Labor’s Free TAFE policy will create careers for Tasmanians

Tasmanian Labor
  • Labor to rebuild TAFE to be engine room of the economy
  • Free TAFE policy for 5000 Tasmanians
  • Liberal inaction has seen 2000 apprenticeships vanish
  • Labor’s Free TAFE Policy will mean more jobs for Tasmanians, where we need them.

    Labor’s Free TAFE Policy will mean more jobs for Tasmanians, where we need them.

    It is a disgraceful fact that under the Liberals 2000 apprenticeships have been lost.

    Labor’s $10 million free TAFE policy will provide 5000 students the qualifications they need to find jobs in our fastest growing industries.

    Labor Leader Rebecca White said Tasmania’s TAFE system should be the training engine room of the economy, driving qualifications and employment.

    “Labor will rebuild TAFE,” Ms White said.

    “TAFE training has the capacity to be delivered in our regions as well as our cities and should be working seamlessly with industry to identify skills gaps and tailor training to meet the need.

    “When Tasmanians hear stories about tradies flying in from the mainland or overseas to work at the Royal Hobart Hospital they ask why they couldn’t get that job.”

    Labor will provide free TAFE courses across the building and construction, hospitality, aged care and disability services sectors.

    “This means jobs for Tasmanians and a boost for our businesses,” Ms White said.

    Labor will also mandate that apprentices and trainees undertake at least 20 per cent of labour on government building and construction contracts.

    This policy will also apply to the civil construction industry.

    Ms White said we should maximise the return on government projects for all Tasmanians.

    “Tasmanians looking for work should get the first chance at an apprenticeship or traineeship,” Ms White said.

    Rebecca White MP

    Labor Leader

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