IR news wrap: Qld; Federal

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IR news wrap: Qld; Federal

Some recent IR news: Queenslanders are taking up apprenticeships and traineeships in record numbers; and the Government has rejected Labor’s call for a poverty summit.

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Some recent IR news: Queenslanders are taking up apprenticeships and traineeships in record numbers; and the Government has rejected Labor’s call for a poverty summit.

Queenslanders training in record numbers


Queenslanders are taking up apprenticeships and traineeships in record numbers at a time when national figures are declining, according to statistics released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

 

The Qld Employment, Training and Industrial Relations Minister Tom Barton said the figures - for the 12-month period ending June 2005 - showed that a record number of 76,100 Queenslanders were in apprenticeships and traineeships.

 

He said this was a 5.5% annual increase compared with a 2% drop nationally.

 

At 30 June this year, there were 76,100 Queenslanders in apprenticeships and traineeships, an increase of 4000 over the previous 12 months compared with a drop of 9000 nationally.

 

Qld Department of Employment and Training figures show that a further 1763 Queensland students started a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship in the June quarter. 

 

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Andrews rejects call for poverty summit  

The Federal Government has rejected Labor’s call for a poverty summit and is pressing ahead with its Welfare to Work legislation.

Kevin Andrews, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations said Labor’s Senators involved in the Senate Community Affairs References Committee report: A Hand Up not a Hand Out: Renewing the Fight Against Poverty, had recommended: 

  •  a poverty summit be held,

  • poverty targets be adopted and

  • an anti poverty agency be established.

‘None of these recommendations will do anything to address the issue of poverty or welfare dependency,’ Andrews said. ‘They will simply create more and more complex bureaucracy.

‘The very real problem of 700,000 Australian children growing up in jobless households will not be properly addressed by condemning people to a sedentary existence on welfare.’

Andrews said the best form of welfare is a job and ‘the primary cause of low income is not a low wage, but joblessness’.


 

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