Premier Steven Marshall says his Government is likely to favour private vocational training providers over TAFE, saying if equivalent courses are available in the non-Government sector “then maybe TAFE won’t be providing that work in the future”.
International students and universities will be forced to stump up the cost of travel and quarantine as the federal government prepares for the first batch of students to arrive in Australia. Trade Minister Simon Birmingham announced on Sunday that up to 300 students would start arriving in Adelaide as part of a pilot program to restart the international education sector which has been pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic.
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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.
Skills Ministers met yesterday to advance priorities to support Australia’s critical skills and training needs in response to COVID-19 and to continue progressing long-term reforms that will deliver a strong vocational education and training (VET) system for students, employers and industry.
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Smaller universities and private Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers expect to be hardest hit because of their greater reliance on students from India and Nepal. Applications from Nepal dropped 61 per cent and those from India by 47 per cent last financial year, putting further pressure on Australia’s $40 billion a year international student sector amid COVID-19 restrictions.
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The number of overseas students hoping to study vocational education and training courses in the last financial year has more than halved.
In a speech to the National Press Club on Wednesday, Scott Morrison laid out a series of planned reforms to the vocational training system to improve career paths for Australian students.