Apprenticeships in Queensland are set to be revamped following the release of a new state government plan for the vocational education and training sector.
John-Paul Langbroek, Queensland’s minister for education, training and employment, said the aim was to revitalise the industry in three key areas.
This included the apprenticeships system, as well as industry engagement and the performance of the public provider.
“Our goal is to increase participation in training in order to boost Queensland’s productivity and stimulate economic growth,” he stated.
“This can’t be achieved unless we modernise TAFE facilities and free up institutions to offer more flexible learning by overhauling industrial arrangements.”
The new proposals were put together following advice given in the Skills and Training Taskforce Report that was handed down on November 6.
Of the document’s 40 recommendations, the state government fully accepted 37 of them and offered ‘in-principle’ support for the remaining three.
According to the report, TAFE buildings are only used 40 per cent of the time – an issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
The Newman government is expected to release a five-year implementation plan for skills and training within the first six months of next year.