Soar Aviation and Box Hill TAFE students considering class action

Nerita Somers is considering joining a class action. CREDIT:SIMON SCHLUTER

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has taken to cancel Soar Aviation’s registration as a Registered Training Organisation. ASQA simultaneously has removed five aviation qualifications from Box Hill Institute’s scope of registration. The decision has impacted 400 students studying a diploma of aviation (commercial pilot licence – aeroplane) with Soar Aviation and dozens of students are now considering a class action against the provider.

Reseach shows economy losing out due to the untapped potential of migrant workers

PHOTO: Qusay Al-Turkey has been unable to find employment in his field since moving to Australia. (ABC News: Herlyn Kaur)
The study, conducted by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, found that 35 per cent of non-English-speaking migrant workers were considered over-qualified for their jobs, compared to 10 per cent of Australian-born employees.  Report author Alan Duncan of Curtin University said improved skills, coupled with better education and training, could add $6 billion to Australia’s economy.

Australian economy would benefit from giving tax breaks to employers of apprentices so they can raise their wages

Former Productivity Commission chairman Peter Harris. CREDIT:ANDREW MEARES

Peter Harris who was Australia’s former productivity boss between 2012 and 2019 says the Morrison government is failing to stimulate the economy, productivity has collapsed and wages have stagnated. 

Read more here:   https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/former-productivity-commissioner-attacks-coalition-s-economic-plan-20200114-p53rby.html    

FOI request into the hiring of Scott Cam denied by Michaelia Cash

The hiring of Scott Cam was one of the more egregious moves of last year, but according to Michaelia Cash, we can’t ask questions about it.
Employment and Skills Minister Michaelia Cash has denied a journalist’s access to information via to a Freedom of Information request regarding the hiring of Scott Cam. Cam who is well known from the TV show “The Block” was hired last year to spruik the benefits of trade apprenticeships as the National Careers Ambassador.

Read more here:  https://www.thebigsmoke.com.au/2020/01/14/michaelia-cash-refuses-foi-request-to-detail-scott-cam-hire/