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Government’s training announcement welcome but lacks substance

  • Investment in Drysdale welcome but greater reform needed
  • Government sitting on skills report
  • Labor proposing an overhaul of skills and training

The Liberal Government’s investment in Drysdale is welcome but it barely scratches the surface of the reforms needed to reinvigorate skills and training,

Shadow Minister for Youth, Skills and Training Josh Willie questioned why the Government was sitting on a report from its Skills Taskforce which recommends far more sweeping changes to hospitality training.

“The Government’s announcement is welcome but lacks any real structural change,” Mr Willie said.

“In December last year the Premier announced a new taskforce was being set up to “meet the challenges ahead”.

“What structural change will the Government put in place to achieve better training outcomes?

“Labor’s policy to establish Industry Advisory Councils will create a strong link between the private sector and education providers.”

Shadow Tourism Minister Scott Bacon has welcomed additional funding for Drysdale.

“Local training providers have not been adequately supported by the Liberal Government so this announcement is welcome,” Mr Bacon said.

“Drysdale has a proud history of producing skilled workers for the hospitality sector but it must be properly supported by government.

“This is a welcome first step from the Premier but he’s got a long way to go.

“Twice in one day the Government has followed Labor’s lead by adopting policies for apprenticeships and training providers.”