TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MUST ENSURE APPRENTICESHIPS AND TRAINING FOR LOCALS IN SUBS BUILD

17 Nov 2016

The Turnbull Government must ensure that the $50 billion submarine contract comes with a skills and apprenticeships plan that benefits local workers and new apprentices.

The Turnbull Government must ensure that the $50 billion submarine contract comes with a skills and apprenticeships plan that benefits local workers and new apprentices.

Concerns expressed by Rear Admiral Steve Johnson that there could be a lack of qualified workers in South Australia to work on the submarines highlights the need for a comprehensive plan for transmission of skills from older workers to new apprentices, and the maintenance of essential skills across the industry.

So far the Abbott-Turnbull Government has failed to address Australia’s skills and apprenticeship crisis, overseeing a precipitous decline in new apprenticeships since coming to power in 2013.

This decline in skills and drop in apprenticeships is a direct result of Abbott-Turnbull decisions to cut $1 billion from support for apprentices.

The 2016/17 Turnbull Budget cut another $250 million from training and skills support to business through the Industry Skills Fund.

Since coming to power, the Liberal National Coalition has overseen a 128,000 fall in apprentice numbers. Commencements in the March 2016 quarter fell by 9.3 per cent compared with the previous year, meaning 17,600 fewer people started an apprenticeship.[1]

 

The Turnbull Government must do more to provide Australian workers with the skills and apprenticeships to work on major projects such as the new submarine fleet.

THURSDAY, 17 NOVEMBER 2016

[1] https://www.ncver.edu.au/about/news-and-events/media-releases/apprentice-and-trainee-numbers-decline