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Group training network welcomes new minister for skills and training

15-Feb-2016

Policy stability and certainty key challenges

 
The peak body representing Australia’s group training network congratulates the new Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Senator Scott Ryan, on his elevation to the portfolio.
 
The Chief Executive of Group Training Australia (GTA) Jim Barron said Senator Ryan comes to the portfolio with the benefit of his previous experience as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training.
 
“We welcome the appointment of Senator Ryan and wish him every success in the role. 
 
“We also express the hope that the vocational education and training (VET) sector will see a period of political and policy stability.
 
“Minister Ryan has substantial challenges before him, mindful that six ministers from both Labor and the Coalition have now presided over the portfolio in a little over two and a half years,” he said.
 
“There has also been a period of significant policy upheaval, with VET reform being launched across a broad range of fronts, and the VET FEE-HELP loans scandal which has drained billions of dollars and tarnished the reputation of the sector,” Mr Barron said.
 
GTA believes it is time for a period of policy and program stability and certainty; getting back to the basics of training that delivers jobs, and taking VET out of the policy laboratory and the endless cycle of tinkering.
 
The group training network is keen to play its part in the core areas where it delivers skills, jobs and careers – apprenticeships and traineeships, including  pre-apprenticeships training, pre-vocational training, support for regional, rural and remote employers and apprentices, and improving employment and training for Indigenous communities.
 
Mr Barron also extended his appreciation to the former Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Luke Hartsuyker for his contribution since taking on the portfolio.
 
GTA looks forward to meeting Minister Ryan to discuss these issues at his earliest convenience.
 
Media Contact: Bob Bowden, Foresight Communications 0412 753 298  bbowden@bowmac.com.au 
 
Group Training Australia is the national peak body representing the network of over 120 Group Training Organisations (GTOs) employing apprentices and trainees throughout Australia. www.grouptraining.com.au