Apprentice numbers have declined in Eden-Monaro by 42 per cent since 2013.
“1,466 fewer apprenticeships are being undertaken in this electorate, due to unnecessary and counterproductive Liberal/National cuts,” said Dr Kelly.
The 2017 Budget cut a further $637 million from TAFE training and apprentices.
In the Budget the Turnbull government also announced a bizarre funding plan for apprenticeships that relies entirely on visa fees from foreign workers. Independent analysis of the proposed ‘Skilling Australian Fund’ has shown the government is unlikely to fulfil its promises to lift apprentice numbers.
In contrast, Labor has a comprehensive and fully funded plan that will support TAFE and boost apprentice numbers across the country.
Labor will ensure Commonwealth funded projects prioritise Australian jobs, with at least one in 10 jobs on major projects filled by apprentices.
Labor will reverse Turnbull's $637 million cut to TAFE and skills and guarantee two thirds of all public funding to restore TAFE to the backbone of our vocational education and training system.
Labor will also invest $100 million in a Building TAFE for the Future Fund, to revitalise TAFE campuses and facilities in regional and outer metropolitan areas.
“Supporting apprenticeships is an integral part of Labor’s skills and training agenda to deliver more local jobs,” said Dr Kelly.
“Skills are a key driver of productivity and economic prosperity. Labor’s plan will see apprenticeship numbers rise and ensure the quality of apprenticeships is protected.” Media Release