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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
TAFEs in Western Australia have implemented a new delivery approach commencing today until April 9 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Small businesses in SA can access up to $5000 for every new apprentice or trainee hired on a paid training contract, as well as advice on how to address a business’ skills and training needs and access subsidies under the new Skills for Business scheme.