TAFE Cuts Hold Back Economic RecoveryMedia Release
The Morrison Government’s cuts to TAFE will only make it harder for Geelong and Surf Coast locals to get jobs coming out of the recession, Corangamite MP Libby Coker says.
Since the Liberals election, more than $3 billion has been cut from TAFE and training and 140,000 apprentices and trainees lost nationwide.
In Corangamite there has been a 32.76 per cent drop in individuals undertaking apprenticeship and training. In Corio, that figure is an eye-watering 61.07 per cent.
Ms Coker said she intends to use National Skills Week to highlight the desperate need for the government to take trades more seriously.
“By locking our young people out of TAFE and training, Scott Morrison is locking them out of jobs,” she said.
“In the Geelong and Surf Coast region alone, we have lost 2,637 apprentices and trainees since 2013.
“I hold grave concerns that our locals will not be trained for jobs, yet another barrier of entry into the workforce, when jobs do become available after this current recession.
“Labor believes education and jobs go hand in hand.
“We will need tradies and other critical workers to help our nation recover after this pandemic – to lift us out of recession – so why won’t this government do more to train young people now?”
Just last week Civil Contractors Federation chief executive, Chris Melham, warned there was a “severe risk” that the nation was facing a looming skills shortage.
Ms Coker said National Skills Week was the perfect opportunity for the Morrison Government to boost investment in skills and training.
“Every parent knows that a good education is the ticket to a lifetime of opportunity for their kids.”Share Tweet