Update from Assistant Minister Andrews on Skills Reform

Since I became Assistant Minister, I have met with many of the key stakeholders in this sector through roundtable discussions, forums and site visits. I have also had the opportunity to meet with many students undertaking vocational education and apprentices involved in training. These consultations have identified the importance of strong industry engagement and responsiveness…

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Nominations now open to recognise outstanding locals

Nominations are now open for the 2017 McPherson Community Achiever Awards which recognise residents who make outstanding contributions to our community.  Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon Karen Andrews MP says the awards highlight the great contribution volunteers make to their organisations, clubs and groups.  “Australians are well known for their unwavering support and hours…

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Strengthening skills and training ties with Indonesia

The strengths of the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) system and opportunities for Australia to support Indonesia to meet its skills needs have been the focus of Ministerial talks in Indonesia this week. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews today completed a successful visit to Jakarta after leading the Vocational Education…

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Gold Coast jobless rate among lowest in country

Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon. Karen Andrews, says the latest regional breakdown of unemployment figures has delivered more good news for Gold Coast job seekers. “The overall unemployment rate for the Gold Coast in January fell to 4.0 per cent compared to 6.3 per cent for the same month last year, giving the region…

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Good news for Gold Coast in latest international student figures

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon. Karen Andrews, has welcomed new figures revealing a strong increase in international students numbers in Australia.  “In Queensland, the number of international students rose by 8.7 per cent in 2016 with all universities recording an increase in their international numbers, including…

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Metals to the grind for Tweed River High students

Tweed River High School students are benefitting from a new automotive and engineering centre thanks to a $1 million investment from the Federal Government. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, today visited the facility which is creating pathways for local automotive and engineering students into valued careers. “The Turnbull Government is committed…

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New strategy charting a fresh course to career education

A new working group established by the Turnbull Government has met for the first time to map out a national strategy to transform the delivery of career education to students and better prepare them for life beyond school. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews said the National Career Education Strategy Working Group…

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Gold Coast Pop-up Science Centre for National Science Week

Griffith University Gold Coast will bring the fun of National Science Week to the Gold Coast after receiving $20,000 from the Australian Government to deliver the Pop-Up Science Centre. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon. Karen Andrews, congratulated Griffith University for its efforts to inspire people about…

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Labor’s dismal record on apprenticeships

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Training, the Hon Karen Andrews, says Australians should not be fooled by Bill Shorten’s speech to the National Press Club today. “Labor is no friend of apprentices and they have the dismal record to show it,” Minister Andrews said. “With Bill Shorten playing a lead role, Labor ripped $1.2…

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