Shop small and local this Christmas

As Australians prepare to spend around $50 billion in the six week lead-up to Christmas Day, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, and Federal Member for McPherson the Hon Karen Andrews MP, has urged Gold Coast locals to shop small in our community. “The coming month is when many Gold Coast businesses take risks,…

Details

Grants available to support volunteers on the Gold Coast

Community organisations on the Gold Coast are encouraged to apply for a grant of up to $5000 to assist the work of their devoted volunteers.   Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews said the funding is being provided under a $10 million Volunteer Grant funding round, announced…

Details

$4 million boost for Australia’s growing citizen science movement

From classifying galaxies to counting koalas across the country, recording rainfall or sleeping habits, citizen science projects give Australians the chance to contribute to scientific research.   The Turnbull Government will provide $4 million in Citizen Science Grants, over four years, to support more opportunities for the public to collaborate with researchers on high-quality, nationally…

Details

Modelling positive outcomes for young NT apprentices

Meeting local apprentices, businesses and training providers in Darwin this week has reinforced the vital role vocational education and training and Australian Apprenticeships plays, Assistant Minister Karen Andrews said.   Rounding out her visit with a meeting today with GTNT, the Northern Territory’s largest employer of apprentices and trainees, Minister Andrews said she has seen…

Details

Australia’s most skilled recognised nationally

Australia’s most talented apprentices, trainees, VET students, skills and training teachers, businesses, and training providers were honoured at the 2016 Australian Training Awards in Darwin tonight. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said the strong field of finalists showed what can be achieved with vocational education and training (VET). “I believe in…

Details

Launch of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews MP said veterans and current Australian Defence Force personnel on the Gold Coast would benefit from employment initiatives the Prime Minister announced today. Minister Andrews called on local businesses to recognise the unique skills Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel bring to…

Details

Scott Cam promotes opportunities from apprenticeships

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Training, the Hon. Karen Andrews has teamed up with host of The Block, Scott Cam, to showcase the importance and value of Australian Apprenticeships.   ‘Scotty’ Cam is not only host of the hit TV show, he is also an active Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador in his free time. He…

Details

Remembrance Day 2016

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, is encouraging the community to honour Remembrance Day and remember every Australian who has made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our nation. “Remembrance Day on Friday November 11 marks 98 years since the Armistice that ended the…

Details

Putting industry at the centre of training

The Turnbull Government today announced the final Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) that will work with industry in developing training packages. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills the Hon. Karen Andrews MP said Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) would establish a SSO to service the manufacturing sector, bringing the total number of SSOs announced…

Details