Training the apprentices of the future

The State Liberals are calling on the Minister for Education Susan Close to guarantee that school-based apprenticeships and training will continue next year.

“When asked in State Parliament yesterday about the continuation of school-based training programs Minister Close would only guarantee their continuation for this year and a severely restricted criteria for next year,” said Shadow Minister for Employment, Skills and Training.

“The Minister for Education has confirmed that only the relatively low-value certificate 11 courses will continue to be subsidised by the Weatherill Government.

“The end of the vast majority of school based-apprenticeships and training would be yet another disastrous outcome of the Weatherill Governments ill-considered WorkReady program.

“The Minister for Education must act now to ensure that this critical plank of the school education system is not ripped away by these ill-considered changes.”

Mr PISONI ( Unley ) ( 14:51 ): 

Can the Minister guarantee that the changes to supported skills funding, announced by Minister Gago in the other place, will not affect school-based programs such as school-based apprenticeships and the training guarantee for SACE students?

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE ( Port Adelaide Minister for Education and Child Development, Minister for the Public Sector) (14:51): 

The first point to make on this matter is that for students who are undertaking their study this year there will be absolutely no impact at all. From next year, the arrangements are that there will be free courses in certificate II for those that have high public value that is, for those that are deemed to be the courses that will lead to work.