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Linking industry to skills training will create employment and boost economy

  • Skills and training overhaul to make long-term improvements
  • Businesses to have a voice through Industry Advisory Councils
  • Liberals adopt Labor’s apprentice policy but must also tackle skills structural reforms

 A Labor Government will overhaul Tasmania’s skills, training and education system to provide clear pathways for the next generation of Tasmanians and include business in planning to create jobs.

Shadow Federal Treasurer Chris Bowen joined Labor Leader Rebecca White and Tasmanian Labor colleagues this morning for a tour of Incat’s shipyards.

Ms White said Labor’s policy to establish Industry Advisory Councils will create a strong link between businesses like Incat and education providers.

“Labor will establish Industry Advisory Councils to create a strong link between industry and education providers,” Ms White said.

“The councils will play a key role in deciding how TAFE dollars are spent to meet workforce requirements.

“We must ensure that the students coming out of our skills and training system are job-ready.

“We need to ensure that when people undertake study, the skills they gain can help them on a pathway to employment and we do that by giving businesses a greater say in our skills and training system.

“Creating a structural link between industry and our education system means that from the time students enrol in kindergarten, they will be being prepared for future jobs.”

Ms White welcomed the Government today adopting Labor’s policy approach to incentivise workplaces employing apprentices.

Labor announced an apprentice bonus scheme last month.

“While Labor welcomes the Government adopting our position in this area it is a shame that the Liberals have not announced that they’ll also tackle structural reforms in skills and training,” Ms White said.

“Labor’s policy recognises that the primary role of our education system is to get our future generations job-ready.

“We need to create a future where everyone has the opportunity to get a job and be part of the workforce and create an environment that boosts Tasmania’s economic growth.

“This will not occur if the Government is solely focused on short-term band-aids and not long-term improvements.”