The latest Commonwealth Government data shows the deskilling of South Australia’s workforce has continued for the fourth year in a row and highlights the critical need for the establishment of a Naval Shipbuilding Skills Taskforce.
Last year another 4900 training positions disappeared in South Australia meaning the number of people in jobs training has more than halved in four years, down from 36,900 in 2012 to just 18,000 in 2015.
“The Federal Government’s $50 billion shipbuilding program will deliver thousands of highly skilled jobs to South Australia and we need targeted training to ensure South Australians are at the front of the line for those jobs,” said Shadow Minister for Skills and Training David Pisoni.
“It would be a wasted opportunity if when this shipbuilding work starts in South Australia we have to bring employees in from interstate and overseas.
“The fact there are now fewer people in jobs training in South Australia than any other time in the last decade is a damning indictment of the Weatherill Government’s performance in skills training.
“The latest training and apprenticeship figures released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) make a mockery of the Government’s decision to give TAFE CEO Robin Murt a $50,000 bonus.
“Jay Weatherill went to the last State election promising to “build South Australia” but since then unemployment has risen and his hand pick treasurer Tom Koutsantonis has cut the training budget year in and year out.
“You can’t transition an economy without training and these latest figures show that Jay Weatherill has failed the State’s future miserably by cutting training opportunities that allow South Australians to take advantage of new opportunities that come our way.
“That is why the State Liberals are calling on the State Government to immediately establish a Naval Shipbuilding Skills Taskforce.” The Naval Shipbuilding Skills Taskforce should:
- Identify opportunities for delivering targeted skills training to prepare South Australians for shipbuilding projects;
- Develop options for re-skilling manufacturing workers who have recently lost their jobs or are at risk of losing their jobs;
- Work with the Federal Government, ASC, contractors and training providers to identify potential skills shortages; and,
- Coordinate a transformation project to ensure the South Australian training system is focused on the right areas.