Queensland school leavers and job seekers will benefit from increased access to free or low-fee skills training under a significant investment through the JobTrainer Agreement to be rolled out across Queensland.
Read more here: https://ministers.dese.gov.au/cash/more-skills-training-queensland-school-leavers-and-job-seekers
The Victorian government’s corruption watchdog has charged four people with a range of offences as part of a corruption investigation involving the state vocational education and training and transport sectors.
This initiative will deliver an extra $318.56 million into the NSW Vocational Education and Training sector, with $159.28 million from the Commonwealth Government matched dollar-for-dollar by the State Government. JobTrainer will fund approximately 108,000 free or low-fee training places in NSW, with a combination of short and long courses for job seekers and young people, including school leavers.
Read more here: https://ministers.dese.gov.au/cash/significant-boost-skills-training-nsw
The pace of technological change triggered by COVID-19 is unprecedented. Businesses are looking to digitalisation and automation to drive growth as economies recover from the impacts of the pandemic. To meet the demands of this accelerated technological change, with the added complication of border closures, business needs to shift its focus to reskilling and upskilling employees. Inaction is not an option. What Australia needs now is a business-led recovery that’s built on upskilling and supported by government initiatives.
PwC Australia will on Monday release a report which recommends a tighter partnership between industry and government to address future skills needs with “micro-credentials”. These are shorter courses, as opposed to a full qualification that provide specific skills a business needs.
Read more here: https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/australia-should-take-the-short-course-to-rebuild-report-20200822-p55ocj.html
Skilling Queenslanders for Work funds skills development, training and job opportunities for job seekers, disengaged or disadvantaged Queenslanders through a suite of targeted skills and training programs. The second round of this year’s $90 million project funding pool is open for community-based not-for-profit organisations, local councils and school P&Cs, to provide hands on skills.
Less than half of all women in the workforce with vocational education and training certificates earn enough to repay their student loans according to the report, Skills for recovery: The vocational education system we need post-COVID-19 recently released by the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University.
The Productivity Commission National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development Review Interim Report into the future of skills and workforce development in Australia favours private providers, increasing contestability, student loans and vouchers and fundamentally fails to ensure TAFE’s future as the pre-eminent public provider of high-quality Vocational Education and Training (VET) across the nation.
Read more here: https://www.miragenews.com/pc-review-favours-profit-above-ensuring-tafe-s-future/
The Australian Education Union has made a submission to the Productivity Commission’s review of the vocational education and training sector, which is due to be finalized by November in it warning against privatizing the vocational education sector and imploring the federal government to give TAFE more funding.