Banaam Our Connections, Our Futures symposium

**Check against delivery** Introduction Thank you for the invitation to attend your symposium this morning.  It’s an honour to be here to talk about the value and importance of vocational education and training, and how it can lead to meaningful and sustainable employment. I’m thrilled to be part of a regional event that is showing real innovation and…

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Celebrations as one-millionth apprentice signs-up

Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology apprentice Mr Kyal Gunn is the one-millionth apprentice to be signed up with Apprenticeship Network Provider MEGT.  Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews was in Docklands, Melbourne today to mark the significant milestone for Kyal and MEGT.   “MEGT is the largest contracted provider of support services to employers…

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A vision for VET – building on the past, securing our future

Today Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews outlined a vision for a strong, flexible and high quality vocational education and training (VET) system—one that delivers real skills for real careers.  A vision that builds on the Australian Government’s work to restore VET’s reputation for excellence and quality, and boost apprenticeship and traineeship…

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Grants for volunteer organisations on the Southern Gold Coast

Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, has called on community organisations on the Southern Gold Coast to apply for grant funding to support the efforts of their volunteers. Mrs Andrews said the Turnbull Government was providing $20 million worth of grants valued between $1,000 and $5,000 to not-for-profit organisations. “The grants can be used towards the…

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Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors Roundtable

Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors gathered today at Parliament House for a roundtable event to share their experiences in the vocational education and training sector. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews MP said seventeen ambassadors met to discuss their VET experiences and explain how apprenticeships and traineeships had changed their lives, and to discuss…

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TEMAG Forum 2018 – 26 June 2018

As you all know, over the years, there have been many reviews looking at initial teacher education and many more recommendations on how to improve the quality of teachers entering our classrooms.   With the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) report, for the first time, we have made real progress in implementing a major report…

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