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.

ITECA recommendations for COVID-19 action plan accepted by ASQA

An action plan developed by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) which is the peak body representing independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors has had its key recommendations accepted by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).  The recommendations included in the action plan are measures to set aside red-tape and provide some $210 million in assistance to independent tertiary education providers.

Corona virus impacting on Australia’s international education sector

The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), the peak body representing independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors is currently leading an assessment of the impact of the Novel Coronavirus on the independent tertiary education sector in order to develop strategies to support both students and providers.
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Critical skills shortages holding back SA’s growth

Australian Conservatives Release

As the Conservative Party warned, ahead of last month’s federal election, critical skills shortages are holding back South Australia’s growth with more than one in two jobs advertised in regional South Australia remaining unfilled.

The Advertiser reports, the state’s Industry Minister David Pisoni says since 2013, South Australia has seen a 55 per cent drop in apprenticeships – the biggest decline in Australia.

Last week, Hayes Salary Guide reported 70 per cent of SA employers surveyed said skill shortages would impact on the effective operation of their business.

Mr Pisoni told The Advertiser the consistent feedback the State Government is receiving from employers, particularly in rural and regional areas, is the significant challenge in attracting and retaining many skilled workers.

The Conservative Party has called for a shake up in the approach to regional education.

With TAFE and apprenticeships currently considered ‘second prize’, to a university education, apprentices and those with a trade earn money sooner, and have the opportunity to become successful business people. In stark contrast, many university graduates can’t get a job, and have the added burden of a HELP debt.

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