Skills Ministers met yesterday to advance priorities to support Australia’s critical skills and training needs in response to COVID-19 and to continue progressing long-term reforms that will deliver a strong vocational education and training (VET) system for students, employers and industry.
A large number of businesses with apprentices and trainees on JobKeeper are planning on, or considering, cancelling them when JobKeeper ends. Over 50 000 apprentices and trainees are at risk of cancellation. This is in addition to the almost 15,000 Australian Apprentices who have already been cancelled.
The federal government is investing $4.3 million to build and run a one-stop-shop to help Australians learn new skills and become more job-ready. The microcredential marketplace will be a platform for job-seekers to see what skills they can gain by further study to help them get a new job or to get ahead in their current job.”