Scott Morrison’s TAFE for the rich

(Caricature courtesy Bruce Keogh / keoghcartoons.com.au)

The Coalition Government’s policies have starved TAFE in favour of private-sector VET training, effectively making it an educational option only for the rich., writes Leisa Woodman.

Affordable, practical education through Technical and Further Education (TAFE) is part of the Australian consciousness in a way that many may not even realise.

Quality materials and competent workmanship have long been taken for granted in our society, and Australians have for generations been creatively stimulated by the secure knowledge that their educational journey is never over.

Even if one had been coerced into an unsuitable degree, or dropped out of high school, there was still a way back into learning through TAFE.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has mysteriously declared he wants to “raise the status” of TAFE courses in Australia, saying they are “as good as uni”.  He has revealed that “reform” of the vocational education sector would be at the forefront of the agenda at the Council of Australian Governments meeting in Cairns. Australians should rightly demand of the Prime Minister, whether this plan for reform is going to address how TAFE has morphed in recent years into what one teacher termed, “education for the rich”.

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PM places TAFE, vocational training on COAG agendaPrime Minister Scott Morrison has declared “TAFE is as good as university” and in many cases pays better, before COAG talks begin in Cairns on Friday.

The full fees payable for many diplomas are now comparable to university fees. While each student is allowed two chances at accessing government-subsidised study before having to pay the full fees, even these subsidised courses cost many thousands of dollars. Fees are payable upfront in the case of certificates, that don’t allow deferred Vocational Educational and Training (VET) loans. What working-class person has thousands sitting around handy? According to the TAFE educator, students manage to pay these fees if “they have benefactors”.

TAFE proudly advertises that students can access fees by instalment, but when a student enquires about this scheme, they are informed they must allow for $80 to $90 left in their bank after repaying their fortnightly fee contribution, which could be $70 dollars or more. A simple calculation reveals this is impossible if living out of home, on any government payment.

To make matters worse, many TAFE diplomas now have prerequisites for entry — meaning a student may exhaust their two subsidised courses by the time they get to the course they really want to do.

Scott Morrison may have declared that ‘TAFE is as good as university’, but Australia is a long way from having policies that support students equitably across the tertiary education system. By @andrewjnorton https://grattan.edu.au/news/the-rewards-of-vocational-education-need-to-be-better-known/ 

The rewards of vocational education need to be better known

Prime Minister Scott Morrison may have declared that ‘TAFE is as good as university’, but Australia is a long way from having policies that support […]grattan.edu.au.

Fees also differ wildly from one state to the next. A Diploma of Building and Construction costs $37,168 at TAFE South Australia, but under Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ progressive TAFE policy, is free to the unemployed in Victoria. One can imagine the few remaining prospective students not excluded by the cost being perturbed by the instability and so, it seems, student numbers are down across campuses.

There is a chance for the Federal Government to address a real problem. Many employers in technical fields, such as pathology, are now asking for university degrees for no reason other than that so many have them. The result of people choosing universities, who probably should have attended TAFE institutions, is that degrees have lost their value in the labour market. Some entry positions now, in reality, favour a master’s degree, which, mostly uncovered by Austudy, is also only accessible to the rich.

To attract students back to TAFE, employers must begin to see education as a set of suitable skills, rather than a spending competition. However, this is an ethos directly in competition with the goals of our present Coalition Government.

It has long been the policy of the Coalition to effectively “starve” TAFE in favour of the private sector of VET training, ripping out $3 billion in funding in the past six years. One suspects that Morrison’s plan to raise the status of TAFE will simply be a language project designed to justify the now prohibitive costs at disastrously underfunded campuses.

TAFE cannot be revitalised with words. Only a sustained injection of funds to TAFE can end predatory Registered Training Organisations and restore technical education to its rightful place in assisting Australians from all backgrounds to gain, diversify and upgrade their skills easily throughout their lives.

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Adam Curlis@TAFEeducation

@GladysB and @ScottMorrisonMP seem to be singing from the same hymn sheet. After years of funding cuts & neglect, why the sudden interest in TAFE?

What exactly have they got planned for our public TAFE system? https://twitter.com/TAFEeducation/status/1162174463489609728 

“I have always had a vision universities & TAFEs have to work much more closely together & the diversification of our economy & … having that fed back to me from the companies I am meeting” I am intrigued ⁦⁩. Which companies?

