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Group training network welcomes new ministerial arrangements for vocational education and skills

24-Sep-2015

The peak body representing Australia’s group training network congratulates the new Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Luke Hartsuyker, on taking this significant role in the Turnbull ministry.

The Chief Executive of Group Training Australia (GTA) Jim Barron also congratulates Senator Simon Birmingham on his promotion to Minister for Education and Training.

“The development of skills and training for a competitive and dynamic economy is more important than ever, and we look forward to working with Ministers Hartsuyker and Birmingham on policies and strategies to achieve this.

“The vocational education and training (VET) sector faces a range of significant issues including the level of public and private investment, training quality and access, apprenticeship reform, and the possibility of a shift in federal-state responsibility, currently being considered by COAG.

“Minister Hartsuyker has strong credentials in this area and a sound understanding of the role of group training. The VET sector is integral to national economic wellbeing and requires both strong leadership and the capacity to canvass widely across a broad base of stakeholders,” Mr Barron said.

“We also look forward to continuing to work with Minister Birmingham across the broader education and training portfolio in his new role, with particular emphasis on the importance of vocational learning in schools and targeted careers advice for students.

“The position of the VET sector has undergone major reform over recent years, and funding has come under severe pressure, as outlined in new research from the Mitchell Institute,” Mr Barron said.

“Providing Australians with the skills and training they need is central to harnessing the nation’s productive capacity as well as our economic prosperity.

“We welcome the changes announced by Prime Minister Turnbull and look forward to working with his ministers on the important challenges we jointly face,” Mr Barron said.

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