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Media release – Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 16 July 2020 Tasmania Welcomes JobTrainer Fund The Tasmanian Government welcomes the Morrison Government’s $2 billion JobTrainer Fund to retrain and upskill Australians enabling them to gain employment in sectors with job opportunities. The Tasmanian Government will match the $10.5 million investment from the Commonwealth, […]

Media release – Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 16 July 2020

Tasmania Welcomes JobTrainer Fund

The Tasmanian Government welcomes the Morrison Government’s $2 billion JobTrainer Fund to retrain and upskill Australians enabling them to gain employment in sectors with job opportunities.

The Tasmanian Government will match the $10.5 million investment from the Commonwealth, meaning a total of $21 million will be available to be invested into the state to support thousands of new low or no fee training places for job seekers and young people.

Training will be focused on skillsets and qualifications in areas of job growth, agreed by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments.

This program will complement initiatives Tasmania is already undertaking to assist people to retrain and gain skills as part of our recovery program.

Earlier this month, the Government hosted a successful Skills Roundtable with peak industry, business and union representatives to discuss the need for a collaborative approach to skills development in Tasmania.

An additional $6.3 million into our Rapid Response Skills program is delivering up to $3000 in training support for retrenched workers which can be used for career advice, to reskill or obtain any licences needed to get that next job, while Skill Up is enabling redundant and unemployed Tasmanians re-entering the workforce to quickly upskill, reskill or gain new skills through TasTAFE, with many courses at no cost.

The $16 million Energising Tasmania initiative will support fee free training for 2500 Tasmanians across a range of qualifications, while the Targeted Apprenticeship and Trainee Grants for Small Business program, Payroll Tax relief and Federal Apprentice Incentives means there has never been a better time to hire an apprentice.

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As Tasmania recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, we know that we need a skilled workforce to rebuild our economy and roll out the $3.1 billion construction blitz.

The Tasmanian Government will continue to participate in the National Skills Reform and advocate for training directed at growing the skills needed for jobs in Tasmania.


Media release – Michelle O’Byrne MP, Shadow Minister for TAFE, University and Skills, 16 July 2020

JobTrainer program must involve TAFE

Labor welcomes news that the State Government will sign up to the Federal Government’s JobTrainer program, but says courses must be provided by TAFE.

Shadow Minister for TAFE, University and Skills Michelle O’Byrne said JobTrainer will only work if the training courses are meaningful and designed to meet the needs of Tasmanian businesses.

“The Federal Government’s investment in the JobTrainer program, and the extension of the apprenticeship wage subsidy scheme, is a good start to help train school leavers and re-train people who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“But it is very light on detail and the suggestion that training may be provided by private companies is concerning and must be ruled out.

“Given that this investment still falls half a billion dollars short of the cuts the Federal Government has made to training, it must be invested wisely, in meaningful courses that provide skills in key industries.

“Training must also be nationally recognised and capable of transitioning people directly into work.

“The State Government must look at the detail of the program to make sure it will deliver what’s needed, and it must ensure that training is provided by TAFE.”

Ms O’Byrne said Tasmanian apprentices and trainees have been heavily impacted by COVID-19.

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“There have been nearly 300 suspensions of apprenticeships up to June, and TAFE is currently focussing on third and fourth-year training blocks only.

“This means government funding must support those existing students, as well as providing retraining for people who have lost work as a result of the pandemic and much-needed pathways for young school leavers.

“By adopting Labor’s $10 million Free TAFE policy, the government can help get the JobTrainer program up and running in Tasmania to drive qualifications and employment in a post-pandemic society.

“Our policy would provide free courses in key industries facing skills shortages, and is the key to turning Tasmania’s TAFE system into the engine room of the economy, driving qualifications and employment.

“As Labor’s COVID-19 Recovery Package points out, we need to buy local, build local and employ local and, by making TAFE courses more accessible we can make real progress on Tasmania’s recovery.

“We must work together to build a better Tasmania out of the pandemic devastation. We can start by prioritising public training and investing properly in our TAFE system to give everyone a better future.”


Media release – David O’Byrne MP, Shadow Treasurer, 16 July 2020

Jobs pain for young Tasmanians

New data out today shows that while Tasmanians are slowly returning to jobs after COVID-related job losses, the number of young Tasmanians out of work continues to climb.

Shadow Treasurer David O’Byrne said even with a low participation rate, youth unemployment has exceeded 15%.

“More than 20,000 people lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19.

“Data released today by the ABS shows that some people are now able to return to employment. While that is very pleasing, the data paints a grim picture for young Tasmanians.

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“6400 young people – aged 24 or under – have lost their jobs since March, and young Tasmanians

account for 70% of all full time job losses.

“We need to look deeper than the headline figures to get a true picture of how hard young people have been hit. In this tough jobs market, 5400 young Tasmanians have simply stopped looking for work.

“The youth unemployment rate is now 15.1%. If the participation rate was at March levels, the rate would be 25.6%.”

Mr O’Byrne said the worrying data means government cannot ignore the need to develop pathways to work for young Tasmanians.

“Labor’s $10 million Free TAFE policy gives the government a ready-made solution to help drive qualifications and employment in a post-pandemic society.

“It would provide free courses in key industries facing skills shortages, and is the key to turning Tasmania’s TAFE system into the engine room of the economy, driving qualifications and employment.

“As well as retraining displaced workers, adopting this policy would allow the government to provide badly-needed pathways for young school leavers and young Tasmanians who’ve lost their jobs.

“We can’t leave our young people behind as we begin the process of recovering from the impact of COVID-19. We need to show them that we have a vision for their future, and that we will help them get there.

“As Labor’s COVID-19 Recovery Package points out, we need to buy local, build local and employ local and, by making TAFE courses more accessible we can make real progress on Tasmania’s recovery.”

Source: Tasmanian Times https://tasmaniantimes.com/2020/07/jobs-2/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jobs-2

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