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20,000 Tafe places needed to address skill shortages.

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Media Release Jenny MacklinMP


Deputy Leader of the Opposition Shadow Minister for Employment, Education & Training Federal Member for Jagajaga

The Howard Government is ignoring the serious shortage in skilled Australian workers, especially in trade-based occupations.

The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) Skilled Vacancy Report for December shows that the demand for Australian workers with skills in automotive, metal and printing industries continues to be higher than the same time last year.

It is tragic that jobs in industries that young Australians aspire to are vacant at a time when 15,000 young people miss out on a TAFE place each year because there just aren’t enough places.

Young talent is being wasted because the Howard Government refuses to offer growth funding to expand training opportunities under the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) agreement.

A recent report by the University of Western Sydney found that if investment in training for traditional trade occupations had continued at the levels set by the previous Federal Labor Government, an additional 21,700 apprentices would have been in training in 2001.

Labor will end the Howard era of lost opportunity by creating 20,000 extra TAFE places each year.

More Info: Shannon Rees 0438 950 375 17 December 2003