Nine months into the Covid-19 pandemic, with millions of Americans still out of work and the nation hurtling into what most economists agree will be a period of sustained economic disruption, Washington has largely ignored worker retraining.
The central paradox of indigenous advancement in Australia and in closing many of the economic, demographic and health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is that meaningful participation in the economy is crucial — but for many Indigenous Australians, the resources industry is the biggest (if not the only) part of the economy that exists where they live.
Against the backdrop of COVID the rate of change around us has accelerated – changes in technology, industries, careers, learning, lifestyles. And the role of education and learning will remain crucial as we continue to respond to change at an individual, community and wider economic level.
Read more here: https://www.fenews.co.uk/featured-article/59553-the-future-of-skills-and-vocational-education-in-the-shifting-employment-and-careers-landscape
Budget aims to boost apprenticeships
Business groups have given the Morrison government’s $1.2 billion apprenticeship package the thumbs up, the latest initiative in a barrage of announcements over the past week heading into Tuesday’s budget.
Employers will be given more than $1 billion in new subsidies to take on 100,000 apprentices in a federal budget plan to prevent an “explosion” in the number of young people with no work or skills.
Boris Johnson has promised to end the “pointless, nonsensical gulf” between university and vocational education, in what he called a “radical” shakeup of funding for post-18 education.
Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/sep/29/boris-johnson-announces-radical-plan-to-boost-vocational-training
An ASQA investigation into misrepresentation of vocational education training (VET) courses has led to a conviction and $10,000 fine for Qualify Me! Pty Ltd in the NSW Local Court.
Australia has put in place a number of measures to help apprentices and trainees continue their training during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The lesson from the last recession is that a full economic recovery will need business to also play a part by investing in skill development.