|Issue No 89||23 March 2001|
Training Body Needs $150 Million to Cope with Growth
The ACTU is seeking at least $150 million for Vocational Education and Training in the first year of federal growth funding after a three-year federal funding freeze.
Bill Mansfield, ACTU Assistant Secretary, said that the growth in demand for VET for apprentices and trainees throughout Australia meant that at least $150 million of growth funding was needed from the Federal Government to the States in 2001. Any lesser amount is likely to lead to a further reduction in training opportunities and school leavers being unable to obtain training places, said Mr Mansfield.
"The amount of growth funding in future years will need to take account of a range of factors including on-going demand levels and overall state and federal funding arrangements"
Earlier innovation policy announcements by the Federal Government did not acknowledge the importance of vocational education and training, Mr Mansfield said.
"The ACTU supports the continuation of the Australian National Training Authority. The current failure to reach agreement on growth funding will lead to problems for the national training reform agenda and will cause a serious fall in support for training across Australia.
"Growth in the national skills base must be a joint responsibility of the Federal and State/Territory governments. To meet its share, the Federal government has to commit at least $150 million to growth in the next year."
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