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Our region skills and apprentice shortages, why?

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Regional Development Australia Southern Inland (RDASI) survey shows  62% of local businesses believe they have a skills shortage

EDEN-MONARO FEDERAL representative Mike Kelly is publicising the skills shortages cropping up in regional and rural communities. He says it’s made worse thanks to the Turnbull Government’s cuts of nearly $3 billion from TAFE, skills and training.

He and others note that the cuts both at federal and state levels are ‘ideological’ ie undermining of the public sector in favour of outsourcing the tuition.

“A recent survey undertaken by Regional Development Australia Southern Inland (RDASI) has shown that 62% of local businesses, including 80% in the Snowy Monaro, believe that they have a skills shortage which they have attributed to a lack of technical skills available in potential employees.

Kelly notes that since 2013 the number of young people undertaking apprenticeships in Eden-Monaro has almost halved, down 42%.

“Strong local TAFEs play a vital role in our regional economies as they ensure that the technical skills taught match the locally available jobs.

“The expansion of Snowy 2.0 will bring hundreds of renewable energy jobs to our region and it will be very disappointing, if due to Turnbull’s cuts, our locals will not have the technical skills needed to fulfil these roles.

Labor promises to restore public sector vocational funding

“To get the skills our local business need, a Labor Government will commission a once in a generation review of post-secondary education, for the first time, across both TAFE and universities.

“A Labor Government will also restore the $637 million that the Turnbull Government cut from vocational education and training in the 2017 Budget and guarantee TAFE receives at least two-thirds of all Commonwealth VET funding to place the iconic public provider at the centre of the training system.

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