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Over $3 billion for skills done and dusted

There are still butchers and bakers a plenty. Vehicle painters, however, have mostly replaced candlestick makers. And there will likely soon be more of them, thanks to a new agreement. The government’s $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund, which will deliver 300,000 new apprenticeships over ...

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“Steady growth” across TAFE NSW enrolments

A growth in infrastructure projects is driving enrolment growth in trade qualifications, with an increase of at least 10 per cent across carpentry, plumbing and electrical trades. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian and minister for skills Adam Marshall unveiled ...

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NCVER launches 20 year snapshot of VET

In an Australian first, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released an interactive timeline of Australia’s VET policies, programs and initiatives over the past two decades. The 20-year-snapshot of the nation’s vocational training history was developed to ...

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VET sector failing disadvantaged students

NSW VET isn’t doing right by Aboriginal students, and those experiencing disabilities, mental health issues and homelessness. Youth Action, Uniting and Mission Australia came to this conclusion after surveying disadvantaged young people, as well as 50 individuals from organisations that assist them. Their ...

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NAEN backs calls for VET review

New reports suggest the VET sector may be reviewed and overhauled within the next 12 months. Recommendations to review the sector were published as part of Innovation and Science Australia’s latest report: Australia 2030: Prosperity Through Innovation. The report has ...

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Apprenticeship mentoring program funded

The National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) has this week welcomed $60 million worth of funding for a new mentoring and support program for apprentices. Assistant minister for vocational education and skills Karen Andrews, announced the Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian ...

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NSW apprenticeships get a makeover

Changes made to the state’s apprenticeship system aim to make it more responsive to the demands of the workplace, skills minister John Barilaro says. The new laws governing NSW apprenticeships were drafted and passed by parliament in the form of ...

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STEM graduates solve social problems

Staged in Canberra recently, the Battle of the Innovators competition saw Australia’s STEM graduates prove their worth in the form of solutions to the nation’s social problems. Hosted by the Department of Human Services, the event has been running for ...

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Education spending ‘incoherent’: Mitchell Institute

An education policy and research body has rebuked the government for its approach to sector funding, calling it “disjointed”. Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute, in its report, Expenditure on Education and Training in Australia 2017, based its view on 2015-16 federal, state ...

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