RICHARD MARLES MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR NATIONAL RECONSTRUCTION, EMPLOYMENT, SKILLS AND SMALL BUSINESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SCIENCE
MEMBER FOR CORIO
PETA MURPHY MP
MEMBER FOR DUNKLEY
FREE TAFE TO KICKSTART DUNKLEY’S COMEBACK
Labor will give locals in Dunkley access to free TAFE, to tackle the skills crisis that’s holding back Australia’s COVID-19 comeback.
Under an Albanese Labor Government, locals in Dunkley who want to study in an industry with a recognised skills shortage will be supported through free TAFE.
For nearly a decade, the Liberal-National Government has slashed TAFE and apprentice numbers - no surprises Victoria has suffered the most with 23,685 fewer apprentices and trainees than when this Government came to power.
Under the Morrison-Joyce Government, Australia is suffering from a major shortage of workers in the care economy and those sectors hit hard by the pandemic, like hospitality.
We must also do more to take advantage of the jobs of the future, including digital, new energy and advanced manufacturing.
Labor’s free TAFE will provide opportunities for a solid career path for people of all ages, while also bolstering Dunkley’s future by delivering a pipeline of skilled workers to meet future demand.
Labor will also provide $50 million for a TAFE Technology Fund to create world-leading TAFE training centres and simulators’.
TAFE graduates are valuable workers, adding billions to the economy each year, including $85 billion in 2019 alone.
At a time when productivity and wages are flatlining, our TAFEs have the potential to grow the economy and sustain the secure well-paid jobs of the future.
While the state government has invested in the skills and training sector, the Morrison Government has no plan to give Victorian kids the skills they need for future jobs.
Only Labor has a long-term plan to secure the jobs of the future by giving people in the Dunkley the skills they need.
THURSDAY, 16 DECEMBER 2021
KATE HANNS (MARLES) 0423 974 363
DYLAN STEED (MURPHY) 0400 615 862
Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.