SOURCEAAP:https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/scott-morrisons-tafe-for-the-rich,13020

Nation needs skills to bust traffic jams

You could practically hear the groans from commuters across the country at the news the cost of congestion could double in the next 15 years if nothing is done.
That’s just what Australians need: more time wasted in traffic jams and overcrowded trains and buses.
And the nation’s infrastructure gurus have warned there needs to be at least $200 billion committed to the nation’s roads, public transport, utilities, schools, hospitals and so on every five years if we’re to have any hope of getting on top of the problems.
But, as Infrastructure Australia’s boss said when releasing the report, traffic jams and overcrowded public transport are just the most visible aspect.
The problem is complex and a skills shortage is a big part.
You can promise hundreds of billions of dollars for as many congestion-busters or transport “mega-projects” as you like, but you still need someone to build them.
And once you’ve found enough people to plan, design and build all the roads and railways needed, you need people to drive the trains, work the signals, and maintain the facilities.
“At all levels and for all types of infrastructure, access to appropriate skills is a problem,” the Infrastructure Australia audit states.
Or, as Napoleon Dynamite kinda said, we don’t even have any skills – truck driver skills, engineer skills, surveyor skills, tunnelling skills, electricity linesmen skills.
It’s a combination of factors: unprecedented levels of construction (but levels Infrastructure Australia says will have to be the new normal), an ageing workforce and dropping numbers of young Australians starting a career in these areas.
Take the railway workforce, for example.
Demand for skills across all areas, from drivers to signalling technicians, is expected to rise by more than five per cent over the next five years.
But at the same time, 20 per cent of rail workers are expected to retire.
The latest figures on apprenticeships show the number of people starting training is the lowest in two decades and completion rates are also at long-term lows.
And it’s a trend. Commencements have been dropping since about 2012, and completions declining since 2014.
Labor says the federal government should invest billions of dollars in the nation’s TAFEs as well as its roads and rail.
“We’ve got 150,000 fewer apprentices and trainees today than when Labor left government,” education spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek said.
“If you lock people out of education, you are locking them out of a job.”
Infrastructure Australia noted the lumpy pipeline of big projects, saying it “hinders the ability of industry and government to manage workforce capacity and skills effectively”.
It singles out the Sydney Metro project as a good example of planning ahead for workforce needs.
The NSW government worked with TAFE in the state to start training workers for the driverless rail line ahead of its construction.
When it announced the specialised infrastructure skills centre back in 2017, Sydney Metro anticipated more than 500 entry-level employees would be trained there over five years in courses tailored to address critical skills gaps.
Political leaders are not deaf to all these warnings.
But the pace of action can be slow, particularly when all players in the federation need to get on board.
In its answer to the calls for action on the skills crisis last week, the Council of Australian Governments essentially decided to plan to have a plan.
The Business Council of Australia has been campaigning for nearly three years to boost the standing of training, calling for universities, TAFE and vocational education to be put in the same policy and funding bucket.
A good sign now is the rhetoric Prime Minister Scott Morrison is using around rebuilding confidence in vocational education and encouraging people to see it as a genuine option.
“TAFE is as good as uni,” he declared.
“I want mums and dads to be confident about the choice of their kids for a trade, for a technical or skills-based education. It is not second prize.”
Community attitudes must change if Australia is to have enough workers with the skills to build all the roads, rail and other infrastructure he’s promised to get people out of those traffic jams.

Morrison Government faces backlog of problems

Prime Minster Scott Morrison has a hefty to-do list. Picture: AAP Image/Brian CasseySource:AAP

ANALYSIS

The Coalition government of Scott Morrison has been tied down since the May 18 election by the urgent need to fix serious problems it has inherited.

That is, inherited from itself.

The latest sign of this is the review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme launched today by minister Stuart Robert.

But the to-do repair list is much more extensive, and includes, water policy, aged care and education.

The NDIS review is merely one instance of the Coalition needing to fix matters that have been under its care for more than half a decade.

By September 18, the Coalition will have been in office for six years. Mr Morrison has been in cabinet all of that time, four of the six years either as treasurer or prime minister.

If Mr Morrison wants to blame anyone for shoddy or tardy work, he would have to be among the culprits.

There are several other instances of overdue repairs beyond the NDIS review.

One of the biggest is the royal commission into aged care, which will uncover case histories most voters will find shocking and will worry the growing voter cohort of the elderly.

