Evans backs more flexible skills training
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.