National Skills Commission kicks off

National Skills Commission kicks off

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/

NZ boots apprenticeships with government wage subsidies

NZ boots apprenticeships with government wage subsidies

The apprenticeship support scheme, Apprenticeship Boost will provide businesses with up to $16,000 to help pay the cost of each apprentice for the first two years and is part of a wider government programme to keep apprentices in jobs and support employers to invest in new ones, as the country rebuilds the economy from the impact of COVID-19

Read more here:  https://www.miragenews.com/backing-businesses-to-upskill-new-zealand/  

ITECA calls for student-centric funding model for VET sector

ITECA calls for student-centric funding model for VET sector
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.

WA government waives fees for apprentices temporarily

WA government waives fees for apprentices temporarily

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/

Queensland moves this years training awards to virtual event

In  an announcement made by the Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman, the annual Queensland Training Awards will go ahead in 2020, moving entirely online for the first time in the event’s 59-year history. Nominations will be extended until the end of June with the regional and state winners announced online.

Read more here: https://www.miragenews.com/queensland-training-awards-to-go-ahead-as-virtual-events/