AIG REPORT CONFIRMS LIBERALS FUELLING SKILLS CRISIS

13 Sep 2018

A new Australian Industry Group report on chronic skills shortages confirms the Liberals are presiding over a skills crisis which is adversely impacting on Australian businesses and the economy.

A new Australian Industry Group report on chronic skills shortages confirms the Liberals are presiding over a skills crisis which is adversely impacting on Australian businesses and the economy.

 

The 2018 Workforce Development Needs Survey Report shows 75 per cent of employers are reporting skill shortages, up from 49 per cent in 2016.

 

Technicians and tradespeople are the occupations where the shortages are greatest.

 

Alarmingly, the report also singles out digital technologies, a key area of economic growth, as being in a particularly parlous state.

 

The AIG chief executive, Innes Willox, says “it is clear we need new approaches to education, training and re-skilling to maximise the benefits of the digital economy.”

 

Mr Wilcox said the skills shortages come at a time when digital technologies are increasingly disrupting traditional workplaces and when businesses need skilled workforces to capitalise on new and emerging markets.

 

Shadow Minister for Skills, TAFE and Apprenticeships, Senator Doug Cameron, said the report is a damning assessment of the Government’s record on skills.

 

“When industry says your policies are seriously impacting its capacity to grow and capitalise on new markets, you should listen,” Senator Cameron said.
 

Senator Cameron said the $3 billion the Coalition has cut from vocational education since being elected has plunged the VET system into crisis.

 

“There are 140,000 fewer apprentices since the Coalition came to office, TAFE enrolments have plummeted by 24.5 per cent and thousands of students have debts for courses they have not done,” Senator Cameron said.

 

“This is should be a wake-up call for the Government and for the new Skills and Vocational Education Minister, Senator Michaelia Cash.

 

“If they won’t listen to Labor, they should listen to the AIG and fix this crisis.”

 

If elected, federal Labor will provide $100 million to the Building TAFE for the Future Fund to commence a program of revitalising campuses across Australia.

A Shorten Labor government will also waive upfront fees for 100,000 students to attend TAFE and conduct a once in a generation inquiry into the post-secondary education system within the first 100 days of being elected.
 


THURSDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER 2018

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