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    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    Minister secures future of Queensland’s VET sector

    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    Friday, November 30, 2012

    Minister secures future of Queensland’s VET sector

    Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek has today outlined the Newman Government’s plan to revitalise Queensland’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.

    The plan was formed from recommendations provided by the Skills and Training Taskforce Report that was handed down on 6 November.

    Minister Langbroek said the Taskforce Report provided recommendations in three areas including; the role and performance of the public provider, the apprenticeship system and industry engagement.

    He said the government response fully accepted 35 of the Taskforce’s 40 recommendations. The remaining five recommendations received in-principle support.

    “The Newman Government made a commitment to fix the broken VET system in Queensland,” Mr Langbroek said.

    “This Government response demonstrates that for the first time in decades Queensland’s VET system will be viable and meet the needs of our state’s economy.”

    Mr Langbroek said the Taskforce Report highlighted the systemic problems in TAFE and the need for urgent action to ensure this vital public provider thrives in the future.

    “Our goal is to increase participation in training in order to boost Queensland’s productivity and stimulate economic growth,” he said.

    “This can’t be achieved unless we modernise TAFE facilities and free up institutions to offer more flexible learning by overhauling industrial arrangements.”

    Mr Langbroek said the government agreed with the Taskforce’s recommendation that TAFE buildings could not continue to be utilised only 40 per cent of the time.

    “That is why the government’s response proposes the sale of 13 empty premises that are currently stripping money from viable campuses and their students,” he said.

    “We also undertake to look at the viability of all campuses because we would prefer students to learn in state of the art facilities than ageing, crumbling relics.”

    The Newman Government will release a five-year detailed implementation plan for skills and training in the first half of 2013.

    [ENDS] 30 November 2012

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