ABC fact check on Bill Shorten’s apprenticeship claim

Labor leader Bill Shorten says the number of apprenticeships has slumped since the Coalition took office. Is he correct? “‘Apprenticeships’ as shorthand for apprenticeships and traineeships: Associate Professor Shah told Fact Check that using “apprenticeships” could be problematic. “There is some confusion and mixture and blurring of lines between traineeships and apprenticeships in some occupations,”…

Apprentice employment network welcomes Coalition promise to extend apprentice wage subsidy

The National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) today welcomed the federal Coalition’s promise to extend the apprentice wage subsidy trial to another 1600 apprenticeships. Prime Minister Scott Morison and the Minister for Skills and Vocational Education Senator Michaelia Cash announced that, if re-elected, the government will double the program, adding another $60m in funding which will…

Federal Budget 2019-2020: Joyce Review

Joyce review contains an ominous message for the apprenticeship sector Amid last night’s Budget, the federal government released the landmark review of the VET system undertaken by the former New Zealand Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Steven Joyce. The 163-page report, Strengthening Skills: Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training System, dissects…