Whilst Australia’s VET sector has been plagued with poor behaviour and outcomes for students over VET FEE-HELP there was an elephant in the room at the recent COAG Industry and Skills Council meeting.
With discussion on the recent budget announcement about the Skilling Australians Fund aiming to prioritise apprenticeships and traineeships in high demand there are two key questions to ask:
- what evidence do we have of demand? and;
- the fund, “…will be financed by the Government’s reforms that require employers who nominate foreign workers under the new Temporary Skill Shortage visa and certain permanent visas to pay a Skilling Australians Fund contribution from March 2018.”
That seems like a very precarious link!
Council highlighted that, “Importantly project proposals will need to demonstrate engagement with, and support from, employers and industry.”
Which relates to the ‘elephant’ … Read More