It will also worry Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who has been commissioned with producing a Budget surplus, no matter the legitimate spending demands the government faces.

The aged care royal commission report will come with a hefty price tag.

There is another royal commission report planned on treatment of the disabled.

The government is also taking a critical look at skills shortages with a review of vocational education opportunities and quality of training.

This sector was not well treated when Julia Gillard was education minister but the time has long passed for the Morrison Government to blame Labor.

The Prime Minister and premiers have agreed to pep up vocational education and training (VET) with Mr Morrison saying, “We all want students, whatever age they are, they could be 21, they could be 61 and going through a career change … to have confidence that that system is going to help them with their future intentions and their future careers.”

He might be able to draw on a report into VET which he commissioned in November last year.

There also now is an inquiry into management of water resources and the Murray-Darling Basin, the domain of the Nationals’ for most of the six years.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will examine the water market in the Murray-Darling Basin. One reason for this is the savage drought that has hit farmers and pastoralists.

But another is the ability of companies to hoard water as a valuable commodity rather than releasing it for food growing, environmental health or household use.

Another big issue is energy policy — or the absence of one.

There once was a National Energy Guarantee, which went through cabinet a was three times approved by the Liberal party room but could not survive a coal-favouring rump of backbenchers.

The consequence was it was never implemented, Australia’s carbon emissions are rising and the certainty sought by business is being denied.

And while wind farms are being attacked as “satanic”, any guarantee of lower domestic power prices is muted at best.

So there now is another inquiry — into nuclear energy.

Former banking inquiry royal commissioner Kenneth Hayne noted the traffic jam of investigations in a speech given last month but made public recently.

He suggested government’s only concentrated on putting out political “spot fires” rather than long-term matters, which has weakened voter faith.

“Instead, we need to grapple closely with what these calls are telling us about the state of our democratic institutions,” Mr Hayne said.

“Trust in all sorts of institutions, governmental and private, has been damaged or destroyed.”

SOURCEAAP:https://www.news.com.au/national/politics/morrison-government-faces-backlog-of-problems/news-story/7160807f5ee443b6871929d86bfa2049

Ministerial Skills Roundtable dishes up skills advice

New industry engagement roundtables will be held in regions across the state as a central part of the Palaszczuk Government’s new Skills for Queensland strategy launched this week.

Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said there has been strong industry support for the Skills for Queensland strategy which includes programs and initiatives that will target critical training needs to address current skills shortages.

“We know we need to ensure we have a skilled workforce, now and into the future,” Ms Fentiman said.

“We know that Government cannot provide all training needs without the help of industry. This includes Jobs Queensland, regional jobs committees, employers, training providers and schools.

“It’s the ongoing collaboration between government, industry and business that will ensure we have the skilled workers we need now and for emerging industries.”

“Better engagement and better supply of training and skills is at the core of the Skills for Queensland strategy.

“I’ll be bringing all that strategic advice together when we hold our regular Ministerial Skills Roundtable meetings, supported by local advice through our regional job committees.”

The Minister also welcomed the guidance of Jobs Queensland, chaired by Professor Peter Coaldrake.

“Jobs Queensland will provide the skills roundtable with strategic advice and research about future skills needs and workforce planning requirements in Queensland to inform key policy discussions and skills investment priorities,” Professor Coaldrake said.

“Industry, business and government need to plan together and Jobs Queensland’s advice and research will assist with the decision making.”

Construction Skills Queensland CEO Brett Schimming endorsed the Skills for Queensland strategy particularly the Ministerial Skills Roundtable initiative.

“It is important that future skilling and training strategies are evidence-based and designed to meet the real and emerging needs of local workforces,” Mr Schimming said.

“The Ministerial Skills Roundtable will ensure that the government’s planning will be directly informed by reporting from current workforce training experts.”

Ms Fentiman said the Ministerial Skills Roundtable will meet at least twice a year to ensure the government can plan ahead and make the necessary investment in training.

“This will ensure the government hears industry input to skills investment priorities first‑hand,” Ms Fentiman said.

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Leaders act to counter skills shortage

PM Scott Morrison and state and territory leaders hold a formal COAG meeting in Cairns on Friday.PM Scott Morrison and state and territory leaders hold a formal COAG meeting in Cairns on Friday.Image

Australians seeking to learn or renew their skills and businesses looking for qualified employees will be at the centre of an overhauled vocational education system.

