$10 MILLION UPGRADE FOR WHYALLA TAFE

8 May 2019

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $10 million in a major upgrade and expansion of Whyalla TAFE – getting the region ready for new jobs in renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, aviation, defence, the steel industry and community services.

BILL SHORTEN MP  
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION  
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS  
AND ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS  
MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG 
 

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON 
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS 
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS, TAFE AND APPRENTICESHIPS 
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES 
 

KARIN BOLTON  
CANDIDATE FOR GREY  
  

$10 MILLION UPGRADE FOR WHYALLA TAFE 

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $10 million in a major upgrade and expansion of Whyalla TAFE – getting the region ready for new jobs in renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, aviation, defence, the steel industry and community services. 
 

This builds on Labor’s commitment to declare the Spencer Gulf a Renewable Energy Zone and will allow Whyalla TAFE to expand its renewable energy programs. 
 

It will also support more opportunities for TAFE to partner with the growing mining, steel and advanced manufacturing industries on the Eyre Peninsular. 


The upgrade will include digital campus facilities – opening up new courses and giving students in the regions more of the same opportunities as those in Adelaide. 
 

The equation is simple. If people in regional South Australia can’t access quality training, they will miss out on local jobs.
 

Under the Liberals, apprenticeships have plummeted by 53 per cent in South Australia – with over 17,000 Australian apprenticeships lost since 2013.  
 

TAFE enrolments have also dropped by 25 per cent nationally.  
 

This is despite the fact nine in 10 jobs will need a TAFE or university qualification in the coming years. 
 

A Shorten Labor Government will turn this around by investing over $1 billion in TAFE and apprenticeships. This will mean more opportunities for South Australians, including: 

  • 6,930 TAFE places with no up-front fees – so South Australians can get skills in growing industries.  
  • 10,400 additional Apprentice Incentives in areas of skills shortage – helping to reverse the decline that has occurred under the Liberals. 
  • 690 pre-apprenticeship places for young South Australians – to give young South Australians at risk of unemployment the support they need to get into a trade.  
  • 1,380 Advanced Entry Adult Apprenticeships – to support South Australians to get their skills recognised and complete an apprenticeship when the economy changes. 

A Shorten Labor Government will also guarantee at least two in three public vocational education dollars goes to TAFE. And require one in 10 jobs on major Commonwealth and defence projects to be an apprenticeship. 
 

Labor’s commitment to upgrade Whyalla TAFE is part of our $200 million Building TAFE for the Future Fund. 
 

This election is choice between Labor’s plan for better TAFE and more apprenticeships or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals – paid for by bigger cuts to schools and hospitals. 
 

After six years of Liberal cuts and chaos, our united Labor team is ready to deliver a fair go for all Australians, not just the top end of town. 
 
WEDNESDAY, 1 MAY 2019
 

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.