The Tasmanian government has held a roundtable focused on the skills needed to deliver the Government’s infrastructure pipeline. Peak industry, business and union representatives discussed the need for a collaborative approach to skills development in Tasmania.
The South Australian State Government will introduce a Bill in Parliament this week outlining significant reforms to deliver a more flexible and responsive training system for the state.
The National Skills Commission (NSC) is a critical new part of Australia’s economic infrastructure, providing expert advice and national leadership on the Australian labour market, current and future skills needs and workforce development issues. They have released their inaugural report today that shows while the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market has been significant, some data indicates early signs of stabilisation and a small increase in the number of employers looking to hire.
Read more here: https://www.miragenews.com/inaugural-report-of-national-skills-commission-australian-labour-market-and-covid-19/
Jobs for apprentices have collapsed nationwide since social distancing measures began, threatening to cut off thousands of people from workplace training and exacerbating the looming skills shortage.
Read more here: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/apprenticeships-drop-by-two-thirds-amid-looming-skills-shortage-20200401-p54g0g.html
The federal government is investing $4.3 million to build and run a one-stop-shop to help Australians learn new skills and become more job-ready. The microcredential marketplace will be a platform for job-seekers to see what skills they can gain by further study to help them get a new job or to get ahead in their current job.”
Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has said he wanted to see students returning under “very controlled” processes agreed between states and providers but made it clear states with border restrictions still in place would not be allowed to take part in the pilot programs commencing July.
The CEO of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), who is the peak body representing independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills
sectors has suggested students will be best served through a nationally consistent set of course subsidies, based on the efficient cost of delivery with loadings to address higher delivery costs in some locations and to certain student groups.
More than 3,000 apprentices and trainees will be able to access free training thanks to the McGowan Government’s latest initiative to safeguard Western Australia’s future workforce. Training costs will be covered for apprentices and trainees who have had their contracts cancelled or suspended to continue their training ‘off the job’ for up to six months.
Read more here: https://www.miragenews.com/fees-scrapped-to-support-more-than-3-000-displaced-apprentices-and-trainees/
A scathing review by the Productivity Commission in its report released today says the 2012 agreement between governments on funding is long overdue for replacement.
The Productivity Commission has found the skills-funding agreement between the Commonwealth and the states was overdue for replacement, saying targets had not been met and government funding could be better spent.