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‘Job-ready skills’: School-based traineeships are the bee’s knees

‘Job-ready skills’: School-based traineeships are the bee’s knees

Giving high school students access to fee-free apprenticeships and traineeships provides young people with valuable job experience even before they graduate. Beekeeper Oden Boulter made the most of it.

  • by Anna Patty

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Female tradies reach for the top of the world

Female tradies reach for the top of the world

A new NSW government program aims to close the gender gap in the trades industry.

  • by Anna Patty
TAFE restructure forces job cuts and a spill of hundreds of positions
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TAFE restructure forces job cuts and a spill of hundreds of positions

Campuses in Sydney’s south-west and west are bracing for the worst of feared job cuts after TAFE NSW released documents that show a net loss of 678 positions.

  • by Anna Patty
New school-based traineeship program opening doors for NSW students
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New school-based traineeship program opening doors for NSW students

Starting with a pilot program in the state’s north, the NSW government is rolling out new school-based traineeships to students close to finishing high school.

  • by Anna Patty
TAFE sell-off approved on the same day minister met with Racing NSW
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TAFE sell-off approved on the same day minister met with Racing NSW

Within weeks of making an offer to buy Scone TAFE, Racing NSW met with the state government and a decision to sell the site was approved on the same day as the meeting.

  • by Anna Patty
Ditching PowerPoint for falls prevention: Aged care training to provide more practical skills

Ditching PowerPoint for falls prevention: Aged care training to provide more practical skills

A national review of aged care skills training has proposed a new qualification that will allow students, for the first time, to specialise in both aged care and disability support.

  • by Anna Patty
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‘The odds are stacked against us’: Student loans taking two years longer to pay off
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‘The odds are stacked against us’: Student loans taking two years longer to pay off

NSW Premier Gladys Berejikilian and Skills and Tertiary Education Minister Geoff Lee will urge the federal government to extend income-contingent student loans to vocational students.

  • by Anna Patty and Nigel Gladstone
From high school to retirement: Career advisers for all workers to drive COVID-19 recovery

From high school to retirement: Career advisers for all workers to drive COVID-19 recovery

Western Sydney University chancellor Peter Shergold the future of the workforce was uncertain and people needed “lifelong career advice” as they navigated changes throughout their working lives”.

  • by Alexandra Smith
HECS architect calls for loan scheme to cover vocational training

HECS architect calls for loan scheme to cover vocational training

The economist who designed the student loan system has supported an Australian Productivity Commission recommendation it be extended to the vocational education and training sector.

  • by Anna Patty
Racing NSW bids to buy TAFE site

Racing NSW bids to buy TAFE site

Racing NSW hopes to be successful in its bid to buy the Scone TAFE site to provide horse industry training.

  • by Anna Patty
TAFE site to be sold off for ‘less than it cost’ decades ago
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TAFE site to be sold off for ‘less than it cost’ decades ago

The state government is planning to privatise a NSW TAFE facility that is valued at less than what it cost more than 25 years ago.

  • by Anna Patty