Speech to TDA Conference

Thank you, Mary for your kind introduction and thank you for the opportunity to be with you today. It’s always important to come and hear about the issues affecting our public training providers.  Looking around the room I can see representatives from government, industry and the skills training sector from Australia and across the world. …

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Tenders called for new apprentice mentoring program

The Turnbull Government is taking another important step in its plan to help thousands of Australians complete apprenticeships and traineeships to secure jobs and careers. Tenders are being called to provide intensive early support for apprentices and trainees, as part of the Government’s Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices program.  Assistant Minister for Vocational Education…

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Local businesses encouraged to nominate for Veteran’s employment awards

Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews has called on businesses and veterans on the southern Gold Coast to nominate for the inaugural Veterans’ Employment Awards. Mrs Andrews said the Veterans’ Employment Awards recognise businesses and organisations that created employment opportunities for veterans and spouses of serving Defence members. It would also recognise veterans who had…

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Launch of Adult Learners Week 2017

Good afternoon, and thank you for inviting me to launch Adult Learners Week for 2017, and thank you to all of you for being here today. I acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, and pay my respects to Elders past, present and future. I also acknowledge all Aboriginal and…

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VET Student Loans Provider Application round open

Quality training providers are invited to apply to become eligible to offer VET Student Loans under the Turnbull Government’s new sustainable, student-focused vocational education and training system. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews , said the second formal application round is an important integrity measure to ensure only high quality training providers…

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Welcome Home Andy Lamont

Watch the video of this speech on my Facebook page. In March this year, I spoke in this chamber about Andy Lamont, an intrepid adventurer from my electorate of McPherson, on the Gold Coast. Andy Lamont is a 54-year-old husband, father and grandfather from the southern Gold Coast. A pest controller by trade he also…

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Final report under failed VET FEE-HELP scheme released

Reforms implemented by the Coalition Government to stop the haemorrhaging in the VET FEE HELP scheme ahead of its eventual scrapping had a significant positive impact in addressing problems caused by Labor’s failed policy. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews MP, said the 2016 VET FEE-HELP Statistical Report showed the measures the…

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Consultation commences on revised ASQA fees and charges

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) will this week commence consultation with the vocational education and training (VET) sector on a proposed schedule of revised fees and charges to come into effect from 1 January 2018. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said the proposed fees and charges would provide an additional…

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