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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New Commissioner joins the Australian Skills Quality Authority

Dr Irene Ioannakis, a highly regarded leader in education and training with over 30 years of experience, has been appointed a commissioner of the vocational education and training (VET) independent regulator.  Dr Ioannakis was today announced as a commissioner of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), which is integral to ensuring the reputation and integrity…

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Next generation motor mechanics get green light in Logan

State-of-the-art workshops providing valuable training opportunities for students in Logan were officially opened today. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews opened the new facilities as part of the $2.4 million Logan Logistical Trades Skills Centre.  “These fantastic new facilities give students at Woodridge State High School, as well as Browns Plains State…

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Strengthening VET will support our rapidly changing economy

The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, has outlined the crucial role of VET as Australia’s economy undergoes rapid change and technology alters the nature of work. “As the economy continues its structural adjustment due to the end of the mining boom, it is the VET sector that can provide the tools…

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New Prep Centre for King’s Christian College

Students and staff at King’s Christian College in the electorate of McPherson will have full use of a newly constructed Prep Centre which includes five classrooms, student and staff amenities, three storerooms and a veranda area thanks to funding from the Turnbull Government. The Hon Karen Andrews MP officially opened the new facility in Reedy…

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More Australians taking up government-funded training

A report by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research has found 1.3 million Australians were enrolled in government-funded vocational education in 2016, an increase of 3.3 per cent compared to 2015.  Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said the report, ‘Government-Funded Students and Courses 2016’ is an excellent snapshot of Commonwealth,…

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Applications open for federal Stronger Communities Program grants

Community groups and sporting clubs on the southern Gold Coast are being encouraged to nominate worthwhile local projects as part of round three of the highly successful Stronger Communities Program.  Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews said up to 50 per cent of project costs could be funded under the program.  “The Stronger Communities Program…

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Grants available for Supporting Younger Veterans

Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, is encouraging community and ex-service organisations on the southern Gold Coast to apply for grants for projects that deliver services to support younger veterans.     Mrs Andrews said the Supporting Younger Veterans (SYV) grants program recognises the importance of the transition phase for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel as they…

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WorldSkills competition showcases skilled Australians

Australia’s leading apprentices have taken on competitors from more than 15 countries to earn a place to represent their country on the international stage. The WorldSkills Australia 2017 Global Skills Challenge, held in Newcastle this week, saw more than 300 competitors, experts and interpreters from different nations take part in a simulated international competition, across…

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