Opening of the Inaugural 2017 VET in Schools Forum

This is a terrific occasion — an inaugural gathering of people dedicated to advancing vocational education and training in schools. I note that we have teachers, trainers, industry representatives, work placement providers, training package developers and members of education authorities here in the room. You are doing the creative thinking, the advocating, the innovating and…

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Opening of the 2017 AMSI Winter School

I am honoured to be invited here today to open AMSI’s 2017 Winter School on the Computational Foundations of Data Science.  It’s also a pleasure to be back here at the Queensland University of Technology from where I graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in 1983. I especially welcome all the students and early career researchers…

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Veterans’ Health Week to promote physical activity in veterans

Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, today said Government grants are available to support events organised by local Ex-Service Organisations and community groups on the southern Gold Coast for Veterans’ Health Week 2017. Veterans Health Week (VHW) will run from Saturday, 21 October, to Sunday, 29 October, with the theme of ‘physical activity’. Mrs Andrews…

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Trade workshops open at Nerang State High School

State-of-the-art engineering and construction workshops at Nerang State High School were officially opened today and will help put students on the path to a rewarding job and career. Federal Member for McPherson and Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews officially opened the new facilities as part of the $2.2 million GC Resource…

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Gold Coast Trades College Graduation

Good afternoon.  It’s a real honour for me to be here with you for your graduation as both the local federal member and the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills.   Congratulations on having completed your training – and congratulations on choosing vocational education and training as part of your study. What you learn here will…

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Australian Hairdressing Industry Conference Speech

It’s a pleasure to be here with you today at the Australian Hairdressing Industry Conference. Hairdressing and hairstyling are services that nearly everyone uses at some point in their lives – whether they’re a toddler, a retiree, or somewhere in between. I am just one of the many enthusiastic consumers of your services.  Yours is…

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Review of national vocational education legislation

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews today announced a major review of the legislative framework governing the regulation of Australia’s VET sector. “I have appointed Valerie Braithwaite, Professor at the Australian National University’s School of Regulation and Global Governance, to lead the review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act…

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