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Labor will connect today’s learners with tomorrow’s jobs

  • Over half of Tasmania’s school leavers are not in work, training or further education
  • Labor will provide dedicated career educators in schools and colleges to support students and teachers
  • Young people to connect with career programs earlier and gain firsthand experience of relevant industries

Tasmanian Labor will fundamentally reform in-school career education to connect today’s learners with tomorrow’s jobs.

Shadow Education Minister Josh Willie said Tasmanian students needed clear career pathways and a Labor Government would ensure schools were equipped with staff to guide them to connect with workplaces and further learning.

“Too many students are leaving school without the skills they need to get into the workplace or further education,” Mr Willie said.

“While youth unemployment in Tasmania is the worst in the country, the most common feedback we receive from employers is that they can’t find the right school leavers to fill jobs because they simply lack the skills.

“That can be as simple as not understanding how a workplace operates because they are just not being taught.

“Young Tasmanians need help starting their post school life and that starts in the classroom.

“Labor will allocate $18.8 million over four years to place career educators in schools and colleges so that our young people have the dedicated guidance and support they deserve.

“And we will work with local industry to ensure the programs are relevant to different regions so that school leavers can have a greater opportunity to find the right career path and employers can find the young Tasmanians who have skills to fit jobs.

“Labor’s Jobs Plan Working for Tasmania will create 35,000 jobs and it will cover the spectrum from the classroom to the workplace.”

Josh Willie MLC  
Shadow Minister for Education