TASMANIAN APPRENTICE NUMBERS CONTINUE TO DECLINE
The number of people completing an apprenticeship in Tasmania continues to freefall under the Coalition.
Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said, “The latest National Centre for Vocational Education Research Tasmanian figures show a 12.7% drop in the number of people completing an apprenticeship.
This continues a trend over the last four years that show a 36% reduction in people completing their training.
Alarmingly the same figures also revealed the number of people cancelling or withdrawing their apprenticeship over the last 12 months has increased.
Figures previously released by the Coalition through the Senate Estimates process state that Braddon has lost almost 700 apprentices since the Coalition was elected in 2013.
It is almost as if the Morrison Government has given up on helping young Tasmanians attain an apprenticeship.
Nationally the Australian Industry Group’s 2018 Workforce Development Needs Survey Report shows 75 per cent of employers are reporting skill shortages, up from 49 per cent in 2016.
“Tasmania is not immune to these skill shortages with many sectors reporting an inability to secure skilled workers.
“The Liberals have created a bizarre situation where young Tasmanian’s can’t get apprenticeships while employers are screaming out for skilled workers.
Justine Keay said, “Federal Labor was committed to rebuilding the vocational sector which in turn will see an increase in the number of local apprenticeships.
A Shorten Labor Government will waive upfront fees for 100,000 students to attend TAFE and conduct a once in a generation national inquiry into the post-secondary education system within the first 100 days of being elected.
Federal Labor will also provide $100 million to the Building TAFE for the Future Fund to commence a program of revitalising campuses across Australia.
Labor is committed to ensuring at least two thirds of all government funding for vocational education will go to TAFE. The balance will go to not-for-profit community providers and only the best private providers with demonstrable links to specific industry requirements.
FRIDAY 25 JANUARY 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: JOHN DOWLING – 0417 575 148
Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.