Updates from the Department of Education and Training

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash (Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education) has released two important updates regarding the Vocational, Education and Training (VET) sector and Australian Apprenticeships.

MAS has welcomed both announcements, which highlight the Federal Government’s commitment to the future of the VET sector and Australian Apprentices:

Delivering skilled workers for a stronger economy

The Liberal National Government has commissioned an independent review of the vocational education and training (VET) sector to ensure Australians have the right skills to succeed in a changing labour market, and businesses have access to the skills they need to grow the business.

“The Review will ensure Australians have the right skills to get a job,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“The review will focus on the skills people need when they leave school, but also later in life when they might be looking to improve their skills, change industries or build on general literacy and numeracy,” said the Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator Michaelia Cash.

Read the official media release here.

Incentives to engage more adult apprentices

Employers will be incentivised to take on an apprentice between the age of 21 and 24 with the Liberal National Government today extending the Adult Australian Apprentices payment.

From July 1 2019, eligibility for the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices (SAAA) payment will be extended to employers who take on an eligible apprentice aged 21 to 24 years studying a certificate III or IV qualification in areas of skills needs.

“Extending the incentive payments initiative for adult apprentices will support 12,500 apprentices over three years from 2019-20.”

“Extending the eligibility to adult apprentices aged 21 to 24 years will encourage more employers to put on adult apprentices in areas of skills needs,” Minister Cash said.

Read the official media release here.

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