Brain train­ing plan for lazi­est learn­ers


tech­ni­cal race, a 200m sprint and a gru­elling 20km marathon.

Surf­ing Queens­land com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager John An­drews said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had seen an in­crease in the num­ber of peo­ple tak­ing up the sport in re­cent years.

“I think what’s so at­trac­tive about stand-up STU­DENTS’ brains will be “rewired” un­der a Fed­eral Govern­ment crack­down on lazy learn­ers and those un­able to find work.

The $1.8 mil­lion plan to help Bris­bane and Syd­ney stu­dents comes as a two-year blow­torch on pro­fes­sional stu­dents and use­less cour­ses has re­duced drop-outs and grad­u­ates who end up on the dole for years.

The “Rewire the Brain” ini­tia­tive is an Aus­tralian first and is “based on the rel­a­tively new un­der­stand­ing that, like a mus­cle, the brain can be trained and im­proved”.

About 240 TAFE stu­dents will un­dergo face-to-face and com­puter train­ing to im­prove their cog­ni­tive func­tion­ing and so­cial and emo­tional skills.

It will in­clude try­ing to im­prove me­mory, the pro­cess­ing speed of stu­dents’ brains, and build­ing on re­silience and so­cial in­ter­ac­tion, which are qual­i­ties de­sired by em­ploy­ers.

The lat­est pro­gram un­der the Try, Test and Learn pol­icy pad­dle board­ing is that any­one can kind of have a go and get up on their feet the first time,” Mr An­drews said. “I guess five or 10 years ago, peo­ple didn’t re­ally know it ex­isted, and now if you go down to any wa­ter­way in south­east Queens­land on the week­end, you’ll see hun­dreds of peo­ple get­ting around on SUPs.” will be one of seven ini­tia­tives an­nounced to­day by So­cial Ser­vices Min­is­ter Chris­tian Porter.

Mr Porter will also re­veal mea­sures in­tro­duced by the Coali­tion had de­creased the num­ber of stu­dents des­tined for wel­fare.

It in­cludes re­mov­ing tax­payer-funded cour­ses that do not lead to jobs, stricter re­quire­ments to find a job and more help to find em­ploy­ment.

“Be­tween 2015 and 2016 there were 4860 peo­ple more likely to be in self-ful­fill­ing, long-term em­ploy­ment rather than fall­ing into the wel­fare trap af­ter fin­ish­ing study,” Mr Porter told The Courier-Mail yes­ter­day.

“Sig­nif­i­cantly, it is es­ti­mated that this re­duc­tion may save the tax­payer $410 mil­lion in fu­ture life­time costs.”

The na­tional de­crease is 10.5 per cent, but in Queens­land it is higher at 11.5 per cent.

Mr Porter said the seven ini­tia­tives would cost al­most $13 mil­lion, but would be cheaper than hav­ing stu­dents on the dole for years.

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