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Telstra social bonus funds training for Tasmanians.

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K171 8 September 2000 Tourism and information technology training for people living in rural and remote Tasmania will receive a major boost as a result of a $9.4 million training scheme detailed today by the Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Dr David Kemp.

The training boost has also been extended to Tasmania’s information technology sector at a cost of $3.2 million. The focus in this sector will be on allowing IT firms to get the training and education necessary to sustain new business ventures throughout the state.

New entrants, as well as existing workers in the two sectors will be able to develop new and upgraded skills over the next four years under the training programs which will be offered as part of the Federal Government’s social bonus program resulting from the second round sale of Telstra.

"Tasmania’s unique wilderness and heritage attractions offer young people and those wishing to retrain in environmental tourism a range of exciting and rewarding career paths," Dr Kemp said.

Dr Kemp was speaking at the formal launch on the training initiatives held at Meadowbank Estate at Cambridge, near Hobart, today.

The training in both sectors will include access to the Federal Government’s popular New Apprenticeships which are available in more than 500 industries.

"These initiatives will focus on giving people living in rural and remote areas additional opportunities and will include a range of access options such as internet courses to let staff who want to upgrade their skills do so from their current workplace," Dr Kemp said.

"I am confident these important new training initiatives will provide for real

growth and sustainability in the two vital sectors of the Tasmanian economy," Dr Kemp said,

"These initiatives underline the value the Government places on vocational education and training and its commitment to development a strong training culture in all industry sectors."

Media contact: Catherine Job: 02 6277 7460 or 0412 918 110

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