Record investment in skills delivering for the Nation

24 February 2013

The Gillard Government is recognising the importance of vocational education and training (VET) to the nation through record investment and reform, Parliamentary Secretary for Skills, Sharon Bird, said today in a major speech.

Addressing the Australian Education Union’s Annual Federal Conference in Melbourne, Ms Bird said the Government was working collaboratively to develop the nation’s workforce.

“We have one of the best VET and skills support systems in the world but we are committed to continual and on-going improvement to boost the national workforce,” Ms Bird said.

“We recognise the importance of working in partnership with unions and industry to help drive skills development across the economy and in workplaces across the nation.

“Through our investment, and by working in partnership with industry and unions, we are making sure we deliver the right skills at the right time. This is delivering better job opportunities and a higher pay packet for many Australians.”

“The Gillard Government is committed to giving more people the opportunity to gain new skills and improve their career prospects,” Ms Bird said.

“Importantly, through an investment of $796 million over the next four years, some of the most needy people will get the assistance they need to improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills.”