Skilling Australians Fund needed to drive apprenticeship growth

The latest report on the number of apprentices and trainees currently in training provides some encouraging signs but still confirms the need for the full implementation of the Turnbull Government’s strategy to boost Vocational Education and Training (VET). Figures released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER) found there were 261,900…

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NEW EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE SOUTHERN GOLD COAST

New export opportunities, that will drive southern Gold Coast jobs, will be created following the signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11). Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, said the agreement is one of the most comprehensive trade deals concluded and will eliminate more than 98 per cent of tariffs in a trade…

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Southern Gold Coast leads the charge in jobs growth

The southern Gold Coast continues to benefit from the Turnbull Government’s job creating policies with a big fall in the area’s unemployment rate over the last year. Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, said the jobless rate in the electorate fell by 0.7 per cent in the 12 months to December 2017 to become the lowest…

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Language learning for preschoolers on the southern Gold Coast

Over 800 children at 24 preschools on the southern Gold Coast will be given the opportunity to learn a second language this year, thanks to the Turnbull Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program.  Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, said it was encouraging to see to see so many southern Gold Coast preschools taking part…

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Celebrating 2018 NAIDOC Week on the southern Gold Coast

Communities across the country will be supported to celebrate NAIDOC Week this year with a $1.4 million grants round.  Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, is encouraging communities to apply for a grant to host a local celebration here on the southern Gold Coast. “NAIDOC Week is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the history, culture…

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Supporting unpaid carers on the southern Gold Coast

Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, said unpaid carers on the southern Gold Coast would benefit from $85.6 million in additional funding for support services. Mrs Andrews said the new support services were in recognition of the important contribution unpaid carers were providing to their families, the southern Gold Coast community, and the nation. “The Turnbull…

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Protecting apprentices from dodgy trainers and employers

The Turnbull Government has a well-established track record of protecting the rights of apprentices, trainees and students engaged in vocational education and training. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews said claims by Labor Senator Doug Cameron about apprentices not being protected were beyond ridiculous given the reputational damage Labor inflicted on VET.…

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Constituency Statement: GC101

Thank you Deputy Speaker, I’d like to inform the House about a successful initiative in my home city of the Gold Coast directly related to my portfolio of Vocational Education and Skills that’s providing new opportunities for young people and helping to build a skilled workforce to support the future growth of our local industries.…

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