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The Scan # 177 17 March 2016

News ______________________________________________________ Fed takeover of VET unlikely 14 March 2016   |   The newly-minted Commonwealth minister for skills, Scott Ryan,  has poured cold water on a proposed Commonwealth takeover of vocational education and training set out in a draft of a paper to go to the next meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).  Under the proposal, TAFE fees would be deregulated and TAFEs would receive the same funding.  While education Simon Birmingham has strongly advocated a Commonwealth takeover,  Ryan says there are strong arguments to maintain the current system. Ryan said redesigning the troubled VET FEE-HELP scheme - which has blown … [Read more...]

Are Australian apprentices ‘disappearing’?

The Conversation    |      30 December 2013 “The previous government oversaw changes to apprenticeship policy and cuts in employer incentives that led to huge drops in the numbers of young people starting an apprenticeship.” - Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, media release, October 30. The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has blamed the former government for a fall in the number of young people starting an apprenticeship. The decline has been labelled in The Australian as “the disappearing trainee” – a legacy of the Labor government linked to its decision to remove employer incentives. So are Australian apprentices really disappearing? Disappearing … [Read more...]

Training and education separated

The Australian    |   19 September 2013 There was speculation after the announcement of Tony Abbott's ministry early in the week as to who would be handling VET matters within the education portfolio.  The Scan initially suggested Sussan Ley but pulled that down when the now prime minister said that, while  the division of responsibilities inside the education portfolio was yet to be settled, higher education and schools would largely remain the responsibility of Christopher Pyne, Sussan Ley would continue to look after early childhood education and childcare and Scott Ryan "quite possibly" would have responsibility for curriculum. One  commentator  predicted Ley would take the lead on … [Read more...]

The Scan 22 August 2013

#134     |     22 August 2013 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Opposition push to lift O/S student numbers An Abbott government would make it easier for foreign students to obtain post-study work rights in Australia as part of a Coalition push to repair the lucrative education export industry.  Opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne says the Coalition ”cannot promise to reverse the $2.8 billion of cuts to higher education”.  However he vowed to increase revenue to universities within 100 days of being elected by ”rebuilding” the international education market, which … [Read more...]

Industry demands clarity on apprenticeships

ACCI    |   14 August 2013 A meeting of employer organisations, peak provider groups (including TDA and ACPET) and Industry Skills Councils has called on all political parties to respond, as a matter of urgency, to the dramatic drop in apprenticeship commencements. They say the future of skills development and productivity growth in Australia hangs in the balance, waiting for policy clarity and clear commitment from all sides of politics. According to the group, employers are losing confidence in the apprenticeship system, not because of a lack of commitment to a long-standing model of training delivered in a work context, but because they cannot rely on consistency in the approach … [Read more...]

ACCI questions VET reforms

Australian Financial Review    |     29 October 2012 The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is losing faith that national skills reform will deliver a simpler, higher quality system for employers and students after NSW became the latest state to announce its plans. The NSW government  outlined a cautious approach to deregulating the vocational education and training sector, insisting the state had learned from the Victorian experience and consulted heavily with industry. NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said government-subsidised training would only be available in skills shortage areas and through approved private providers, allowingNSW to avoid a budget blowout … [Read more...]