Gov’t places increasing focus on VET

Wednesday, February 27th

The federal government will place an increasing focus on vocational education and training (VET) thanks to new investments and planned reforms.

The latest measures were announced in a significant speech made earlier this week by Sharon Bird, parliamentary secretary for skills.

Ms Bird made her remarks while addressing the annual federal conference of the Australian Education Union in Melbourne – and added that collaborative efforts are underway to make the nation’s workforce as effective as possible.

She also asserted that an investment of $796 million, which will be delivered over the next four years – will help “some of the most needy people” by providing assistance in developing numeracy, reading and writing skills.

“We recognise the importance of working in partnership with industry and unions, we are making sure we deliver the right skills at the right time,” said Ms Bird, adding that this could result in higher pay and better opportunities for many Australian workers.

Australia, she noted, is already home to “one of the best VET and skills support systems in the world”, but the government will continue to make ongoing improvements to maintain its high standards.

“Through our investment, and by working in partnership with industry and unions, we are making sure we deliver the right skills at the right time,” she stated.

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