Re­forms boost to skills

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NEW, af­ford­able op­por­tu­ni­ties for ev­ery­one who wants to im­prove their skills and gain qual­i­fi­ca­tions will be avail­able from July.

Em­ploy­ment, Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills Min­is­ter Tom Kenyon says the Gov­ern­ment will roll out changes to the way vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing is run through its Skills for All re­forms.

‘‘ If you are aged 16 years and over, you’ll be el­i­gi­ble for gov­ern­ment-funded train­ing that meets your needs and the needs of what in­dus­try is de­mand­ing,’’ he says.

‘‘ Un­der Skills for All, ap­proved train­ing providers will be able to of­fer na­tion­ally recog­nised Certificate I and II level cour­ses and ac­cred­ited cour­ses to im­prove read­ing, writ­ing, num­bers and com­puter skills, fee-free.

‘‘ In ad­di­tion, cour­ses de­ter­mined by the Gov­ern­ment to be pri­or­i­ties for the state will also be fee-free.

‘‘ There are about 400 cour­ses for which there will be no course fees.’’

Kenyon says train­ing and learn­ing that leads to se­cur­ing a job should not be some­thing only some peo­ple are able to af­ford.

To find out more about el­i­gi­bil­ity, ca­reer choices and train­ing op­tions through Skills for All, visit ex­hibit No. 90 at the expo.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.skills.sa.gov.au or by phoning 1800 506 266.

AC­CESS:

The Gov­ern­ment’s Skills for All re­forms will change the way vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing is run.

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