The nation’s leaders have agreed to pull together to make sure the vocational education and training system is working as it needs to in the face of a growing skills shortage.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said ensuring Australians were trained for the jobs of a modern economy was one of the biggest challenges the country faced.

“We all want students, whatever age they are, they could be 21, they could be 61 and going through a career change … to have confidence that that system is going to help them with their future intentions and their future careers,” he told reporters after the Council of Australian Governments meeting in Cairns on Friday.

The system needed to be more agile and less bureaucratic.

The “jobs of the future” weren’t just in technology, Mr Morrison said, but increasingly in human services areas such as aged or disability care.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said training more tradies was vital to politicians seeking to build the infrastructure they had all been elected to deliver.

“We have to change the way TAFE and vocational education, non-university pathways are viewed,” he said.

“This is a first-class option, not anything less than that.”

His NSW counterpart Gladys Berejiklian said that was a point on which all the leaders agreed.

She has called for universities and vocational education to be treated as a single sector, something the Business Council of Australia has also been pushing for over several years.

The COAG communique didn’t go that far, but Ms Berejiklian was happy nonetheless.

Mr Morrison said parents should be confident about their child’s future if they chose to pursue a trade or a skills-based education.

“It is not second prize,” he said.

The federal government funded a National Skills Commission in its April budget to better identify and plan for skills shortages and work with industry to design training courses, but it is yet to be established.

A new COAG Skills Council will present leaders with a reform roadmap for the sector in early 2020.

The leaders also agreed to ask their environment ministers to set a deadline for Australia to stop sending its waste overseas.

The country exported 4.3 million tonnes of waste in 2018 at a cost of $2.8 billion.

They agreed to the fourth national action plan on reducing domestic violence, for more cooperation between the commonwealth and states on how to spend infrastructure money, and to make mental health and reducing suicide a national priority.

However, a deal on permanently funding free preschool for Australia’s four-year-olds was pushed off until early 2020.

SOURCEAAP:https://7news.com.au/politics/morrison-urges-states-to-collaborate-c-390366

Leaders to meet for COAG event

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 Leaders to meet for COAG event

Improving vocational education and training for Australians is shaping up to be top of the agenda for the Council of Australian Governments.

The nation’s leaders are preparing to meet in Far North Queensland on Friday, the first time the meeting is being held outside a capital city.

The leaders are expected to consider the recommendations of a recent review that identified a spate of challenges in the education and training sector.

The Australian Industry group is calling for reforms to ensure there are enough skilled Australians to support the government’s $100 billion infrastructure pipeline, raising concerns about a growing skills shortage and a degraded training system.

SOURCEAAP:https://www.news.com.au/video/id-5348771529001-6069948233001/leaders-to-meet-for-coag-event

Leaders have skills test ahead of them

The best way to give Australians the skills they need to find quality jobs will be top of mind for the nation’s leaders as they meet in Cairns on Thursday and Friday.
Vocational education and training is shaping up to be a key discussion point for the Council of Australian Governments as leaders consider the recommendations of a recent review that identified a spate of challenges in the sector.
Employers have written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison warning of growing skills shortages and a training system that isn’t coping.
The letter from Ai Group chief executive Innes Willox points to the large pipeline of planned infrastructure projects – driven by the commonwealth’s $100 billion budget – an ageing population and degraded training and apprenticeship systems.
He calls for COAG to start work on “bolder and more decisive reforms” to vocational training and directly engage with industry.
Mr Morrison said he understood the situation was frustrating both for businesses and people who were seeking training to get a job.
“The system is letting us down. It needs to be far less bureaucratic and public service-driven,” he told reporters near Townsville on Thursday.

