NZ reforms vocational education and training sector

NZ reforms vocational education and training sector

The Education Amendment Bill has been passed which includes establishing workforce development councils and centres of vocational excellence introducing a new focus for the government on trades and vocational education. Under the bill the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology will bring together all 16 polytechnics and institutes of technology to provide, arrange and support vocational education and training across the country.

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Indonesia and Australia formalise trade agreement incorporating skills and vocational education

Indonesia and Australia recently ratified the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). The countries have agreed to a skills development package, which includes a skills exchange program and technical assistance to improve institutional capacity building. Australian businesses can now own a majority share in investments in the vocational education and training sector.

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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.

Funding for vocational education and training (VET) at a 10 year low

Mitchell Institute releases new report and sounds VET funding alarm
The Mitchell Institute recently shared the results of the Australian Investment in Education: Vocational Education and Training Report, showing that Vocational Education and Training (VET) funding has reached its lowest level in more than a decade, 
leaving Australia at risk of failing to provide high-quality training for an estimated 45% of new jobs in need of VET qualifications.  

Growing skills crisis in Australia

A report commissioned by Deloitte released this year suggests that over the next decade, Australia will face significant skills shortages. And while the government has a significant role to play, addressing the human skills shortage is everyone’s responsibility. Businesses, and even individuals, have the opportunity to proactively focus on human skills. Doing so could unlock more human capital to power the economy going forward.”

Apprentice and trainee experience and destinations 2019

Nearly nine in ten (87.7%) apprentices and trainees who complete their training are employed afterwards, with those who secure full-time work earning a median annual income of $59 600, according to a new report released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The report Apprentice and Trainee Experience and Destinations 2019 also shows that for those employed full-time after their training, the median annual income of completers was $12,700 more than for non-completers.

“Outcomes for completers in trade occupations are particularly good, with 91.5 percent employed after training and 84.2 percent in full-time work with a median annual income $62 800,” said Simon Walker, Managing Director, NCVER.

“Completers in non-trade occupations also do well, with 85.0 percent employed after training and 59.9 percent in full-time work earning a median annual income of $54 700.”

The report shows there are a range of reasons why apprentices and trainees don’t complete their training, from realising they don’t like the work to not getting on with the boss or other people in their workplace.

Apprentice and Trainee Experience and Destinations 2019 summarises the responses of over 11 000 apprentices and trainees who completed (completers) or cancelled or withdrew (non-completers) from an apprenticeship or traineeship during 2018.

The data was collected in mid-2019 as part of the Apprentice and Trainee Experience and Destination Survey.

The full report and more information about the survey are available on our Portal.

For more information on apprentice and trainee commencement and completion rates, view the latest Apprentices and Trainees 2019 quarterly report, released in early December.

For more general information on VET student outcomes andsatisfaction with training, view VET student outcomes 2019.

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Queensland International Education and Training Partnership Fund – Partnership Fund 2019–2020

Queensland International Education and Training Partnership Fund - Partnership Fund 2019–2020

Round 1 now open

Funding allocation is available for projects that are relevant to the following priority themes: Talent and employability; Industry partnerships; International partnerships; International engagement; Student experience. The IET Partnership Fund is designed to support consortia (of at least two parties) in the education sector to deliver projects to drive sustainable growth in the international education sector in Queensland. The IET Partnership Fund is managed by Study Queensland within Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ). Applications for Round 1 close on 20 December 2019.

Federal Government push to get young people to take up apprenticeships

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