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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ILS must come with conditions imposed

Federal Member for McPherson, Hon Karen Andrews, is calling for strict conditions to be imposed on the use of a new Instrument Landing System (ILS) if it’s introduced to the Gold Coast airport. A final decision on whether the ILS will be made by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal next month. “All possible steps should be…

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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,…

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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…

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$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…

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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…

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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…

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Career education roundtable to help young people for life beyond school

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews MP today kicked off a national conversation on preparing students for life beyond the classroom.   Minister Andrews joined educators, industry and career representatives and parents in Darwin, for a roundtable discussion on the development of a new National Career Education Strategy.   “The Government is…

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