Investing in our biggest industry would boost jobs and productivity

The aged care royal commission will bring down its final report next month, and it is more important now than ever. Its findings have implications not just for aged care, but also our biggest single industry that just happens to be growing the fastest of them all. That industry is healthcare and social assistance, which at last count employed 1.7 million people. It is projected to grow by 205,000 over the next five years, more than double the pace of the next fastest sector, education. The National Skills Commission reckons it’s our most COVID-19 resilient industry, a safe bet for those looking for work.

Read more here: https://www.smh.com.au/national/investing-in-our-biggest-industry-would-boost-jobs-and-productivity-20210112-p56tea.html

Advanced apprenticeships will boost skills for future jobs, but not in time to counter COVID impacts

The Australian government has released a series of manufacturing industry policies in the lead-up to the October 6 budget. Yesterday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke about a A$1.5 billion strategy to strengthen Australian manufacturing and supply chains. Last week, Education Minister Dan Tehan announced a A$7.2 million extension of advanced apprenticeship pilot programs across the country to teach students the high-level, specialist knowledge and skills they’ll need for industry jobs of the future.

Apprentice funding round introduces 30 new qualifications 

Apprentice funding round introduces 30 new qualifications 

The government has opened a new round of funding for registered training organisations to reduce education costs. Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund (User Choice) was designed to create a pipeline of skilled workers at a time when it was needed most and while Tasmanians were looking for new jobs.

TAS user choice funding round open

TAS user choice funding round open

Registered training organisations are being encouraged to apply for funding through the latest round of the Tasmanian Government’s Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund (User Choice), with applications now open. The fund provides subsidies through grants to significantly reduce the cost of providing quality training and assessment for nationally recognised qualifications.