Apprentice numbers are falling through the floor - Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

Apprentice numbers are falling through the floor

Apprentice numbers have declined in our electorate of Griffith by a third since the Liberals were elected in late 2013.

In contrast to Liberal cuts that have seen apprentice numbers drop dramatically, Labor will boost apprentice numbers across the country by ensuring Commonwealth funded projects prioritise Australian jobs. 

Labor will set a target that at least one in 10 jobs on major projects will be filled by apprentices.

Due to $2.5 billion in Liberal and National cuts to TAFE and apprenticeship support, more than a thousand fewer apprenticeships have been taken up in the electorate of Griffith alone.

Under the Liberals, Australia has shed 128,000 apprenticeships and in the last 12 months and trade apprentice commencements have dropped 10.5 per cent. 

Boosting the number of apprenticeships is a key part of Labor’s skills and training agenda to deliver more local jobs.

Contracts and funding agreements with state and territory governments will be contingent on major infrastructure contractors being part of Apprenticeship and Training Plans.

Apprenticeship and Training Plans will link in with local TAFEs and to improve skills and help more people gain trade qualifications.

Labor will also work with suppliers to ensure apprenticeships are maximised in Australia’s defence sector.

Labor believes that all Australians should have access to the skills and training they need for decent jobs throughout their working lives – to actively participate in the community and share in national prosperity.

Labor’s plan will see apprenticeship numbers rise and the quality of apprenticeships protected, recognising that skills are a key driver of productive performance and economic prosperity.

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