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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1690..


(2) What level of funding has the Government specifically allocated to CIT for the provision of traditional trade areas and emerging industries;

(3) How is the funding allocated across these areas;

(4) Has the fitting and machinery workshop been closed down at the CIT due to occupation, health and safety concerns;

(5) Did a first year engineering mechanical apprentice turn up to CIT in |January 2004, was given a pile of books and told to come back on 20 July 2004 for tests;

(6) If so, what explanations were given to the students as to why this action was taken.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mrs Burke's question is:

(1) The Training and Adult Education (TAE) Branch of the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services (DEYFS) advises that DEYFS has actively promoted New Apprenticeships in the ACT in 2003 through a coordinated television, radio, newsprint and cinema advertising campaign. The cinema advertisements are still running and will continue until the end of June 2004. This campaign was complementary to a major national advertising campaign by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training.


The Department of Education, Youth and Family Services intends to repeat successful elements of the campaign in April-June 2004, to coincide with another Commonwealth campaign starting in May.


In addition, during 2004 the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services is producing a range of brochures to promote the uptake of New Apprenticeships in targeted industry areas.

(2) CIT receives funding in the Funding Agreement (Purchase Agreement) from the ACT Government for NSW-based trainees and apprentices in trade areas. The Nominal Hours Supervised (NHS) hours for NSW trainees and apprentices in 2003 totalled 138,250 at an average funding rate of $12.97 per NHS. This equates to funding of $1,793,102 in 2003. CIT is expecting a similar amount in 2004 for NSW-based trainees and apprentices in trade areas.

(3) The ACT Government does not allocate any funds directly to CIT for ACT-based trainees and apprentices in traditional trade areas. Funding for ACT-based trainees and apprentices in trade areas is held by the Training and Adult Education Branch (TAE) and allocated to Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) under User Choice arrangements. Funding to particular RTOs is dependent on TAE receiving appropriate claims for specific students.


For emerging industries, CIT receives funding in the Funding Agreement from the ACT Government for a number of courses. These courses are mainly in the areas of electronic design and digital imaging, spatial information services, 3-D animation, photonics, and eastern massage therapy. The NHS hours for courses in these emerging industries in 2003 totalled 151,353 at an average funding rate of $12.97 per NHS. This equates to funding of $1,963,048 in 2003. CIT is expecting a similar amount in 2004 for courses in emerging industries.


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