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Media statement on appointment as Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills

I am honoured to be appointed as the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills.

Vocational education is central to Australia's economic growth and business productivity. One in four working aged Australians are enrolled in one of the 4600 registered training organisations that deliver Vocational Education and Training in Australia.

Australia needs quality apprentices to build the infrastructure of the future and repair the infrastructure of the past. Apprenticeships provide thousands of Australians with the training and work experience to set them up in a career, and the skilled workforce our local businesses need to succeed.

I now have a great opportunity to work closely with the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham to create positive outcomes for Australians undertaking vocational education.