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The federal government has committed $9.1 million to support a business case for a National Skills Passport, detailed in an employment white paper due to be released on Monday.
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“We want to make it easier for more workers in more industries to adapt and adopt new technology and to grab the opportunities on offer in the defining decade ahead of us,” Chalmers said.
Treasurer Jim Chalmers said the National Skills Passport will make it easier for employers to find highly-qualified staff. Source: AAP / Lukas Coch
Skills and Training Minister Brendan O’Connor said while there was a focus on shortages being experienced around the country right now, it was also crucial to make sure students’ skills were recognised so they could upskill, reskill and find work as the economy changes.
Business Council chief executive Bran Black welcomed the commitment, with the employer group a long-time advocate for such a scheme.
“For employers, it will provide a nationally consistent format to view and verify the skills and competencies of a potential employee,” Black said.
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The Reserve Bank currently uses the non-accelerating inflation rate of unemployment as a tool to control inflation but excerpts from the paper assert a broader suite of measures is needed to track full employment.