GRANTS SUPPORTING SOUTHERN GOLD COAST EX-SERVICE ORGANISATIONS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, today announced that applications are now open for the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants and Grants-in-Aid for ex-service organisations. “These grants will help southern Gold Coast ex-service organisations provide vital advocacy services for current and former serving men and women which help veterans with their compensation…

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Australia’s brightest young historians recognised

From the first battle of Bullecourt, to self-sacrifice and the conscription referendum, some of Australia’s brightest young historians have been exploring the history of World War 1 as part of one of the country’s most prestigious history competitions.  Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Training representing the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham welcomed…

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AFL stars champion benefits of VET

A representative from each AFL club will champion the benefits of vocational education and training (VET) during the 2018 premiership season, as part of a partnership between AFL SportsReady and the Australian Government.  Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews visited AFL SportsReady headquarters for the launch of the first of a series…

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Working together to create 50,000 new Victorian apprenticeships

A new campaign that aims to create 50,000 apprenticeships and traineeships in Victoria by 2020 would be a shot in the arm for the state’s economy. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, today helped launch the ‘Apprenticeships for all Victorians’ campaign, run by Apprenticeships Matter.  Minister Andrews said it dovetails with the…

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New, comprehensive voice for aged care skills and workforce planning

An Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is being formed to tackle critical skills and workforce issues identified by the Turnbull Government’s Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce. The new IRC will include consumer advocates, peak industry bodies and employer and employee representatives. The IRC will be established by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to review…

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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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