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Thursday, 25 August 1994
Page: 456

(Question No. 1509)

Senator Calvert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training, upon notice, on 30 June 1994:

  (1) How many people were placed on the 19 week certificate in vocational education—childcare course—project no. 0087722B, through the Douglas Mawson Institute, Panorama SA, at a cost of approximately $66,857.50.

  (2) What was the total cost.

  (3) How many of these people have found employment.

  (4) How many people gained a certificate at the end of the training period.

  (5) How are education institutes chosen to provide training.

Senator Schacht —The Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) The course has 15 places. Fifteen participants started on 14 June 1994. Three withdrew during the first week (2 for medical reasons) and 2 replacements started on 24 June 1994. Of the total of 17 starters, 13 were long-term unemployed (of whom 6 were unemployed for more than 2 years), one was especially disadvantaged and 3 were unemployed for under 12 months.

  (2) The total cost is not known at this stage. It is estimated at $115,782.50.

  Course costs—$66,857.50; Formal Training Allowance (estimated)—$47,025.00; Travel costs (estimated)—$1,900.00; Total—$115,782.50.

  (3) None identified to date—course ends 21 October 1994.

  (4) Certificates are not issued before course completion.

  (5) The Department calls tenders from training providers who are interested in providing relevant training courses.