Vocational training at risk: business body

Apprenticeships are at risk if funding cuts for vocational education continue, Australia’s leading business body claims.

Vocational studies are at a “tipping point” because of funding cuts and a lack of a national advisory body, according to a Chamber of Commerce assessment released on Friday.

“If we don’t get vocational education and training right, we could face skills shortages in key industries and occupations that would hurt our economy,” employment director Jenny Lambert said.

She said the dramatic fall in apprentice and trainee numbers needed to be addressed by the Council of Australian Government ministers at their Industry and Skills meeting.

“If COAG ministers cannot agree to take action we risk the best aspects of our vocational education and training system – its links to real jobs and great outcomes,” Ms Lambert said.

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