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‘Elephant’ in the room for Australia’s VET sector

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Whilst Australia’s VET sector has been plagued with poor behaviour and outcomes for students over VET FEE-HELP there was an elephant in the room at the recent COAG Industry and Skills Council meeting.

With discussion on the recent budget announcement about the Skilling Australians Fund aiming to prioritise apprenticeships and traineeships in high demand there are two key questions to ask:

  1. what evidence do we have of demand? and;
  2. the fund, “…will be financed by the Government’s reforms that require employers who nominate foreign workers under the new Temporary Skill Shortage visa and certain permanent visas to pay a Skilling Australians Fund contribution from March 2018.”

That seems like a very precarious link!Apprenticeship

Council highlighted that, “Importantly project proposals will need to demonstrate engagement with, and support from, employers and industry.”

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WorkReady – stalemate to solution for South Australia

By | Australian Apprenticeships, Reform, Training Packages, Vocational Education and Training | 3 Comments

On Friday Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham published a media release title The Training Ball is in Your Court Jay and clearly he is not impressed.

The Advertiser published the story, State Government’s decision to redirect training funding away from private providers to TAFE could see Canberra withhold its $65 million.Flickr_-_law_keven_-_Let's_go_to_work....

Minister Gail Gago’s press release back on 21 May 2015 had the headline New list of subsidised training courses focuses on jobs and with Jay Weatherill arriving back from the China delegation on the weekend a formal response hasn’t yet been seen but no doubt it will soon. Read More

VET in School gets you ahead

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Vocational Education and Training (VET) is tertiary education which offers training and development in technical skills and job related skills.IMG_9268

VET is run, supported and managed by a collaboration of individuals and organisations.  These VET authorities work to keep competencies and qualifications relevant and to provide an opportunity for young people to get ahead in their career.

VET is a great avenue for any young person looking to develop work based skills, and in this blog we will go through some examples and benefits of VET in schools. Read More

How hiring apprentices helps your business to grow

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Want to grow your business?

Businesses often talk about being focussed on growth, and people talk about being busy, but how can you grow your business cost effectively and sustainably?

Glenn TarawaThere is a well-kept secret to expanding your human resources support.  What is it?  Well it’s hiring an apprentice or trainee to automate and organise your business and your life.

In this blog you’ll discover all of the benefits to hiring an apprentice or trainee and we’ll focus specifically on the benefits of hiring a School Based Apprentice (SBA). Read More

Key messages from the Group Training Association of Victoria’s STATE CONFERENCE

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Shepparton 19-20 June 2014 #GTAVCONFERENCE

Recently I had the pleasure of MCing the GTAV State Conference with welcoming colleagues and an interesting agenda.

GTAV Chair, Dean Luciani welcomed participants and then handed over to me to open the conference and introduce the speakers.

Throughout the conference I tweeted key messages and insights as captured below.

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Shadow Minister Steven Herbert, Shadow Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Shadow Minister for the Teaching Profession outlined his party’s approach to VET and Australia Apprentices,

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