The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service (AATIS) would like to congratulate Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash on her appointment to Attorney-General and Industrial Relations Minister.
Minister Cash has held the position of Federal Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business since May 2019 and has introduced many reforms that have enhanced the Australian Apprenticeship industry.
Most recently this has involved leading the Federal Governments response to the effects of COVID-19 on Australian Apprenticeships. The Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy and Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements are the largest investment into Australian Apprenticeships in Australian history.
Minister Cash has been instrumental in enacting reforms from the Joyce review into the Australian VET sector, amongst a wider agenda of reform in partnership with the State and Territory governments. This includes a review of the National Skills Needs List and streamlining the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program, as well as creating the Additional Identified Skills Shortage payment.
The National Careers Institute (NCI) was formed by the Australian Government through its 2019-20 Federal Budget measure, Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow. The NCI was established to ensure people have access to authoritative and accurate careers information and support irrespective of their age or career stage.
In October 2020, the NCI launched its digital platform, YourCareer.gov.au that provides clear and simple careers information to help people of all ages and circumstances better plan and manage their career.
“The National Careers Institute is a fantastic step forward for VET reform, and we are excited to continue to work closely with them to enhance Australian Apprenticeship,” Dr Peta Skujins, AATIS Director said.
“Minister Cash’s work on the NCI, along with her introduction of the National Skills Commission was a great example of her commitment to drive long-term improvements across the skills system.
“These reforms bring together existing information and data which will enhance the capability of skills analysis and the access of information to all Australian’s seeking positive career outcomes.
“The team at AATIS is very excited to continue our work alongside these reforms and the Commonwealth Government to continue to support Australian Apprenticeships and ongoing career outcomes,” Peta said.
AATIS would like to welcome Stuart Robert MP as Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business.
Minister Robert formerly held the position of Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Minister for Government Services.
“We would like to extend our welcome to Minister Robert and congratulate him on his new position.
“The team at AATIS are very keen to continue to work with Minister Robert and support him in his role as Minister,” Peta said.