24 Apr 2017
The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews, MP last week announced the outcome of Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program tender. These programs are designed to provide vital English language, literacy and numeracy training to migrants, humanitarian entrants and job seekers.
TAFE Queensland will continue delivery of the Australian Government funded Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program, having secured a three year contract with the Australian Government Department of Education and Training for each program, with the option to be extended.
From July 2017, TAFE Queensland will continue as the exclusive provider of the AMEP and SEE programs across 39 Queensland locations, and will expand delivery of the SEE program into a number of other Queensland locations, including Ipswich, Toowoomba, the Sunshine Coast, Cairns and Far North Queensland.
The expansion means that jobseekers in the expansion regions will be able to access 800 hours of free literacy and numeracy training designed to get them back into work or prepare for further education.
With almost 10,000 students progressing through the AMEP and SEE programs in 2016, TAFE Queensland CEO Jodi Schmidt said the outcome was good news for Queenslanders.
“This decision means we will continue to be the sole provider of the AMEP and a major provider of the SEE Program across the state.
“Our ongoing provision of this contract means that we can continue to provide life-changing language, literacy, numeracy, and work skills for students from many different backgrounds.
“Our AMEP cohort consists of refugees and migrants from more than 30 different countries around the world, and SEE clients range from disadvantaged youth and Indigenous students to mature-age learners looking to upskill. So many people have the capacity to benefit from these programs,” Ms Schmidt added.
“The widespread benefits of these courses do not go unnoticed. The vast majority of students who participate in these programs with TAFE Queensland go on to achieve their planned outcome – whether that be employment or further study,” said Ms Schmidt.
The AMEP and SEE are funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.
These new AMEP and SEE contracts will commence in July 2017.
About the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)
The AMEP provides up to 510 hours of free English language tuition to eligible migrants from the skilled, family and humanitarian visa streams, to assist with their settlement in Australia. The AMEP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. In Queensland, the AMEP is delivered exclusively through TAFE Queensland. For more information please visit www.tafeqld.edu.au/amep
About the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE)
SEE is an approved Work for the Dole activity that offers up to 800 hours of free training to eligible jobseekers aged 15-64. SEE provides language, literacy and numeracy training in a contextualised learning environment to help participants improve their employability or prepare for further education. For more information on SEE, visit www. tafeqld.edu.au/see
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