic on everyone’s lips at the 27th National Vocational Education and Training Research (“No Frills”) Conference underway in Sydney. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, addressed the annual conference of researchers and practitioners in the vocational education and training (VET) sector. “Australia’s VET sector…

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Successful tuition protection program to expand

•        The Tuition Protection Service (TPS) for international students will be expanded to protect VET Student Loans and non-university higher education (NUHEP) FEE-HELP students. •        The new tuition assurance arrangements will begin on 1 January 2019.•        Providers will pay levies to fund tuition assurance arrangements as required.  The…

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A more sustainable higher education system

The Turnbull Government’s plan for a more sustainable higher education student loans scheme has passed the Parliament, ensuring future generations have access to study opportunities at Australia’s world-class institutions.  Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, welcomed the plan and said it ensured Australia’s higher education loan system was accessible and sustainable.  “The…

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VET Student Loan provider applications open for Round 3

High-quality training providers that wish to be involved in the Australian Government’s VET Student Loans (VSL) program are invited to apply for the third formal application round which is now open.  Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said the VSL program, with its stronger focus on quality, was helping restore the integrity…

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Completion rates significantly higher under VET Student Loans

The VET Student Loans (VSL) program continues to deliver improved outcomes, with a significantly higher percentage of students successfully completing units of study under VSL than the failed VET FEE HELP (VFH) scheme. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said the VET Student Loans six monthly report for 1 January 2018 to 30…

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Completion rates in VET on the rise

The increasing percentage of students expected to complete their Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications shows the sector is going from strength to strength.  New figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) predict a 5.2 per cent increase in completion rates for those who commenced a Certificate I or above in 2016.…

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Students set their sights on studying STEM in schools

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, today visited Elanora State School on the Gold Coast to promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) learning as part of National Science Week. STEM in Schools events are taking place at more than 350 locations around Australia, with many parliamentarians joining STEM professionals who will…

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Grants to support local community volunteers now open

Community organisations on the southern Gold Coast are being encouraged to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to assist the work of their volunteers. Member for McPherson Karen Andrews said the funding is being provided under a new $20 million round of the Coalition’s very popular Volunteer Grants.  “This is a great opportunity…

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New indigenous VET journeys begin at picturesque Mossman Gorge

Queensland’s Mossman Gorge provided a stunning backdrop today as six young Indigenous people commenced their apprenticeship journeys in the hospitality industry. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, and Federal Member for Leichhardt the Hon Warren Entsch MP visited Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia to meet the new apprentices and trainees. Minister Andrews said…

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