BUILDING TAFE FOR SA

15 May 2019

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $28.5 million to upgrade South Australian TAFE so locals can get quality training in expanding industries.

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

 

SA FEDERAL LABOR TEAM

 

BUILDING TAFE FOR SA

 

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $28.5 million to upgrade South Australian TAFE so locals can get quality training in expanding industries.

This election is a choice between Labor’s plan for better investment in skills, TAFE and apprenticeships, or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals.

Over 21,800 South Australians will also benefit from new apprenticeships and TAFE places with no upfront fees.

A Shorten Labor Government will invest in South Australian TAFE: 

  • $8 million for Adelaide City TAFE – delivering a major expansion for performing arts and fashion, as well as new health facilities to meet growing demand for NDIS and aged care skills.
  • $10 million Education First Youth Foyer – providing up to two years accommodation for young people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness.
  • $10 million for Whyalla TAFE – getting the region ready for new jobs in renewables, advanced manufacturing, defence, the steel industry and community services.
  • $580,000 for Mount Barker and Victor Harbor TAFEs – including equipment upgrades for students studying early education and nursing.


The Education First Youth Foyer will be located near the Adelaide City TAFE and will provide accommodation for up to 40 young people at risk, including those leaving out of home care.

Education First Youth Foyers are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in partnership with local community services. They provide post-placement support for students for six months after students leave the Foyer.

The Whyalla TAFE upgrade will include digital campus facilities and will help to build skills for the renewable energy industry, open new courses and give students in the regions more of the same opportunities as those in Adelaide.

The equation is simple – if people in 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 – and 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 over: 

  • 6,900 TAFE places with no up-front fees.
  • 13,000 additional Apprentice Incentives of up to $8,000 for employers and $2,000 for apprentices.
  • 690 Pre-apprenticeship places for young South Australians.
  • 1,300 Advanced Entry Adult Apprenticeships for workers re-training.

 

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

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

If you want to get wages moving and investment in our skills and apprentices, not more tax loopholes for the rich – vote Labor.

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, 8 MAY 2019
 

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.