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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2215 ..

(3) It is possible that both Commonwealth departments would be involved in the payment of potential benefits.

Education-pre-vocational programs

(Question No 697)

Mrs Burke

asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services on 8 May 2003, upon notice:

In relation to the SPICE scheme and your reply to part (5) of Question on Notice 524 in which you stated that there was an overlap between the SPICE program and existing pre-vocational programs, can you list the existing pre-vocational programs.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mrs Burke's question is:

The existing pre-vocational programs are:

1. GRAPES (Ginninderra's Relevant Apprenticeships for Pre-Employment through Skills and Education Program) at Ginninderra District High School. Year 9 and 10 students at risk of leaving school are engaged in developing employability and enterprise skills through pre-apprenticeship training. Funding provided by the ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Funding Board, ANTA and Skills 500.

2. BISEPS (Building Industry Skills Enhancement Program) - similar to the GRAPES program but expanded to six southern high schools.

3. VET in Schools programs - through VET an increasing number of students in high schools and colleges are taking the opportunity to receive a nationally recognised industry qualification and certificate.

4. SNAPS - VET students can gain "on the job"skills in a chosen industry area offered at school or by an external partner.

5. Year 9 Exhibitions - all students are required to undertake a community based learning project and present their findings and experiences.

6. Quest Solutions through the Job Pathways Program (JPP) also places year 9-12 students in work placements.

7. High School Development Program - in the 2002-2003 budget the government allocated $2m for this initiative to assist government high schools to develop organisational structures and curricula to prepare students for lifelong learning.

8. Work Experience program is offered by all high schools for students in years 9-12 and is supported by the departmental Work Experience Co-ordinator.

Drugs-needle and syringe program

(Question No 698)

Mrs Burke

asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

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