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.
ASQA has developed advice and guidance to assist RTOs with adjustments made to delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Productivity Commission interim report released last Friday found the proportion of people without qualifications at a Certificate 3 level or above decreased from 47.1% in 2009 to 37.5% in 2019. This will not be enough to meet a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) target of 23.6% set for 2020.
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.
Scott Morrison will fund $1.3 billion in wage subsidies for apprentices as part of Thursday’s coronavirus economic stimulus package. The Prime Minister, Scot Morrison has pledged $1.3 billion in wage subsidies for apprentices as part of his government’s coronavirus economic stimulus package. According to the PM, 117,000 apprentices would be supported by the federal government to ensure there were few job losses at small firms with 20 or less employees.