BUSINESS SLAMS TURNBULL’S INACTION ON APPRENTICES DECLINE

20 Apr 2018

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) are right to be ramping up the pressure on Malcolm Turnbull on skills funding ahead of the 2019 Budget.

 

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON

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

 

BUSINESS SLAMS TURNBULL’S INACTION ON APPRENTICES DECLINE

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) are right to be ramping up the pressure on Malcolm Turnbull on skills funding ahead of the 2019 Budget. 

James Pearson, CEO of ACCI, today told the SmartCompany website “It is unacceptable that, almost a year after the fund was announced, not a single agreement has been signed. At the same time, apprenticeship numbers continue to slide.”

Since the Liberals and Nationals came to government Australia has lost over 140,000 apprenticeships - a decline of over 35 percent. No national agreement is in place nearly a year after the announcement of the deeply flawed Skilling Australians Fund.

It’s obvious the government has been too distracted and divided to focus properly on skills and apprenticeships, and business groups have lost patience.

Pearson was also critical of the mechanism for raising funds for the scheme, saying it has “pegged the investment in apprenticeships through the Skilling Australians Fund to the skilled migration intake”, something Labor, and independent analysts, have argued is a fundamental design flaw that jeopardises funding for the sector.

When even the government’s allies are slamming their performance, it demonstrates that Turnbull and the Coalition have completely lost the plot.

The Turnbull government has no plan to arrest the decline in apprentice numbers - the 2017 Budget alone cut a further $637 million from TAFE training and apprenticeships. This is a government totally obsessed with internal brawling that it can’t get the basics right.

In contrast, Labor has a comprehensive and fully funded plan that will support TAFE and boost apprentice numbers across the country.

THURSDAY 19TH APRIL 2018

Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra