Liberals fail industry and workers on skills shortage

Tasmanian Labor
  • Employers
    struggle to attract skilled workers amid underemployment crisis
    • Employers
      increasingly dissatisfied with training system
    • Labor’s
      Free TAFE policy tackles the problem head on

    The Liberal Government
    is ignoring businesses crying out for qualified staff as Tasmanians continue to
    struggle to find enough work to make ends meet.

    Labor
    Leader Rebecca White said many Tasmanians are being left behind and the trend
    towards insecure work means our best and brightest are continuing to leave,
    even as industry struggles to attract appropriately skilled or trained workers.

    “Despite
    the Liberals boasting on jobs, Tasmania’s unemployment rate is still the third
    worst in the country and underemployment is the worst in the country. Not only
    that, it’s the worst it’s ever been in any state or territory.

    “Something
    is very wrong when we have an underemployment crisis in this state at the same
    time employers are desperate to attract skilled workers.

    “Recent data from the Productivity Commission show Tasmanian employers are increasingly dissatisfied with the training system,” Ms White said.

    “This reinforces what we’re hearing from those
    directly involved in industry. Without qualified locals, many have resorted to
    flying skilled workers in to the state.

    “At a time when 46,100 Tasmanians
    are either unemployed or need more hours, this is inexcusable.

    “The Liberals can claim
    success on jobs all they want, but with so many people left behind, this is
    clearly a fallacy.

    Ms White said more than
    70 per cent of new jobs created since 2014 have been part-time, meaning many
    people are working more than one job just to feed their families and keep a
    roof over their heads. Meanwhile the youth unemployment rate is an alarming
    12.2 per cent.

    “Ensuring more
    Tasmanians can get jobs is one of the most important things we can do to
    maintain a strong economy and overcome poverty.

    “Our free TAFE policy will help young people, and older people who are retraining, by supporting them to complete courses in key industries facing skills shortages, including tourism, aged and disability care, agriculture and building and construction.

    “Our public training
    provider is only as strong as its relationship with the businesses it serves.
    If it is not offering the training that students and employers need, everyone
    loses.

    “Labor is serious about tackling this problem head on. Unless the Liberals do the same, industry will go elsewhere and we will continue to lose our best and brightest to opportunities interstate.”

    Rebecca White

    Labor Leader

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