The National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) has welcomed the appointment of the expert panel that will oversee the vital next stage of reform to Australia’s system of vocational education and training (VET).
The Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator Michaelia Cash has announced that Mr Steven Joyce, the architect of the government’s VET review, will head the three-person panel to guide the VET reform process. Other members of the panel are Peter Noonan, Professor of Tertiary Education Policy at Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute, and businesswoman Dr Vanessa Guthrie.The Chief Executive Officer of NAEN Dianne Dayhew welcomed the appointment of the expert panel which will provide independent strategic advice to the government, following on from the findings of the Joyce Review in April.“We are very confident that the panel brings knowledge and a depth of experience that will help drive much-needed reform to the VET system,”Ms Dayhew said.“Steven Joyce’s review has provided a strong foundation and Professor Noonan and DrGuthrie each have extensive knowledge and understanding of the skills and training system and its linkages with work, education and learning.
“Steven Joyce’s review has provided a strong foundation and Professor Noonan and Dr Guthrie each have extensive knowledge and understanding of the skills and training system and its linkages with work, education and learning.
“As the national body representing group training employers of apprentices, we strongly support the direction outlined by the Joyce Review and welcome the government’s $525 million Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package.
Many of the emerging jobs over the coming decade will require a vocational pathway. It is becoming clearer that we need avocational system that will meet this need and be able to engage with higher education as people move in and out of learning across lifetimes.We are especially pleased that the government has promptly adopted several of the key findings of the Joyce Review, including the establishment of the National Careers Institute and the appointment of a National Careers Ambassador.These initiatives should help to raise awareness of the extremely important role of VET and the tremendous career and life opportunities available to young people through skilled careers, Ms Dayhew said.
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