Governments need to do more to increase in apprentice numbers and improve school-leavers’ job prospects

Governments need to do more to increase in apprentice numbers and improve school-leavers’ job prospects

Students graduating from high schools this year are facing a drop in the number of apprenticeships which will limit their job prospects, the Group Training Association of Victoria said today.

Gary Workman, executive director of GTAV said that figures released today by Skills Minister Peter Hall showed that the number of apprentices in Victoria had dropped by 5 per cent over the last year. Read more ›

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Pilot Program helps school leavers take on a trade

Pilot Program helps school leavers take on a trade

Skills Minister Peter Hall visited Victoria University’s Harvester Technical College in Sunshine today to meet with participants in a Trade Experience Pilot Program.
The program being run for the first time is an initiative of the Victorian Coalition Government.

It seeks to give early school leavers the opportunity to try their hands at three or four trade areas while still being supported with literacy and numeracy skills. Read more ›

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Smart and Skilled: Reform to boost skills in NSW

Smart and Skilled: Reform to boost skills in NSW

 Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has today announced the Smart and Skilled reforms to the vocational education and training (VET) system in NSW.

“Smart and Skilled will give people the skills they need to get a job and advance their careers. It will give NSW the skills it needs for jobs now and in the future,” Mr Piccoli said.

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Skills Fund to help reduce skills shortages in TAS

The Minister for Education and Skills, Nick McKim, said today that applications are being called from public and private registered training organisations for a major skills program to reduce skills shortages and increase productivity in Tasmania.

Mr McKim said Tasmanian Government funding previously committed to the Productivity Placement Program (PPP), is supporting a new round of funded training places, to be known as the Skills Fund. Read more ›

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Phase 1 of My Skills now available

Students and employers will be able to use the Government’s new My Skills website to find information on around 5,000 training organisations.

Parliamentary Secretary for Skills, Sharon Bird, said the new site would continue to have new functions and data added to it as they become available.
“This first phase of My Skills will allow students and employers to search and view information on around 5,000 registered training organisations and around 4,900 nationally recognised qualifications and accredited courses,” Ms Bird said. Read more ›

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The value of completing

Students generally benefit from completing a vocational qualification, although the pay-off varies considerably, according to a new report by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The value of completing a VET qualification was undertaken to get a handle on whether completion matters against a background of relatively low completion rates. Read more ›

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National skills partnership set to deliver for NT

A new partnership between the Gillard Government and Northern Territory Government will see more Territorians get the training they need to secure employment.

Federal Minister for Skills, Senator Chris Evans has approved the first Implementation Plan for a state or territory under the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform worth more than $18.1 million over five years. Read more ›

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2011 financial data on public vocational education and training

Financial information for 2011 for Australia’s public vocational education and training (VET) system has been released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

Overall, operating revenues for the public VET sector were $7.869 billion in 2011, an increase of $720.5 million (10.1%) compared with 2010. Read more ›

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Early trend apprentice and trainee figures released

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has today released Apprentices and trainees 2012—early trend estimates, June quarter.

These figures provide seasonally adjusted data at the national level for apprentice and trainee commencements.

The number of trainee commencements increased to 64 600 in the June 2012 quarter, increasing from 59 800 in the March 2012 quarter.

Trainee commencements have increased in four consecutive quarters. Read more ›

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More support for WA Apprentices to complete training

Around 580 West Australian apprentices in key trades stand to benefit from a mentoring program aimed at improving apprenticeship retention rates.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Minister for Skills Senator Chris Evans and Member for Brand Gary Gray today announced the $1.1 million joint mentoring initiative that will target apprentices who need additional assistance to complete their apprenticeship.

Right now, only approximately half of all apprentices currently complete their trades training.

Mentoring is a proven way to increase these retention rates within the Australian Apprenticeship system. Read more ›

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