Skills and Training

Our vocational education and training (VET) sector is training almost four million students annually, providing students with the opportunity to gain the skills they need to:

  • enter the workforce for the first time
  • re-enter the workforce
  • upgrade their skills for an existing job
  • retrain for a new job
  • gain new qualifications
  • get credit towards higher qualifications.

The formal qualifications awarded by Australia’s registered training organisations on completion of VET programs are nationally recognised and highly valued by industry, employers and governments.
 

News

The following is a list of all the news items that are associated with Skills and Training.

Skills Service Organisations Announced for the Manufacturing, Automotive and Mining and Drilling Sectors

News | 10 November 2016

Submissions have been extended for the 2017-18 SOL update

News | 9 November 2016

Review of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Data Policy

News | 30 October 2016

Submissions now open for the 2017-18 SOL update

News | 11 October 2016

Students will benefit from new VET Student Loans program

News | 5 October 2016

Support for students is at the centre of the new VET Student Loans program to be introduced from 1 January 2017.

Apprenticeships Reform Advisory Group Recommendation Report

News | 8 August 2016

New Skills and Training Videos!

News | 4 August 2016

2016 Australian Training Awards – 17 November – Register Now

News | 30 June 2016

2016 Australian Training Awards – 17 November – Register Now

Engaging Employers in Skills Development for the 21st Century: Joint Australian Government and OECD Workshop

News | 22 June 2016

Policy makers and industry representatives from around the world converged on Adelaide on the 2nd and 3rd of June for a skills innovation workshop - jointly hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Australian Government.

2016-17 Skilled Occupations List

News | 20 May 2016

Apprenticeship Training – alternative delivery pilots

News | 6 May 2016

Discussion paper released to inform the redesign of the VET FEE-HELP scheme

News | 29 April 2016

Senator the Hon Scott Ryan Minister for Vocational Education and Skills has released a discussion paper on the redesign of the [no-lexicon]VET FEE-HELP[/no-lexicon] scheme.

COAG Industry and Skills Council

News | 1 April 2016

The fifth skills session of the COAG Industry and Skills Council (CISC) was held in Sydney on 1 April 2016.

Skills excellence recognised at the 2015 Australian Training Awards

News | 20 November 2015

Western Australia’s Jared Stone was named Australian Apprentice of the Year at the 2015 Australian Training Awards in Hobart on Thursday 19 November. Jared was among 16 winners out of 76 finalists, including Peter Henneken AM, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for over 40 years of...

New law to recover HELP and TSL debts from overseas Australians

News | 9 November 2015

Adult Migrant English Program Community Consultations

News | 8 July 2015

Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, will host a series of community consultations on the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) following the recent completion of an independent evaluation of the programme.

Enhancements to the My Skills website launched

News | 7 July 2015

Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, has launched the latest round of enhancements to the My Skills website today. 

2015-16 Skilled Occupations List

News | 2 July 2015

New Apprenticeship Network open for business

News | 30 June 2015

The new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) has opened its doors nationally.

Skills Ministers meet to further skills reform agenda

News | 8 May 2015

On 8 May 2015, Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham chaired a meeting of COAG Industry and Skills Council Ministers with responsibility for skills.

Australian Industry and Skills Committee established

News | 7 May 2015

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training, today announced the establishment of the new Australian Industry and Skills Committee.

New Australian Apprenticeship Support Network to increase apprentice completion rates

News | 27 April 2015

On 27 April 2015, the Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, announced the successful organisations that will form the new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (the Apprenticeship Network).

New Arrangements for Training Product Development for Australian Industry

News | 20 April 2015

Australia needs a skilled and flexible workforce to adapt to rapid technological change in the workplace, and to maintain and improve our economic position in the face of increasing global competition.

Two new pilot programmes to skill up young employees

News | 5 March 2015

Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, has launched two new pilot programmes to help deliver skilled young employees to businesses in regions where unemployment is high.

National Training Complaints Hotline protects students

News | 19 January 2015

Students, apprentices and employers now have access to the National Training Complaints Hotline, launched today by Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham.