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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 140

Dr Southcott asked the Minister for Education, in writing, on 2 December 2008:

In respect of the Productivity Places Program: how many courses on offer also require the student to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in order to gain on the job experience.

Ms Gillard (Minister for Education, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Social Inclusion) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

Vocational education qualifications are not differentiated by the mode of delivery. All qualifications at a Certificate II, III and IV level can be delivered as apprenticeship pathways if the state or territory in which the qualification is being delivered has chosen to declare that qualification for this purpose.

All qualifications can equally be delivered through institutional-only pathways, or through a mix of on-the-job and off-the-job training. Institutional pathways will still often involve work placements, particularly where specific units of competency require a high level of practical experience to achieve competency. As such, there is no requirement for those who have achieved qualifications through a primarily institutional pathway to undertake an ‘apprenticeship’ to gain on-the-job experience.