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Labor is working for Tasmanians to save TAFE

  • Labor will stop Peter Gutwein’s radical privatisation agenda
  • Labor will establish Apprenticeships Tasmania
  • Labor will rebuild TAFE from the ground up

Tasmanian Labor is working for Tasmanians to save TAFE and create more apprenticeships.

A Labor Government will invest a total of $95.5 million to rebuild TAFE and an extra $15 million to create more apprenticeships.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said Labor’s TAFE plan would see free courses in areas of skill shortages, enhanced regional delivery and increased support for apprentices.

“Labor has a plan to rebuild TAFE from the ground up,” Ms White said.

“A Labor Government will invest $4 million to establish Apprenticeships Tasmania, a body that will support Government contractors to ensure 20% of their workers are apprentices, empower industry training boards to monitor, support and enforce mandated quotas and promote apprenticeships as a career path, linking employers and people seeking training.

“The first key project of Apprenticeships Tasmania will be to establish a centralised online portal where people wanting an apprenticeship can register for a job.

“The Apprenticeships Tasmania online portal will work alongside Labor’s policy to establish ten jobs hubs across the state, and the body will complement Labor’s $15 million plan to establish 500 apprenticeship guarantees for workers over 35.”

Ms White said apprenticeships were a key part of Labor’s plan to rebuild TAFE.

“Labor will provide free courses in areas of known skill shortages including construction, tourism, nursing and aged care.

“We will employ 80 new teachers, provide 80 paid scholarships to teachers and establish a TAFE Rescue Taskforce to urgently fix the Liberal’s damage.

“We will ensure those in regional areas are not left behind and invest $4.6 million in a Regional Delivery Fund to ensure nobody misses out just because of where they live.

“Labor will invest $29 million across the Alanvale, Burnie, Devonport and Clarence campuses to ensure students have access to high-quality training facilities.

“The Liberals have had seven years to address skill shortages and youth unemployment, and they’ve failed.

“Under Peter Gutwein’s privatisation agenda student fees will increase by 600%, regional campuses will be closed and courses will be cut.

“Labor will stop Peter Gutwein’s radical plan to privatise TAFE. Education is our future, and under Labor it will never be for sale.

“Labor is working for Tasmanians, while the Liberals privatisation agenda will blow up TAFE.”

Rebecca White MP  
Labor Leader