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$1.6 billion each year for training opportunities for all Australians



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MEDIA RELEASE DR DAVID KEMP, MR Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs 11 May 1999

$1.6 BILLION EACH YEAR FOR TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS

The Howard Government will provide funding of $354 million in 1999-2000 for New Apprenticeships providing an annual commitment of more than $1.6 billion to support vocational education and training including programmes for unemployed young people in Australia, the Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Dr David Kemp announced today. » ,

This represents an increase of $130 million for vocational education and training over the four year period.

These funds will support the further development of the national vocational education and training system and the increases in incentives which have resulted in record numbers of New Apprentices in training which now stand at an all time high with 206,400 as at December 1998. The Commonwealth funds also support school leavers as they make the move from school to work through the Jobs Pathway Programme and funding through the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA).

“We have seen unprecedented growth in training opportunities over the past few years and the Budget initiatives will provide a further boost to the already record levels of people in training,” said Dr Kemp.

As part of promoting higher standards, greater opportunities and increased choice in vocational education and training, under the ANTA Agreement for 1998-2000, the Commonwealth is maintaining funding to the States and Territories with $918 million in funding allocated for 1999 to TAPE and the private training sector and $172.6 million over four years for national programmes.

This year, the Government has also underlined its commitment to young Australians by announcing a range of training initiatives that will help young people move from school into the workforce, particularly in rural and regional Australia.

“Funding for this new initiative to support regional Australia will total $51.4 million over five years, commencing 1 January 1999,” said Dr Kemp.

“The Rural and Regional New Apprenticeships initiative, which I launched earlier this year, will see this number grow even further by building a local skills base which in turn creates new opportunities for growth and greater job security in regional centres across Australia. This is a direct fulfilment of an election promise to address skill shortages in rural Australia.”

The additional funding will help employers in rural and regional Australia train New Apprentices in occupations where a skills shortage has been identified. It is expected to assist 30,000 New Apprentices by providing an additional $1,000 incentive when an employer progresses a New Apprentice from Certificate 2 training to Certificate 3 training.

A further $26 million in funding over the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 financial years will be allocated for the continuation of the successful Jobs Pathway Program (JPP) to provide vocational education and training opportunities in schools.

“The Jobs Pathway Program is an important way to help the 70% of school leavers who do not go on to university to move smoothly from school into work. The Government was very clear in its election statements that it was totally committed to strengthening options for these young people so that they avoid periods of unemployment,” said Dr Kemp.

The Government will also provide funding of $400,000 in 1999-2000 through the Developing an Enterprising Culture - Women In Small Business Programme to develop training materials specifically for women to encourage their increased participation in small businesses.

Media contact: Samantha Herron 0412 639 754 or 02 6277 7460

FACT SHEET

EXPANDED TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

The Federal Government is continuing to provide assistance for those in the community whose employment opportunities are restricted such as, women, people in rural and remote areas and young people. This budget increases funding to vocational education and training by $130 million over four years and provides funding o f $1.6 billion to vocational education and training per annum. - - ·

Rural and Regional New Apprenticeships Incentive

The Government has included over $51.4 million over 5 years commencing 1 January 1999 to support employers in rural and regional Australia train New Apprentices in occupations identified to be in skill shortage. The Rural and Regional New Apprenticeships Incentive,

which is expected to assist 30,000 New Apprentices, provides an additional $1,000 incentive when an employer progresses a New Apprentice from Certificate Π training to Certificate III training.

Enterprising Culture - Women In Small Business Programme

Funding o f $400,000 will be provided in 1999-2000, through the Developing an Enterprising Culture - Women In Small Business Programme, to develop training materials specifically for women to encourage their increased participation in small businesses.

The materials will be nationally recognised and will provide a training programme focussing on management skills for women in small business. Importantly the material will be designed in self paced learning format so that participants will be able learn at times convenient to them.

To encourage take-up o f the materials, Registered Training Organisations will be able to use„ the materials without licence or royalty fees.

Information on the products will be disseminated through on-line technology, seminars and printed material, and will be linked to broader information initiatives by the Department o f Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business.

Jobs Pathway Programme

In allocating a total o f $26 million over 1999-2000 and 2000-01 to the Jobs Pathway Programme, the Government is honouring its election commitment to strengthening school- to-work initiatives so that young people can make a smooth transition to the job market and avoid periods o f unemployment. Dr Kemp stated that, "with the commitment to JPP and the changes that have been made to the programme, young people will be able to access flexible and innovative forms o f assistance that really meets their needs at this important stage in their life". Dr Kemp went on to say that the Department o f Education, Training and Youth Affairs has recently called for tenders to manage JPP projects throughout 1999-2000 - these projects are expected to commence in early August.