An initiative launched yesterday aims to increase the number of skilled workers in the country by growing Papua New Guinea’s Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector.
The NSW Government will on September 25 launch TAFE NSW’s $154 million Digital Technology Hub at Meadowbank in Sydney.
According to National Australian Apprenticeship Association (NAAA) figures, the number of new apprentices fell 20% from March to June, meaning about 12,000 people were either stood down, suspended or cancelled their apprenticeships amid the coronavirus crisis. The NAAA figures show Australia is approaching the lowest level of apprentice commencements since the late-1990s.
The Commonwealth Government and the New South Wales (NSW) State Government have launched the NSW JobTrainer Agreement.
“Education needs to be a non-profit because we need to be preparing human beings for a whole life. We don’t want folks geared towards one skill so they can’t take their career beyond that – we need to prepare people for life and not job one.”
The NSW funding is a portion of the $1 billion JobTrainer Fund created by the Federal Government, which includes a $500 million investment from the Australian Government to be matched by the State and Territory Governments.”
Systemic flaws in the training sector have been shown up by the way people are being trained for aged care jobs, said participants in the Financial Review Reshaping Australia Dialogue.
Opposition leader Peter Malinauskas and his entire Labor party have voted against legislation to significantly reform and modernise South Australia’s training system.
New data from NCVER in VET in Schools 2019 shows the number of school students undertaking vocational education and training (VET) as part of their secondary education has risen by 2.2 per cent to 235,800.
Australia needs a more coherent plan for the wider tertiary education system at a time when universities are in a financial chasm.