The Australian Government is making important reforms to the VET FEE HELP scheme to improve the quality and effectiveness of the scheme and to better protect students taking out a VET FEE HELP loan.
FutureNow is seeking feedback on the draft WA nominal hours for the Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package (version 1 and 2). To view the hours, click here.
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Reforms to the State's public vocational education and training sector will see 11 TAFE colleges reduced to 5 with the intention to improve training options for students and reduce administrative duplication.
Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said the Training Sector Reform Project, which started last year, recommended two key changes to the function and structure of the publicly funded training system.
"Currently we have 70 campuses administered by 11 TAFE colleges. Under the changes these 70 campuses will be administered by five TAFE colleges," Mrs Harvey said.
"New arrangements will also be introduced for greater collaboration among the network of colleges, allowing resources and expertise to be shared across WA. This will give students, particularly those in regional areas, access to more diverse training programs."
The Minister said there would be no impact on students enrolled in courses this year.
The reforms will also see the reinstatement of the TAFE brand, in recognition of the strong historical association and awareness by local communities.
Screen Australia is introducing a new project to measure the economic, cultural and social ‘value’ of the Australian screen sector. The report, supported by the newly formed Australian Screen Industry group, will provide the screen sector and government with an opportunity to help shape future policy settings. The findings and a screen industry action plan will be launched at a Cultural Roundtable and Showcase event in Canberra on 21 June 2016.
Read more here.
Applications for the State Government's WA Training Awards 2016 are now open in 13 categories for individuals and organisations. Changes to the categories for this year include broadening the eligibility for WA School-based Apprentices to include students undertaking Certificate II level qualifications, and the addition of a new category - the WA International Student of the Year.
For further detail on the awards and how to apply, click here.
Fitness Australia’s Profile of the Industry Report, focused on the fitness industry workforce, indicates that the number of people employed as a fitness instructor or personal trainer has more than doubled over the past decade. The bulk of the workforce growth took place between 2005 and 2010, while growth year to year more recently has been somewhat variable.
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Principals and teachers now have access to a list of over 250 STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths – programs to benefit students across the country.
The 2016 STEM Program Index details initiatives that support teachers and students to improve their skills through professional development, mentoring and curriculum resources.
Released by the Office of the Chief Scientist last month, the Index will help teachers develop their skills and bring new ideas into the classroom, inspiring students to pursue STEM subjects and careers in the new school year.
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Recognising the potential growth within Aboriginal tourism, the Western Australian Government has announced that 17 Aboriginal tourism businesses, through the Government's $4.6 million Aboriginal Tourism Development Program 2015-2018, will receive business advice and mentoring for three years.
The Aboriginal Tourism Development Program 2015-2018 is made possible through the Royalties for Regions program.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the program would help businesses improve profits and create opportunities for employment and skills development.
To view the media statement, please click here.
As part of the Australian Government’s Youth Employment Strategy, the Transition to Work service has been developed to provide intensive, pre-employment support to young people improve their work-readiness and help them into work (including apprenticeships and traineeships) or education.
Seven employment regions around Australia have been identified, with Perth South named as the first Western Australian region where the service is set to commence in February 2016.
To view Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash’s Media release, please click here
Findings from Roy Morgan research has revealed that the proportion of Australians who go hiking/bushwalking has skyrocketed over the last five years. Identified as lifestyle choice that people undertake for health benefits - ‘green exercise’ – the research shows that people who hike/bushwalk tend to take outdoors-based holidays. The Roy Morgan Research shows that between October 2010 and September 2015, the proportion of Australians aged 14 years or over who reported going hiking/bushwalking on a regular basis grew from 2.9% to 5.2%, while those who participated either regularly or occasionally increased from 15.6% to 27.3% (or more than 5.3 million Australians).