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Australians to receive a National Entitlement to a Quality Training Place

Monday, May 17th, 2010

From the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website:

The Rudd Government will invest $243 million over the next four years to transform Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) system as part of the Skills for Sustainable Growth package. This new training system will provide more Australians with greater access to high-level qualifications to advance their own careers and help strengthen the economy.

These reforms will provide employers with more confidence in the skills and qualifications of their employees, regardless of where they have been trained in Australia. Employees will also be able to invest in their own education and training with an assurance about the quality and transferability of their qualifications.

Reforms include:

The National Entitlement to a Quality Training Place means that all young people under 25 years would have guaranteed access to a course that enables them to get a first qualification or to lift their qualifications to the next level.

Quality Skills Incentive – The Federal Government will provide almost $130 million to lift the performance of Australia’s vocational education system, which currently provides training and education to more than 1.7 million Australians.

Transparency in the VET System: The Rudd Labor Government will provide $4.1 million to develop MySkills, a website that will provide Australians with robust information to help them select a VET provider. The website will be launched in July 2011 and will cover publicly-funded VET providers across the country.

Click here to view the full article on the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website

Apprentice Kickstart begins today – young Australians winners

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Australian Government

From Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website:

The second stage of the Rudd Government’s highly successful Apprentice Kickstart campaign begins today, with almost $80 million in the Budget to employ 22,500 more teenage apprentices across the nation. Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and Minister for Employment Participation, Mark Arbib today urged small businesses to take advantage of the bonus which more than triples the commencement bonus for young apprentices from $1,500 to $4,850.

Ms Gillard said Kickstart was part of the Government’s Skills for Sustainable Growth package, which invests over $660 million in training, apprenticeships and adult numeracy and literacy to ensure Australia has the skills it needs to support a growing economy.

Apprentice Kickstart made a down payment on skills and this extension will further grow the skills we need to build the capacity of the economy. Not only will this measure help small businesses to take on an apprentice, but it will also make it easier for young people to get a start in the trades. The initial Kickstart initiative exceeded expectations, with about 24,400 young people given an apprenticeship in the traditional trades over summer.

Click here to view the full media release on the Australian Government website.

19th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

The annual National Vocational Education and Training (VET) Research Conference ‘No Frills’ will be held in Perth, Western Australia on 7th-9th July 2010.

From the NCVER website:

The conference aims to bring together those interested in education and training research from TAFE institutes, universities, private registered training organisations as well as consultants. This year’s conference, in partnership with Polytechnic West and Central Institute of Technology, will be an excellent opportunity for those new to and established in the VET sector to showcase their research in an informal environment.

Colloquially known as the ‘No Frills’ conference because it does not attract a registration fee (with the exception of the Getting to know NCVER workshop which attracts a $50.00 booking fee) this conference has a collegiate atmosphere, which encourages lively exchanges about VET and a great opportunity to network.

Guest speakers include:

  • Professor Trevor Gale, founding director of the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education at the University of South Australia will set the scene with a look back on equity and an examination of the longstanding issues that have played out in different sectors of education.
  • Ms Linda Howard, Community Relations Manager at Doorn-Djil Yoordaning Mining and Construction will provide an analysis of Doorn-Djil Yoordaning’s pre-employment program for Aboriginal people in the Pilbara and its results.

Click here for more information on the conference and registration on the NCVER website.

Australian Food Safety Services Mission – Applications Open Now!

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

From Austrade Hong Kong:

Austrade Hong Kong is organising the first ever Australian Food Safety Services Mission to Hong Kong on 14 & 15 October 2010.

The focus of this mission is to capture the opportunities in Hong Kong for Australian companies providing services related to all aspects of food safety, including food handling, processing, packaging, storage, transportation, display, quality assurances, education, training, consulting, testing, accreditation, product recall and traceability.

If you are an Australian business, academic institution, government organisation and industry association with expertise and experience in the following areas, sign up now!

  • Accreditation & certification
  • Food product recall
  • Food processing
  • Food safety auditing compliance
  • Food storage and logistics
  • Food supply chain
  • Food testing
  • Food transport and distribution
  • Food tracing technology
  • Quality assurance
  • Risk management and assessment.

Applications close on Monday 13th August 2010.

Please read the event brochure [PDF: 135KB] or more information on Hong Kong Food Safety Opportunities for Australia [PDF: 116KB].

If you have any queries, please email Wilson Tang, Senior Business Development Manager on

Click here to register your interest for the Food Safety Services Mission to Hong Kong on the Austrade website

Victorian Training Awards 2010 – Nominations Closing on Thursday!

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010


From the Victoria Training Awards Nominations Booklet:

The Victorian Training Awards program promotes and rewards outstanding achievements and innovations in vocational education and training. The Awards recognise the valuable contribution of apprentices, trainees, students, teachers, employers, training providers and industry in building a world-class vocational education and training system in Victoria.

The awards are a great way to gain recognition for the hard work and achievements made within the vocational education and training sectors.

From the Skills Victoria website:


Each winner received a trophy and 10 award winners including each student winner will receive $10,000


  • Nominations close: 13th May 2010 at 5pm
  • Presentation Ceremony: 14th September 2010.

So what are you waiting for, enter NOW!

Click here for more information on Awards and application forms on the Skills Victoria website

Creating Jobs to Help Bring Victoria a Greener Future

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

From the Victorian Premier, John Brumby’s government website:

Victoria is on the path to a sustainable and prosperous future under the Victorian Government’s $175 million Jobs for the Future Economy Action Plan which will help secure thousands of green jobs.

Premier John Brumby and Environment and Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings today released the 18-point Plan which outlines Victoria’s next steps to develop industries for the future, secure jobs and foster new skills.

Mr Brumby said climate change created challenges but it also created great opportunities.

“Jobs for the Future Economy shows how our government is taking action to ensure Victoria’s economic, environmental and social development for the long term,” Mr Brumby said.

“We are investing in green industries and using our State’s strengths in innovation to develop new technologies and jobs that will not only benefit the environment but will also see our economy continue to grow.

“Jobs for the Future Economy will also help stimulate significant private sector investment in new industries which in turn will create more jobs for Victorian families.”

Mr Brumby said Jobs for the Future Economy focussed on five key areas:

  • Securing more jobs in construction by promoting high standards in design and construction in commercial buildings and new homes;
  • Securing more green jobs in energy by supporting the development and uptake of renewable energy that will reduce carbon emissions and secure green jobs;
  • Driving low emissions industry growth by removing barriers to investment, fostering new markets and cutting “green” tape through smarter regulation;
  • Developing sustainability skills by supporting training in sustainable skills for tradespeople; and
  • Promoting innovation through new research and industry science projects and investment in electric vehicle trials.

Mr Jennings said the single largest investment in the strategy was the $60 million Greener Government Buildings component which would improve the energy and water efficiency of the State’s hospitals, schools and government buildings.

Click here to view the full article on the Victorian government’s website

Click here for more information on the Jobs for Future Economy Action Plan on the Victorian Government’s Business website


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