Students, graduates and working professionals in Baulkham Hills are set to benefit from industry-leading education and expert careers advice, as the NSW Government embarks on bold new reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.
Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott has welcomed the NSW Government’s commitment to:
- Establish Careers NSW;
- Establish a new form of tertiary education known as NSW Institute of Applied Technology (IAT);
- Advocate for VET student loans, similar to the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS), to extend to certificate III and IV;
- Improve the quality of vocational education made available in high schools; and,
- Consult with industry experts on VET course curriculums.
The reforms come as part of accepting and implementing all five recommendations from the Gonski-Shergold Review into the VET sector, commissioned in 2020.
“These new and innovative initiatives will ensure the skills delivered in NSW are industry best-practice, and our training industry remains at the cutting edge,” Mr Elliott said.
“Constant technological developments, paired with the impacts of COVID-19 means the job profile of Baulkham Hills is transforming. I am thrilled the NSW Government is supporting our community to thrive in a 21st century economy.”
Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the recommendations will elevate the NSW VET system to an enviable standard.
“Our VET sector has already led the way in training frontline workers who have safeguarded our economy these last 12 months. These reforms ensure the sector evolves and remains accessible so the NSW economy can continue to drive forward.”
The full Review into the VET sector can be accessed here: https://education.nsw.gov.au/about-us/strategies-and-reports/our-reports-and-reviews/review-on-the-nsw-vocational-education-and-training-sector.