A Marshall Liberal Government will invest $100 million to create more than 20,000 new places in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system to provide young South Australians with a greater opportunity of securing an apprenticeship or traineeship.
“Young South Australians need a range of pathways to the jobs of the future and a Marshall Liberal Government will make apprenticeships and traineeships a central plank of our jobs policy,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“In particular our state needs to properly prepare for the naval shipbuilding jobs boom by reinvesting in the skilled jobs training sector to guarantee the lion’s share of the new shipbuilding jobs go to South Australians.
“The broader South Australian business sector must have access to a skilled workforce that meets their needs to encourage greater investment, employment opportunities and general prosperity in our state.
“The Weatherill Labor Government has slashed the number of apprenticeships and traineeships from 33,300 in 2013 to just 15,700 last year, in the process decimating employment opportunities for young people outside the university sector.
“Labor’s halving of positions in the VET system has seen South Australia’s share of national jobs training market plummet from almost 9 per cent of Australians to just 5.8 per cent today.
“In a rapidly changing world, government investment in training must be connected to the needs of the broader economy to lead to real jobs and better investment outcomes.”
If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will initiate major reforms and make a significant investment to boost apprenticeships and provide great job outcomes for many more South Australians.
A Marshall Liberal Government will:
- Provide $100 million to secure matched funding from the Federal Government’s Skilling Australians Fund to support a range of initiatives that will create an additional 20,800 apprenticeships and traineeships in South Australia over the next four years;
- Maintain financial support for the crucial role of Group Training Organisations in the training sector;
- Implement a major multi-faceted program to encourage more young people to consider pursuing a career through a technical qualification as a first option, rather than as a fall-back plan;
- Encourage flexible apprenticeship pathways enabling more young people to be learning and earning at the same time;
- Establish at least one new technical college in Adelaide’s north-western suburbs with a focus on encouraging students to prepare for work in the Defence sector; and
- Give industry a stronger voice in our training system.
“As a result of the TAFE scandal, the Weatherill Labor Government has trashed the reputation of our training system and is incapable of restoring it,” said Mr Marshall.
“A Marshall Liberal Government will restore public confidence in the critical jobs training sector – our young people deserve nothing less.”