Travel agents added to Skills Priority List

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has successfully lobbied for the Federal Government to add travel consultants to its Skills Priority List.

AS A result, the Employer Incentive Support under the apprenticeship program will now cover traineeships in Certificate III Travel all the way through to the Advanced Diploma of Tourism and Travel Management.

This announcement comes after AFTA’s National Taskforce for Skills and Careers has been actively campaigning for the changes, in order to help address the industry’s ongoing skills shortage.

The Taskforce has developed key policy documents and consulted with the Minister for Immigration and Minister for Skills last year to ensure the industry’s needs were understood by the relevant ministers.

“We very much appreciate their support in getting the important role of travel professionals recognised,” AFTA CEO Dean Long said.

“We look forward to continuing to drive change on behalf of our members and the wider travel sector, given the ongoing massive challenge faced across the board as a result of the chronic workforce and skills shortages.”

AFTA said it will now reach out to state and territory leaders to ensure funding is issued to the courses, along with commencement and completion incentives, and wage subsidies of up to $15,000.

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