Honouring our local military history and personnel

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon Karen Andrews MP is asking local community groups to apply for Australian Government grants to support projects that honour Australia’s military history and personnel. Minister Andrews said the Government awarded more than $15,000 of grants to community groups in the McPherson…

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Surge in training commencements for non-trade careers

New data released today has revealed an 11.3 per cent increase in the number of Australians commencing training in non-trade professions compared to the same time last year. The largest growth areas were for sales assistants, mining and construction labourers, carers and aides, marking a second consecutive quarter of growth for non-trade professions.  The data,…

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Supporting our female STEM leaders of tomorrow

More than 50 girls from across the country will today indulge their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the Curious Minds Summer School hosted by the University of New South Wales.    Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said the second Curious Minds Summer School would give 54 Year…

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New Chief Commissioner to lead the Australian Skills Quality Authority

The Turnbull Government has confirmed two key appointments to Australia’s national regulator of vocational education and training. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews MP announced Mark Paterson AO has been appointed the new Chief Commissioner of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) from January 1, 2017.  “Mr Paterson’s contribution as an ASQA…

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Foundation skills programs put students on path to success

This December thousands of migrants and students will celebrate their graduation from two long standing English language, literacy, numeracy and workplace skills programs. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews today congratulated students at a TAFE Queensland graduation ceremony for the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and the Skills for Education and Employment…

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Improving Natural Disaster Resilience for the Southern Gold Coast

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon Karen Andrews MP has welcomed today’s Commonwealth-State joint-funding announcement to assist the McPherson community to build resilience to natural disasters. The project is jointly supported with Commonwealth and Queensland State Government funding as part of the $52 million national partnership agreement…

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