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“It’s not about the providers … it’s about the people who want jobs and the people who want to employ people.”
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also wants the leaders to look at radical reforms, calling for universities and the vocational sector to be treated as one.
“I am concerned the usual COAG approach that simply divides up responsibilities between the commonwealth and the states will detract from us getting better tertiary education outcomes,” she told AAP in a statement.
“We want universities and VET to be thought of in the same sentence for workers looking to prepare themselves for the high-value jobs of the future.”
NSW wants more integrated degrees, where a student can start at a vocational provider and finish at university, or vice versa, to gain a broader range of skills.
It sees the siloed system of keeping the two types of tertiary education separate as outdated.
Mr Morrison agreed, saying TAFE was just as good as university and his government wants to lift the status of training.
Queensland leader Annastacia Palaszczuk is keen to use the discussion to highlight a number of her government’s initiatives, including payroll tax concessions and free apprenticeship training for people aged under 21.
Earlier in the week, federal Employment Minister Michaelia Cash warned desperately-needed reform of the vocational education sector could only occur if state and territory governments put political differences aside.
The COAG agenda also touches on population and infrastructure after treasurers met in February to start developing a national framework that sets out a practical approach to improve population planning and management.
NSW will argue for more autonomy for states over federal infrastructure funding and a bigger say in what projects attract cash.
Early childhood education including universal access to preschool, coastal erosion, indigenous disadvantage and suicide, domestic violence, and state restrictions on gas developments are also expected to be discussed.
The leaders are travelling to Cairns for the COAG meeting at the invitation of Ms Palaszczuk.
The premier wants the chance to showcase Queensland’s investments in tourism and exports, particularly targeting Asian markets.
“Since the agenda includes northern Australia where better to meet than one of our northernmost cities,” a spokesman for Ms Palaszczuk told AAP.
“The temperature differential between Cairns and Canberra on Friday is 20 degrees. Our national leaders are about to experience a Queensland winter.”

Apprentice system needs reform: Labor

Over two-in-five apprentices and trainees who started training in 2014 didn't complete their coursesOver two-in-five apprentices and trainees who started training in 2014 didn’t complete their coursesImage: AAP/AAP

Labor has blamed federal government funding cuts for a further drop in completion rates among apprentices and trainees.

Data released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research this week shows over two-in-five apprentices and trainees who commenced training in 2014 did not complete their courses.

The NCVER report shows for those who started training in 2014 among all occupations, just 56.7 per cent completed their course, down 3.2 percentage points from those who started in 2013.

Completion rates for trade occupations were down 4.7 percentage points compared to those who started in 2013 and were two percentage points lower for those doing training for non-trade occupations.

Labor’s assistant spokeswoman for skills Ged Kearney says the coalition government has had six years to turn this around but has failed to take action.

She says vocational education has been severely damaged by a cut of more than $3 billion in funding, the closure of TAFE campuses and allowing “dodgy for-profit providers” to gouge the system.

“The VET sector needs immediate and urgent reform,” Ms Kearney said in a statement on Saturday.

She added that while Skills Minister Michaelia Cash says she wants to see the VET and university sectors on equal footing, the Liberals have failed to commit to the funding and reform required to achieve this important outcome.

“The Liberals must put TAFE back at the centre of the sector, tackle the failures of privatisation and fund the sector properly,” she said.

“With youth unemployment stuck at more than double the national average, young people need a decent skills sector that leads them to secure work.”

In 2018, 1.1 million students enrolled in government-funded vocational education and training, a decrease of 1.9 per cent compared to 2017.

SOURCEAAP:https://7news.com.au/politics/apprentice-system-needs-reform-labor-c-368904

Tertiary reforms will destroy regional education and apprenticeships

The New Zealand National Party

Labour’s tertiary education reforms will be even wider than first thought and will strip power and assets from regional polytechnics, National’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

“The reforms will mean regional polytechnics will be renamed as subsidiaries of a newly formed statutory entity called New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST). After two years they will be amalgamated.

“National has obtained a Cabinet paper which outlines this information, the Government will take this paper to Cabinet on Monday.

“The polytechs will be controlled by a head office. They will have their cash and community legacy assets ring fenced at head office. All other assets including buildings and land will be taken away and consolidated.

“For high performing polytechs like the Southern Institute of Technology this will be devastating. Education Minister Chris Hipkins is pushing ahead with ideology over what is best for students and regional New Zealand. The paper shows enrolments will likely fall over the two year transition period and perhaps beyond that.

“More than a thousand jobs all over New Zealand will be lost.

“Subsidiaries will exist for two years before consolidation. Current boards will be sacked on day one, including local members and will be replaced by a subsidiary board, and regional leadership groups will be advisory only.

“There will no longer be out of region provision, like the Otago Polytechnic campus in Auckland. This has been a critical way of recruiting learners to the regions.

“The Cabinet paper also details that the industry body which looks after apprentices (ITOs) will be dissolved over a two year period. At the moment the industry organises placements for apprentices because they understand the needs of industry and who will be the best fit for them. That will now be taken from them and given to polytechs who won’t have the resources and skills to manage that.

