South Australia commits to apprentices and Skilling Australians Fund

Australia is now a step closer to meeting its skills needs with South Australia signing on to the Turnbull Government’s Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) National Partnership Agreement. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews said the signing of the National Partnership Agreement with the South Australian Government signals the start of a joint…

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Industry leaders reappointed to Australian Industry and Skills Committee

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews MP, today announced the reappointment of business leader, John Pollaers, as Chair of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).  Tara Diamond has also been reappointed as the Commonwealth representative to AISC. “With their strong leadership and wealth of industry experience, Professor Pollaers, Ms Diamond and…

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New figures show increased uptake in Apprenticeships

A growing number of people are commencing vocational education and training according to new data released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), with 35,945 trade and non-trade commencements in the December 2017 quarter. The release of Apprentices and trainees 2017: December quarter shows that at the end of last year, there were…

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START-UPS ON THE SOUTHERN GOLD COAST GET A BOOST FROM GOVERNMENT

Regional incubators on the Southern Gold Coast will be given additional assistance to apply for the Incubator Support initiative to improve their commercial prospects.  A new regional specialist will be appointed to assist local incubators through the application process.  The Regional Innovation Facilitator will provide advice, help people develop professional networks in Australia and overseas,…

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Celebrating 20 years of support for Australian Apprenticeships

This month marks 20 years of Australian Government support for apprenticeships. From 1998, when New Apprenticeship Centres were first opened, to today over 2.5 million Australian Apprentices have completed their training. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said this milestone represented 20 years of apprentices following their dreams.  “The apprenticeship is a…

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Time running out to find Australia’s best VET students and trainers

Training organisations, businesses, schools and individuals with a great story to tell about Vocational Education and Training (VET) are urged to apply for the nation’s preeminent training awards. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said time was running out for direct entries into the Australian Training Awards, which close on May 31.…

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Legal resources for volunteer organisations on the Southern Gold Coast

Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, said free legal resources would be made available to community organisations on the Southern Gold Coast to better support volunteers. Mrs Andrews said the Turnbull Government was investing $250,000 to fund the delivery of online legal resources to help not-for-profit organisations and volunteers. Justice Connect will provide legal support…

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