More jobs and training for Tasmanians

Felix Ellis, Minister for Skills, Training and Workforce Growth

The Rockliff Liberal Government's Regional Jobs Hubs have now delivered more than 3,000 Tasmanian jobs.

Minister for Skills, Training and Workforce Growth, Felix Ellis, said the numbers were a sign the Rockliff Liberal Government's plan for jobs growth was working, a plan supported by the ABS Labor Force data showing the Tasmanian unemployment rate is a record low 3.7%.

"This is a phenomenal milestone. Every job matched through our Jobs Hubs means new opportunities for working families and Tasmania businesses," he said.

"Since the 2014 election, and through initiatives like the Regional Jobs Hub network, we have been able to create 50,000 jobs in the State.

"But we're not stopping there, the Premier has announced a target to create 20,000 more jobs and the foundations are set for that vision.

The state-wide Jobs Hub network was recently completed with the Southern Employment and Training Hub (SETH) becoming operational through its online portal. The SETH has its board in place, and physical premises will be coming along in the near future.

The Rockliff Liberal Government has also funded more than 5,000 training places through contestable skills funding programs since February, which are supporting Tasmanians to get the education and training they need.

"Already, nearly 4,000 workers will gain new skills through the Building a Skilled Workforce – Existing Worker Fund, which was finalised last month."

Minister Ellis said the Building a Skilled Workforce - Existing Worker Fund was providing more than $3.2 million in funding for training.

"This funding is delivering training for key demand areas like the seafood and marine industry, the disability services sector, transport, manufacturing, agriculture, and construction and forestry," he said.

"These are sectors with key jobs in our economy - putting food on the tables of families all over our state, supporting communities to do what they do best.

"Last week, Skills Tasmania also finalised the Building a Skilled Workforce – Jobseeker Fund, providing nearly 1,500 more subsidised training places in our training market, focusing on health care and community services, hospitality and tourism.

"These training places come on top of other programs we're getting on with like the Developing Industry Trainers Program, the Vocational Teacher Preparation Program and the Energising Tasmania Training Market Development fund, which is open for applications now and closing soon."

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