Chinese students returning to their studies in Australia

Chinese students returning to their studies in Australia
Universities and other international education providers such as TAFE’s are encouraged by the large number of students arriving to recommence their courses however, the sector has warned tens of thousands are still missing out on their studies and providers will feel the impact. Approximately 75,000 students are still stuck offshore and some are looking to study in other countries, including Britain and Canada, which had not imposed travel bans like Australia.  

Shot in the arm for apprentices as part of governments COVID-19 response

Shot in the arm for apprentices as part of governments COVID-19 response
Scott Morrison will fund $1.3 billion in wage subsidies for apprentices as part of Thursday’s coronavirus economic stimulus package. The Prime Minister, Scot Morrison has pledged $1.3 billion in wage subsidies for apprentices as part of his government’s coronavirus economic stimulus package. According to the PM, 117,000 apprentices would be supported by the federal government to ensure there were few job losses at small firms with 20 or less employees.

Cam defends his role as the federal government’s national careers ambassador

Cam defends his role as the federal government's national careers ambassador
Block host Scott Cam has denied claims he’s “getting paid and doing no work” suggesting such criticism is completely unfair with much of his focus on a careers portal yet to launch. According to Cam the careers portal isn’t ready until July with the government just about to launch it. Cam has at least another nine public appearances scheduled for the coming months, including the National Careers Week and National Skills Week and the Australian Training Awards.

Skill shortages blamed for lack of tradies

Skill shortages blamed for lack of tradies
Apprenticeships across the country are falling at an alarming rate, with the skills shortage hitting homeowners and businesses. Some businesses have reported having to turn away thousands of dollars worth of work due to a lack of tradesman to complete, with some claiming they could have grown their business by 40 per cent. 

Record penalty of $26m ordered against failed training provider

Record penalty of $26m ordered against failed training provider
Record penalty of $26m ordered against failed training provider
Record penalty of $26m ordered against failed training provider
Cornerstone Investment Aust Pty Ltd (in liq) trading as Empower had its RTO registration cancelled by ASQA in 2016. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) brought proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Empower for their questionable recruitment and enrolment practices of their online vocational education and training (VET) courses. Only 42 of the over 4,000 consumers enrolled in its VET courses completed their course. The Federal Court of Australia’s recent order for a record $26.5 million against Empower comprises a penalty of A$25 million in relation to its system of unconscionable conduct, and A$100,000 for each instance of unconscionable conduct in respect of individual consumers (with none ‘any less disgraceful’ than the other).

Who is to blame for Australia’s growing skills mismatch?

Who is to blame for Australia's growing skills mismatch?
Employers in this country have for a while been lamenting the mismatch between the skills people have and the ones they require both now and into the future. The VET sector has borne much of the blame for the skills mismatch and there has been countless papers on how VET needs to evolve to meet employers’ needs.

New strategy to boost Australia’s international education market

New strategy to boost Australia’s international education market
The Federal Government wants to expand Australia’s English language teaching sector as an attempt to diversify the international market for education.

A soon to be released strategy sets out a guiding framework to secure access to new markets and maintain the nation’s reputation as one of the world’s leading English teaching providers. Education Minister Dan Tehan will release the draft road map towards making Australia the “destination of choice” for aspiring English learners by 2025 and grow the sector already worth some $2.4 billion each year.

Read more here: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/federal-government-push-to-expand-english-language-teaching-sector

Education sector heading toward crisis as a result of China travel ban

Education section heading toward crisis as a result of China travel ban
An estimated half of the total number of Chinese students studying in Australia have been impacted by the extended travel ban. It has been suggested that higher education and VET providers could take an $AU 8 billion hit in the first half of this year due to deferrals and cancellations. Since the United Kingdom and Canada don’t have travel bans, there are fears that students may choose to go somewhere else with the Australia education sector potentially losing 30 percent of its market to competitors.