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Ai Group to take active role in establishment of Australian Technical Colleges.

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Ai Group to take active role in establishment of Australian Technical Colleges

November 2004

Statement by: Heather Ridout, Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group

The National Executive of the Australian Industry Group today endorsed a strategy to support the development and implementation of the Federal Government’s 24 technical colleges. Ai Group sees the colleges as addressing a genuine need for skill development in young people leading to qualifications which will give them exciting and fulfilling careers in industry.

The Ai Group National Executive meeting today in Canberra expressed strong support for this key Government initiative.

The Executive also supported a number of principles it felt should underpin the establishment of the colleges which would ensure a fresh approach to the provision of skill development. To guarantee the effective establishment of the colleges it is essential that:

• Industry takes a strong leadership role; • Industry has a hands-on commitment to the operation of the colleges; • The colleges aim to develop young people with contemporary skills of a technical, academic and entrepreneurial nature;

• The college staff are appropriately skilled with industry relevant expertise; • Industry is involved at a local and national level in determining the most appropriate site for each college; and that • Industry has a fundamental role determining the structure and focus of the

various college models which eventuate.

We also look forward to the implementation of the new Ai Group designed Technology Cadetship qualification in tandem with the establishment of the technical colleges.

The National Executive applauds the Government’s leadership in addressing the chronic skill shortages issue and will actively support programs in this area.

Contacts: Heather Ridout, Chief Executive, 02 9466 5566

Media Inquiries: Tony Melville, 02 6233 0700