OUT OF TOUCH TURNBULL IGNORING SKILLS SHORTAGE SOLUTION

6 Jul 2018

A new survey has revealed more than a third of businesses are struggling to fill skills shortages, with engineers and health care professional positions the most in-demand roles in Australia.

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS, TAFE AND APPRENTICESHIPS
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
 
SHAYNE NEUMANN MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION
MEMBER FOR BLAIR
 
BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS
MEMBER FOR GORTON
 
OUT OF TOUCH TURNBULL IGNORING SKILLS SHORTAGE SOLUTION
 

A new survey has revealed more than a third of businesses are struggling to fill skills shortages, with engineers and health care professional positions the most in-demand roles in Australia.
 
About 34 per cent of the 1500 Australian employers surveyed said a lack of skilled workers was a major impediment to hiring – this jumped to 43 per cent for medium-sized businesses and 41 per cent for large businesses.
 
The Turnbull Government has dropped the ball on skills, cutting more than $3 billion from TAFE and vocational education since being elected.
 
In the 2018-19 Budget alone, there were $270 million in new cuts to apprenticeship funding.
 
Since the last election, there have been 140,000 fewer apprentices.
 
Unfortunately for young Australians, Malcolm Turnbull continues to ignore vocational education and instead wants to give big business an $80 billion handout, including $17 billion to the banks.
 
Under Labor, Australian employers will have a local, skilled workforce ready to go, instead of businesses having to look overseas and rely on temporary work visas to fill skills shortages.
 
In Government, Labor will establish the Australian Skills Authority – an independent, labour market testing body to determine genuine skills needs and restrict temporary work visas so that they are only made available when a genuine skills gap cannot be met with local workers.
 
The Australian Skills Authority will work in consultation with industry, unions, higher education and TAFE sectors, and State and Local Governments to project Australia’s future skills shortages and train Australian workers for those jobs.
 
A Shorten Labor Government will guarantee that one in 10 jobs on Commonwealth projects go to an Australian apprentice.
 
Labor will scrap upfront fees for 100,000 TAFE students and spend $100 million on revitalising TAFE campuses across Australia.
 
A new pre-apprentice program will provide 10,000 young job seekers with skills and training, and Labor will invest in 20,000 adult apprenticeships for people with insecure employment.
 
Only Labor has a plan to ensure local workers to have the first shot at local jobs – by cracking down on rorts in the skilled migration program, investing in skills and training, and reducing the number of businesses relying on temporary work visas.
 
Unlike the Turnbull Government, Labor will fight for all Australians have access to the jobs they need to build a decent life for themselves and their families, regardless of how wealthy they are.

FRIDAY, 6 JULY 2018
 

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.