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(2) Pre-feasibility work will define the objectives for each stage and identify strategic opportunities, define alignments and staging implementation options. This pre-feasibility work is dependent upon updating the light rail network plan first.

(3) The work undertaken by the Technical Advisor has concluded. This investigation study contributed valuable insights and findings that have informed the scope of the Light Rail Network Plan refresh, as well as identified options for the strategic objectives and opportunities that will be further explored and developed as part of pre-feasibility investigations and reports for each stage.

(4) Yes.

Education—STEM skills
(Question No 812)

Ms Clay asked the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, upon notice, on 3 June 2022:

(1) Given the ACT Government prepared the ACT Defence Industry Strategy 2017 which had a priority to promote STEM (space and cyber) career pathways in ACT primary and secondary school with a measure of their success being the number of space and cyber career initiatives (primary and secondary school), how many (a) ACT schools are currently running these programs and (b) students are participating in these programs.

(2) Does the Government have a similar strategy document for promoting the skills needed for any other specific, named industries, such as renewable energies or the health sciences.

(3) What other programs exist which are targeted to increase employment in areas with a need for more skills, given there has also been a recent announcement of further funding for the Understanding Building and Construction Program to encourage students in years 7-10 about the building and construction industry.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Directorate does not collect this information centrally. Engagement of programs and initiatives are a school-based decision, based on the needs of their students and school communities. The Education Directorate continues to ensure there are opportunities for students in STEM (space and cyber) to explore career pathways and gain knowledge, in line with the ACT Defence Industry Strategy.

(2) The Education Directorate uses the Skills Needs List produced by Skills Canberra to ensure alignment with industry needs in the coming year with career related opportunities. CBR Switched On sets out the ACT Government’s economic development priorities and Skilled to Succeed supports this agenda by outlining priorities and plans to support achievement of the agenda.

(3) Head Start is a new ASbA initiative for ACT public school students and an ACT Government Election Commitment. It provides a tailored school-based apprenticeship

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