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Over 40,000 students benefit from $16 million from school to work funding.

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Media Release



Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training

Senator for Western Australia


E 166/98

24 September 1998






The Minist er for Schools, Vocational Education and Training, Senator Chris Ellison, today announced funding of $16 million for 275 School Industry programmes across Australia.


“This funding will provide over 40,000 year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to gain national recognised skills and qualifications through both classroom and workplace based learning. These students are getting the skills to get to work.


“Projects range from the Port Pine Regional Cluster in South Australia, which involves seven schools within a 20,000 kilometre area to provide a seamless pathway to real jobs, to the involvement of BP in School Based New Apprenticeships in Victoria.


“Today’s announcement is the outcome of the 1998 funding submission process to the Australian Student Traineeship Foundation (ASTF).


“The ASTF is a Federal Government funded foundation receiving $80 million over four years to develop and support joint school-industry programmes which promote opportunities for young Australians to acquire work placement knowledge and experience before they graduate from school.


“High youth unemployment is of deep concern to the Government. School to work programmes help young people get the skills they need to get a job, or to take up a New Apprenticeship.


“Schools are able to make a difference to the 70% of young people who do not go directly on to university. Federal Government funding of $200 million over four years for vocational education in schools will build better pathways so that students can go from school to work.


In 1995 an estimated 26,300 year 11 and 12 students participated in VET in Schools. An estimated 114,000 students are participating in VET in Schools activity across Australia. The number of students enrolled in ASTF supported programmes had grown from 18,000 at the end of 1996 to 38,000 in 1997.


“The number of trainees and apprentices in training reached record levels at the end of March 1998 with over 183,000 people in contracted training - an increase of 28 per cent on 1996. At the comparable time under Labor (March 1996), there were only 144,000 in training. If current trends continue, we expect that by the end of 1998, people in training will exceed 200,000 for the first time.


A funding Fact sheet breakdown follows.


Media inquiries: Samantha Herron 02/6277 7540; 0412 639 754