Aug 10, 2019

Business community welcomes VET reform

Business community welcomes VET reform

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed plans for a reform roadmap for the country’s Vocation Education and Training sector by early 2020

It sprang from the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Cairns yesterday, when Australia’s parliamentary leaders agreed to a “shared vision for VET” to deliver the very best in vocational education.

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer James Pearson described it as marking “a new page in the education and training manual for our country”.

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO James Pearson.

“Our network of chambers and industry associations look forward to working with the COAG Skills Council and our education, training and skills ministers, to assist in the swift development of the VET reform roadmap,” he said.

“We are also pleased to see COAG progress in establishing a population framework to improve our evidenced-based population planning.  This was a key recommendation in our policy statement Migration Works for All of Us released before the last COAG meeting.”

Opening the event in Cairns Prime Minister Scott Morrison highlighted the importance of tackling the big skills challenges of the country and making sure the $7 billion-plus spent on training each was well directed.

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