Does it benefit every student to complete years 11 & 12 at High School?

Year 11 & 12 students once had the option to complete their schooling in TAFE/RTO colleges. These students were not interested in attending university, and had a trade career planned for after school. This was scraped and since high schools have tried to absorb the role of trade training centres but without the links to industry that true trade schools have.

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SNOBBERY, policy neglect and funding cuts are steadily eroding Australia’s vocational education and training sector, a leading academic has warned.

On a per-student basis, spending has gone backwards. Between 1999and 2011 per student government VET spending fell by 25 per cent against a 30 per cent rise in spending per primary school student and a20 per cent rise per secondary school student. In higher education, per student spending has been largely flat.

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Jim Baff Scholarship: places offered in Certificate II Construction – applications open for 13th October 2014 course

FCTA – Building Careers offers a limited number of fee free training scholarships as part of the Jim Baff Scholarship programme. Jim opened FCTA in 2001 with the goal to deliver quality training in a flexible environment. As a former Rotary President, Jim had a strong desire to offer community assistance to people who had a good work ethic, and who wanted to change their lives via a career in the building industry. Places are limited, applications should be made to Trisch Baff at trisch@fcta.com.au, or calling 08 8367 5616.

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Important: Changes to pay rates for apprentices signed up after 01/01/2014

On March 21st 2014 the Fair Work Commission made significant changes to how apprentices are paid. Progression of pay rates is now linked to the amount of competency they achieve at trade school. If apprentices complete more than 25% of their trade school before their contract of training anniversary, they are now to be paid at the 2nd year apprentice rate.

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Pre-Apprenticeship courses give students an advantage finding apprenticeships

Pre-apprenticeship students are more likely to secure an apprenticeship, and keep it. We have a wide range of people complete these courses, and great examples of former students who have secured apprenticeships.

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Trade licensing: the national licensing system has been cancelled, so what next?

National trade licensing has been scrapped. Attention has now been taken away from the issue of unlicensed workers in the building industry. The process to apply for a contractors licence in South Australia does not require the completion of an apprenticeship, proof of experience is suitable. Full details about how to apply are available at cbs.sa.gov.au.

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