Address to 20th Conference of Education Ministers

Thank-you for that introduction. Thank you to Madam Chair, the Fijian Government, Secretary-General and Commonwealth Secretariat participants for your respective notes in this excellent conference. I am delighted to be here today to speak about Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) and skills. As many, if not all, here today would agree, technical and vocational skills…

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2018 CCEM Presentation

Thank-you for that introduction. Thank you to Madam Chair, the Fijian Government, Secretary-General and Commonwealth Secretariat participants for your respective notes in this excellent conference. I am delighted to be here today to speak about Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) and skills.   As many, if not all, here today would agree, technical and vocational skills…

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Education and skills key to meeting 21st century challenges

A meeting of education ministers from Commonwealth nations provides an opportunity to learn from others and share the important work being done to boost Australia’s skills base, and how it could help communities strengthen their workforces around the world.  Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, is attending the 20th Conference of Commonwealth…

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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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