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APPRENTICE NUMBERS CRASH IN TASMANIA UNDER THE LIBERALS

February 06, 2018

  • 1900 Apprentices lost in Tasmania since the Liberals were elected
  • Braddon has suffered the biggest loss – 704
  • Liberal Premier has had four years to tackle the loss of apprentices
  • A disconnect exists between schools, business and training providers

 A combination of State and Federal Liberal Government’s has seen apprentice numbers crash in Tasmania, according to the latest figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

 Under the Liberals, 1900 apprentices have disappeared from Tasmanian industry.

 The biggest loss has taken place in Braddon with 704 less apprentices than when the Abbott/Turnbull Government was first elected.

 The trend continues under the State Government as the skills sector and TAFE has lurched from one crisis to another.

 Overall the amount of Federal Government support for apprentices, TAFE and VET has been cut by $3 billion under the Liberals.

 The Abbott/Turnbull Government has also abolished the Industry Skills Fund and has dismantled the cooperative approach to skills involving unions, employers and government.

 At a state level, Tasmanian Labor will establish Industry Advisory Councils to create a strong link between industry and education providers.

 Tasmanian Labor will rebuild the skills sector that has been cut under the Federal Liberals that the State Liberal Leader has been too weak to stand up to.

 

State Labor will also back business with an apprentice bonus scheme that the Premier belatedly copied, after sitting on his hands for the last four years.

 Federal Labor’s plan for jobs and skills development will see increased investment in TAFE and increased quality traineeships and apprenticeships.

 Federal Labor will restore the $637 million cut by the Turnbull government from VET funding in the 2017 Budget.

 Federal Labor will make TAFE the centrepiece of our training system by guaranteeing at least two-thirds of all government VET funding goes to TAFE and by investing $100 million in revitalising campuses across the country.

 Federal Labor will ensure that one in ten jobs on all Commonwealth priority projects are apprentices, and Labor will expand pre-apprentice programs for young jobseekers and invest in Advanced Adult Apprenticeships for workers in transition.

 It’s time for State and Federal Labor Government’s that invests in skills, TAFE and apprenticeships.

 

Apprentice losses in Tasmania under the Liberals;

Bass               499

Braddon         704

Denison         191

Franklin         285

Lyons             275

 

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