10 Jul 2018

Labor will invest $1.5 million to build a brand new hospital training ward at Caboolture TAFE to skill up the nurses and health workers of tomorrow.

Labor will invest $1.5 million to build a brand new hospital training ward at Caboolture TAFE to skill up the nurses and health workers of tomorrow. 
The new hospital training ward will include state-of-the-art mannequins that simulate actual patients so students get experience as close to reality as possible. 
Labor’s candidate for Longman, Susan Lamb, said the investment was great news for Moreton Bay because demand was soaring across the region for courses in nursing and healthcare.
“As the National Disability Insurance Scheme gets up and running in our community, we’ll need hundreds of extra nurses and other health workers,” Ms Lamb said.
“I want locals to get those jobs, and I want them to get the best training right here at Caboolture TAFE.”
The Deputy Labor Leader, Tanya Plibersek, said the Liberals had cut a massive $3 billion from TAFE and training.
“Labor can afford to invest in Caboolture TAFE, because unlike the Liberals we aren’t giving a $17 billion of tax handout to the big banks,” Ms Plibersek said.
“Remember Susan’s opponent was part of the Campbell Newman regime that gutted Queensland TAFE – 2,300 staff were sacked and TAFE campuses were sold off.
“Just like Malcolm Turnbull, Susan’s opponent thinks giving billions of dollars away to the big banks is more important than funding TAFE – the Liberals’ priorities are all wrong.
“If you want funding for TAFE instead of banks, then you have to vote for Susan and Labor.”
Queensland Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said state Labor had been working hard to rebuild TAFE Queensland after Campbell Newman’s horror cuts.
“The Palaszczuk Government’s $500,000 commitment to Caboolture TAFE is a commitment to the people of this region and the skills workers will need for the jobs of the future,” Ms Fentiman said.

“We will continue to support TAFE Queensland as the premier public provider of vocational education training in this state.

“The recent state budget provided up to $85 million for three years in the Advancing our Training Infrastructure election commitment, which will include upgrades at Pimlico, Toowoomba, Cairns, and Mt Gravatt, and within the regions of the Gold Coast and Redlands, including the Caboolture project.”

The Shadow Minister for Skills, TAFE and Apprenticeships, Doug Cameron, said only Labor believed that every Australian should have the opportunity to get a great education.
“That’s why we’re proud to support the health workers of the future to get the skills and training they need in Moreton Bay,” Mr Cameron said.
“Labor will make TAFE the centrepiece of our training system – by ensuring at least two thirds of training funding goes to TAFE, scrapping upfront fees for 100,000 TAFE students, and investing $100 million in a fund for new TAFE buildings.”
Federal Labor will invest $1 million in the project.  Queensland Labor will invest $500,000.