The Australian Labor Party (ALP) has committed explicit policy support to a number of adult and community education (ACE) priorities. A letter from Federal Labor headquarters to Community Colleges Australia and a similar one to the peak organisation Adult Learning Australia (ALA) provides details. While “a Shorten Labor...Read more
The status and activities of Australian not-for-profit organisations and charities have made it onto the Federal election agenda. This follows charity policy announcements yesterday (7 May) by Labor Shadow Ministers Dr Andrew Leigh (Charities and Not-for-Profits) and Mark Dreyfus (Shadow Attorney General). Media coverage includes The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age ( Read more
The Labor Party has made a number of new Federal election announcements on TAFE and skills. The most significant new announcement is of a $75 million Renewables Training Package – including support for 10,000 apprentices in the renewable and clean energy industries. This package includes:Read more
- $20m in TAFE upgrades to ensure apprentices...
Discussions on apprenticeships continue to dominate much of the vocational education and training issues in the current Federal election campaign. Red tape, confusion and employer resistance may be some of the factors that are working against greater uptake of apprenticeships, according to a discussion on ABC Radio’s Focus...Read more
The Australian independent Australian progressive think tank Per Capita has analysed Coalition and Labor employment service policies – specifically the “jobactive” program – and published the results. Given that the jobactive program is strongly connected to the training of many of Australia’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged workers and...Read more
“One of the few things both sides agree on in this election campaign is that we must get education right. A highly educated and well-trained workforce is our best insurance that all the benefits that digital disruption brings don’t come at the cost of many people unable to find decent jobs.” Ross Gittins, Economics Editor of...Read more