Labor’s plans to meet the workforce needs of Tasmania’s building, construction and infrastructure sectors have been welcomed by the industry.
Labor’s Building, Construction and Infrastructure Industry Advisory Council (IAC) met in Campbell Town this week.
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Shane Broad, said the meeting brought together key industry representatives to discuss how their needs can be better supported.
“The absence of a workforce development plan to support delivery of the state’s infrastructure program was highlighted as a key concern,” Dr Broad said.
“Tasmanians deserve a government that plans effectively for the future and delivers.”
Shadow Minister for Building and Construction Jen Butler said the industry is calling for greater investment in training.
“Labor’s TAFE policy provides free courses across the building and construction sector to meet the workforce demands of that sector.
“Labor’s policy means there will be more apprenticeships and more traineeships in the building and construction sector. It will also mandate that apprentices and trainees undertake at least 20 per cent of labour on government building and construction contracts.
“Industry has welcomed the policy, which will make it easier for businesses to hire qualified staff, and cheaper for tradespeople who take on apprentices.”
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure
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