The declining number of apprentice commencements is a major area of concern. Without substantial support Australia is facing a dramatic decline in apprenticeship commencements which will contribute to an unacceptably high level of youth unemployment.
Read more here: https://www.miragenews.com/call-for-apprentice-wage-subsidy-to-address-collapsing-apprenticeship-system/
A Productivity Commission report, to be released on Friday, is expected to deliver a devastating verdict on our VET system, painting a grim picture of the results — or lack of them — it delivers for both students and employers.
Read more here: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/we-can-renovate-this-broken-tafe/news-story/617e1bbee03acaeb26cd2684f1cde9ed
The poorly designed and funded vocational education sector that has evolved in Australia over the past 20 years has left it as the Cinderella of education. As the Prime Minister continues his challenge of reforming the Australian federation, vocational education is an excellent place to start.
Read more here: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/6778032/what-germany-can-teach-australia-about-building-a-world-class-vocational-education-system/?cs=12
The work of the National Skills Commissioner will be pivotal to the work of indepen dent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) that support more than 80% of the 4.1 million students in vocational education and training programs across the country.
Read more here: https://www.miragenews.com/legislation-to-establish-national-skills-commissioner-welcomed/
The Australian Industry Group is calling on the federal government to introduce a $3.9 billion support scheme to help address the fall in apprenticeship numbers partly brought on by the COVID-19 crisis.
COAG is now being replaced by the new national cabinet, which first surfaced in March in response to the coronavirus crisis. According to the PM, the national cabinet’s focus will now shift to job creation as Australia begins to exit the coronavirus health crisis.
Read more here: https://www.mybusiness.com.au/finance/6995-coag-is-no-more-national-cabinet-to-focus-on-job-creation?utm_source=MyBusiness&utm_campaign=02_06_20&utm_medium=email&utm_content=2&utm_emailID=f216ce3d5b350e4191a55cbfb8379673a53dfcc989cdb85c66bf431fdc4e8268
International students bring about A$39 billion (S$36.7 billion) a year into Australia and account for about 26 per cent of total university revenue. The sudden loss of many students from abroad amid the ban on arrivals of foreign nationals due to the pandemic has already led to staff cuts at universities and could leave some facing financial collapse if it continues into next year.
Read more here: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz/coronavirus-australian-universities-propose-safe-corridors-to-allow-foreign
The government’s newly-established National Skills Commission would provide detailed labour market analysis to identify where the skills shortages were. Training up tradespeople and skilled workers will be the government’s top priority as it leads Australia out of the COVID-19 economic crisis.