The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on all of us; on our societies and economies and on every aspect of our lives. Employment and education are some of the hardest hit by the crisis, due to lockdowns and measures taken by governments to prevent the spread of the virus and its devastating consequences.
Faced with the pandemic and an urgent need to re-skill, vocational learning needs to become more attractive, flexible and fit for the digital age and green transition, says the European Commissioner for jobs and social rights
The government is introducing the scheme in a bid to get young and unemployed people into the workforce, while also trying to preemptively correct the growing issue of a future skill shortage. This announcement rolls off the back of the Federal Government’s $1.5 billion budget to stop current apprentices being laid off amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, which was announced in July.
Read more here: https://www.training.com.au/ed/apprentice-wage-subsidies/
In order to recover and rebuild after record losses and unemployment, businesses need to reskill and upskill their staff. Skills such as adaptability, agility, communications and more are at the top of the list of needs, in addition to some technical skills that can help companies boost their operations with a newly remote workforce.
This initiative will deliver an extra $318.56 million into the NSW Vocational Education and Training sector, with $159.28 million from the Commonwealth Government matched dollar-for-dollar by the State Government. JobTrainer will fund approximately 108,000 free or low-fee training places in NSW, with a combination of short and long courses for job seekers and young people, including school leavers.
Read more here: https://ministers.dese.gov.au/cash/significant-boost-skills-training-nsw
Opposition leader Peter Malinauskas and his entire Labor party have voted against legislation to significantly reform and modernise South Australia’s training system.
On 9 June 2020, ASQA published information about a new unit of competency and related skill sets for infection control training from the HLT Training Package that had been endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As managing director of TAFE NSW, Steffen Faurby’s aim of studying the training was to get a view from the coalface of the organisation he leads. The role vocational education and training (VET) has to play in addressing looming skills shortages and retraining legions of jobless Australians to support an economic recovery after the summer bush fires and pandemic, is more important than ever.
Read more here: https://www.theage.com.au/national/licence-for-change-danish-seaman-at-helm-for-tafe-s-next-journey-20200812-p55kz6.html
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.
Read more here: https://www.smh.com.au/national/quite-serious-international-student-visa-applications-plummet-20200728-p55gbc.html