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Assembly that one student management consultant has been in place at the school for all of term 2; another student management consultant has been at the school for five days, supporting staff in developing procedures for managing student behaviour in the playground; year 6 and 7 teachers have received in-class support for two days to assist them in developing appropriate classroom strategies to manage school behaviour; and a team of three student management consultants has worked with the entire school staff in developing student welfare and management procedures.

Education, Training and Young People—Standing Committee

Report 8—government response

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Planning and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation) (3.24): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Education, Training and Young People—Standing Committee—Report 8—Vocational Education and Training to Address Skills Shortages (Sixth Assembly)—Government response.

I am pleased to table the government’s response to the Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Education, Training and Young People’s report No 8 on their inquiry into vocational education and training to address skills shortages. I commend the committee for the thorough way in which they went about gathering information through submissions and hearings and preparing the report.

The committee was instructed:

To inquire into and report on the responses of the vocational education and training sector to skill shortages in the ACT workforce, with particular reference to-:

the demand for vocational education and training and whether this demand is being met in the ACT;

incentives and impediments to the commencement and completion of apprenticeships or traineeships;

the appeal of apprenticeships and traineeships as career development pathways, including general community perceptions;

the effectiveness of apprenticeships and traineeships in addressing skills shortages; and

other related matters.

The committee made a number of recommendations. The government has either agreed in principle or noted all of those recommendations. I would like to acknowledge the work of the standing committee and am very pleased to table the government response to that committee’s report. I will not read through the rest, because we have got enough on today. I move:

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