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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Eat Real Café providing real skills for young local students

Local businesses in Cairns are demonstrating the value that vocational education and training (VET) plays in providing clear pathways to jobs and real careers for young Australians. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch MP today took Assistant Minister for Vocational Training and Skills Karen Andrews to meet Elsa Comino and the Eat Real Café team…

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Aviation apprenticeships taking off in Cairns

Far North Queenslanders are exploring new careers in aircraft maintenance, thanks to Australia’s world-class vocational education and training (VET) system.  Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews MP, visited Hawker Pacific’s Cairns base, which employs 19 apprentices undertaking Certificate IV qualifications in Aeroskills. “By ensuring training in the proper maintenance of aircraft, these…

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Locals urged to apply for Stronger Communities Grants

Community groups and sporting clubs on the southern Gold Coast are being encouraged to nominate worthwhile local projects to be funded under round four of the highly successful Stronger Communities Program.  Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews said nominations were now open and $150,000 would once again be invested in our local community.  “The Stronger…

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A resilient VET sector holding steady

Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) system is showing its strength and resiliencewith the latest 2017 data showing student numbers are steady at 4.2 million. The report released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER),details total VET student and course figures for last year, including a stable overall studentparticipation rate at 24…

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Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program tender opens

Eligible older Australians will soon have increased support to upskill or transition into new roles and careers as the tender is released for the Australian Government’s Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program (the Program) and Skills and Training Incentive (the Incentive). The Program and Incentive were announced as part of the Federal Budget’s ‘More Choices…

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Funding extended for Skills Service Organisations

Australian industry will continue to have a strong voice in the development of modern and relevant training packages, with the Turnbull Government extending the funding arrangements for six Skills Service Organisations (SSOs).   Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said SSOs are independent, professional service organisations that support Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) to…

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