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Powerful new training group to stem skill shortages

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A powerful new training network covering 20,000 companies was launched today in an effort to stem the tide of skill shortages and improve the overall competitiveness of Industry's skills base, Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, Bob Herbert, said today.

The Australian Industry Group ■ Training Network brings together the Group Training/Skill Centre operations of the Australian Industry Group, the Engineering Employers' Association of South Australia, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Western Australia, Hunter Valley Training Co and the Queensland Metal Industry Group Apprenticeship scheme.

The Network members currently train 2500 apprentices and trainees,

"Despite high unemployment, Australia is suffering from skill shortages in key industries," Mr Herbert said.

"The formation of this network is about building up the skills base of Australia so that industry can keep In touch with the realities of the global economy.

"We have combined the strength of five successful training organisations around Australia. This will act as a catalyst to increase the number of people in training and improve the quality of training provided.

"The Network will focus on harnessing the collective strengths of its members by fostering Innovation, sharing ideas and facilities and supporting best practice in group training.

"We have been fortunate to have had the full cooperation and assistance of the Australian National Training Authority during the formation of the Network, Their ongoing support will be vital to the success for this venture.

"Australia will not become a more successful trading nation if we do not appropriately train enough people In key industries. The Australian Industry Group - Training Network is focused on delivering the right results in training for Australia, “ Mr Herbert said.

31 August 1998

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