Evans backs more flex­i­ble skills train­ing

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train­ing sys­tem will en­sure Aus­tralia main­tains its global com­pet­i­tive edge, ac­cord­ing to Skills and Jobs Min­is­ter Chris Evans.

Sen­a­tor Evans says a Skills Aus­tralia re­port on skills re­form con­firms vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing has a crit­i­cal role in boost­ing the num­ber of peo­ple in the work­force and their pro­duc­tiv­ity.

The re­port shows VET has al­most twice as many stu­dents from low so­cio-eco­nomic back­grounds and five times as many in­dige­nous stu­dents than higher ed­u­ca­tion.

Sen­a­tor Evans says rec­om­men­da­tions to pro­duce a more flex­i­ble VET sys­tem – such as fund­ing in­dus­try-based, de­mand-driven train­ing – are wel­come.

‘‘ We have . . . been clear about our de­sire to re­form the ap­pren­tice­ship and train­ing sys­tems to en­sure they are flex­i­ble and re­spon­sive to in­dus­try needs,’’ he says.

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