JobTrainer extension welcomed

Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Education and Training

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is committed to ensuring we have the skilled workforce we need to secure Tasmania’s future.

Last night’s Federal Budget will see an additional $21 million delivered for skills and training in areas currently experiencing shortages, including in aged care, IT and childcare in Tasmania.

Importantly, free training and qualifications will continue to focus on school leavers, young Tasmanians and other job seekers, especially those out of work due to the impact of COVID-19.

JobTrainer is a joint initiative of the Tasmanian and Australian Governments and is already making a big difference for Tasmanian industries and workers impacted by COVID-19.

It has funded 6,957 free training places in Tasmania in areas of strategic priority with strong future job prospects including agriculture, business services, manufacturing, maritime, seafood, health, construction and community services.

The Australian Government will invest a further $10.5 million which the State Government will match to continue JobTrainer to 31 December 2022, and continue to up-skill job seekers and young people and create new apprenticeships in Tasmania.

This will build on our plan to create a “High Vis Army” in Tasmania to boost capacity and skills to unleash our building and construction sector.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government has also committed to investing more than $108 million to boost training and skills opportunities in Tasmania, to ensure we have the skilled workforce needed to support our economy.

The JobTrainer Fund represents a substantial investment in our state’s training system and continues our commitment to ensuring that Tasmania’s VET system delivers quality training for learners that is responsive to industry needs.

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