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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Skilling Australians Fund to boost Queensland apprentice numbers

The Turnbull Government will create an extra 60,000 apprentices and trainees in Queensland over the next four years through a record funding deal announced in last year’s Budget. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said claims today from the Queensland Minister Shannon Fentiman are woefully misleading. “Queensland will be a key beneficiary…

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