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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 March 2015) . . Page.. 1122 ..

To make sure that students who start courses finish them successfully, skilled capital also funds a range of wrap-around services to give them the support they need over the full course of their studies. Perhaps most importantly, targeting training support to qualifications in areas of high skills needs offers the greatest benefit to trainees and the public. By training in areas of greatest skills need, students maximise their opportunity for improved employment outcomes.

Skilled capital funding is contestable, thereby allowing any provider that meets the territory’s eligibility requirements to deliver subsidised ACT government-funded training through the initiative. This model will increase the training options available to students and allow students to choose the training options that are right for them.

The addition of skilled capital to other government-subsidised training programs, including the Australian apprenticeships program, offers all Canberrans access to their entitlement to government-supported training.

Schools—public holiday

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the minister for education. Minister, it has been determined that Monday, 27 April will be a public holiday for ACT public servants and ACT public schools but not for the remainder of either the non-government school sector or the general workforce. Minister, will ACT public schools be conducting any holiday programs on that day for the significant number of students whose parents work full time or is it intended that parents will be required to take a day of annual leave to look after the children?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Doszpot for his question. As I understand it, some schools are considering an additional day of holiday care or before or after school care. Those negotiations and discussions are happening on a school by school basis.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what consultations were conducted by the Education and Training Directorate, and with whom, to come to the decision that public schools would close?

MS BURCH: As has been said today, it is an ACT public service extra day. So teachers, being members of the ACT public service, get that day off.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, will ACT public school teachers have an additional public holiday added to their leave entitlements, and is this covered under the current EBA?

MS BURCH: I am not sure of the detail of that, but ACT public schools will not be open on Monday, 27 April.

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