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Group training network takes its case to Canberra

24-Jun-2015

The leaders of Australia’s group training sector will be meeting with federal MPs and Senators in Canberra this week to advocate on behalf of apprentices, trainees, group training organisations and host employers who are involved in training Australia’s next generation of skilled workers.

The Chief Executive of Group Training Australia (GTA), Jim Barron said the not-for-profit group training network had faced a challenging period as a result of various funding decisions taken over the last few years.

“For the first time in its 35-year history, there is no certainty regarding commonwealth government funding that supports apprentices and trainees who are engaged by group training organisations, many of whom are vital to so many regional, rural and remote communities” he said.

“Group training organisations have successfully supported tens of thousands of apprentices and trainees over some 35 years, and we believe there is a strong case for continued government support for this valuable employment and training network,” he said.

“Such funding support has been modest at best, but it has been vital to the capacity of not-for-profit group training organisations to offer employment and training opportunities to host businesses, apprentices and trainees.

“We will be meeting with MPs and senators from all sides of politics to remind them of the role that we play in assisting individuals, businesses and local communities.

“Without group training to facilitate training and skills development, many small and medium sized businesses simply would not be in a position to undertake training,” he said.

 Media Contact: Bob Bowden, Foresight Communications, bbowden@bowmac.com.au  0412 753 298