“National has released this information because we believe these reforms will be disastrous for regional education and apprenticeships. We are bringing this information forward to try to stop the Government from going ahead with this.

“National will return polytechnic assets taken by Labour and give them back to communities. We will return polytechnic decision making back to communities and the regions. We will return apprentices to industry. Mr Hipkins should be addressing the problems where they are and leaving successful institutions alone.

“National will fight these reforms, we will fight for regional New Zealand and we will fight against idealistic educational reforms.”

The following is a paragraph from the Cabinet paper.

Proposal

  1. This paper seeks to reform New Zealand’s Vocational Education system, following public consultation.
  2. This paper proposes to move from a system where vocational education is primarily split between eleven industry training organisations (ITOs) delivering work-based training and sixteen institutes of technology (ITPs) delivering provider-based training, to an integrated model where around 4-7 workforce development councils (WDCs) have oversight of all vocational education, which is primarily delivered by a single institution spread across a range of regional campuses. Provisionally titled the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, this institution would deliver both work-based and provider-based training. Wānanga and PTEs would continue to be important contributors to the system.
  3. A companion paper sets out fiscal implications, and seeks agreement to initial appropriations to support the reforms.
  4. A public-facing ‘change document’, a summary of submissions, a Regulatory Impact Assessment, and a Programme Business Case are all attached to this paper.
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SourceAAP:www.miragenews.com

Budget builds skills for Queensland’s future jobs

The Palaszczuk Government is investing even more in training and skilling Queenslanders in the 2019-20 budget.

Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said the latest budget has delivered an additional $24 million, bringing the Training and Skills budget to $978 million.

“We want to ensure that Queenslanders have access to state of the art training facilities,” Ms Fentiman said.

“And our capital works program will more than double this year, with over $105 million in upgrades to ensure TAFE facilities across the state can offer high quality training spaces to skilled Queenslanders for the jobs of the future.”

“Key projects include upgrades at TAFE campuses on the Gold Coast, Alexandra Hills and Mt Gravatt, while continuing works at Pimlico in Townsville and Toowoomba– these are just some examples of our commitment to strengthening the state’s TAFE network.”

“Investing in fit-for-purpose training infrastructure is essential to ensure Queenslanders can access the skills they need to get a job and pursue an exciting career in our state’s growing industries.”

“These projects will also support existing apprentices, trainees and workers in the construction sector and associated businesses.”

Investing in skills training continues to be a focus in this year’s State Budget with funding for vocational education and training including apprenticeships and traineeships, certificate and Higher Level Skills programs as well as new initiatives to prepare workers for the future of work.

“This year we will launch a three-year, $5.5 million Micro-Credentialing pilot project to support employers and their workers to gain the skills needed to adapt to workplace changes including new technologies,” Ms Fentiman said.

“The first year of the Micro-Credentialing pilot will design a program offering a range of skill sets, soft skills training and short courses for a peak industry body to promote to their members.

“These employers will also be able to choose personalised or role-specific training for their staff.”

“We will invest in a Higher Level Apprenticeships pilot to work with industry to develop training pathways that cover specialised skills and emerging knowledge on top of the traditional apprenticeship program.

“This is on top of continuing our successful free tafe initiative that is providing young Queenslanders with the opportunity to study in one of 160 high priority course for free in the 12 months after they graduate high school.”

In addition, the successful $420 million Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative will assist another 10,000 disadvantaged people with $80 million to be invested across the state in 2019–20.

“Skilling Queenslanders for Work continues to assist people who have struggled to find the right opportunity, to get the skills and training they need to get a job.

“And so far we have assisted over 40,000 Queenslanders with 73 per cent of participants going on to get a job or further training,” Ms Fentiman said.

“In addition, our Back to Work program will continue to give local businesses the confidence to be able to employ more Queenslanders with more than 19,000 people already gaining employment through our assistance to more than 9,200 employers through this program.”

“Over 51 per cent of our skills and training investment this financial year to 30 May 2019 is in areas outside of south east Queensland, supporting skills development and employment in regional areas.

“This State Budget will support Queenslanders into training pathways in a variety of careers including traditional trades as well as growing industries in areas like digital technology and the community services sector which will continue to demand skilled workers.

“The Palaszczuk Government is supporting the state’s apprentices, trainees and VET students, who will be the skilled and creative workforce needed to drive economic growth and future prosperity.”

/Public Release. View in full here.
sourceAAP:www.miragenews.com