29 September 2011
Australian industry will benefit from more immediate job training investment with the Government announcing the accelerated commencement of the National Workforce and Productivity Agency and "Skills Connect" initiatives.
Through Skills Connect the Government will act as a skills broker by consolidating current skills programs in order to transition workers from sectors which are experiencing structural adjustment to sectors in which skilled labour is in strong demand, such as the resources and constructions industries.
Skills Connect is set to provide $109 million in funding for the remainder of 2011-12 through the National Workforce Development Fund, Accelerated Apprenticeship Program, Apprenticeship Mentoring Program, and Workplace English Language and Literacy Program.
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