ANOTHER BIRMINGHAM FAILURE ON APPRENTICESHIPS I.T. SYSTEM

18 May 2018

Simon Birmingham has to come clean and accept responsibility for the failure of the Australian Apprenticeships Management System (AAMS).

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS AND APPRENTICESHIPS
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

ANOTHER BIRMINGHAM FAILURE ON APPRENTICESHIPS I.T. SYSTEM

 
Simon Birmingham has to come clean and accept responsibility for the failure of the Australian Apprenticeships Management System (AAMS). Birmingham earlier this week likened TAFE courses to ‘basket weaving’, belittling the essential skills of millions of Australians, all while failing to do the basics of his own job. 

Instead of paying PWC $185,497 to deflect the blame from the government onto the public service, and then throwing public servants under the bus, Birmingham should explain why so much public money has been wasted on yet another botched Turnbull government IT contract.

Media reports today raise further questions about the Minister’s culpability in the ongoing failure to put in place a workable apprenticeship IT system. Media reports say the blowout is now over $20 million, but Minister Birmingham refuses to take any responsibility.

The Turnbull government has cut vocational education and training (VET) funding by over $3 billion in their five years of neglect and incompetence and presided over a decline of 140,000 apprenticeships and traineeships.

They cut a further $270 million from apprenticeship support in the 2018 Budget.

The Turnbull government has proven time and again that it doesn’t care about apprenticeships, skills and TAFE. 12 months after announcing their flawed Skilling Australians Fund, there is still no national agreement in place.

In contrast to the Coalition’s bungles, funding cuts and reliance on temporary skilled visa levies, Labor has a comprehensive and fully funded plan that will support TAFEs and boost apprentice numbers across the country.

A Shorten Labor Government will:

  • Scrap upfront fees for 100,000 TAFE students.
  • Invest $100 million in modernising TAFE facilities around the country.
  • Guarantee at least two out of three government training dollars goes to TAFE.
  • Ensure one in every ten jobs on Commonwealth priority projects are filled by Australians apprentices.
  • Provide 10,000 pre-apprentice programs for young people who want to learn a trade.
  • Provide 20,000 adult apprentice programs for older workers who need to retrain.

Labor is serious about supporting Australians to acquire the education and skills they need to succeed in the future. The Liberals attitude of hostility and neglect towards apprenticeships, TAFE and the skills system means they are incapable of getting even the basics right.

FRIDAY, 18 MAY 2018

 

Authorised Noah Carroll, ALP Canberra