TURNBULL GOVT GRASPING AT STRAWS ON APPRENTICE NUMBERS

20 Dec 2016

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews is trying to pass off terrible apprentice numbers as a win, while still boasting about the government’s $2 million gift to former Senator Bob Day’s pet ‘student builder’ project.

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS AND APPRENTICESHIPS

ACTING SHADOW MINISTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

 

TURNBULL GOVT GRASPING AT STRAWS ON APPRENTICE NUMBERS 

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews is trying to pass off terrible apprentice numbers as a win, while still boasting about the government’s $2 million gift to former Senator Bob Day’s pet ‘student builder’ project.

“It absolutely beggars belief that Assistant Minister Andrews would try to spin the latest NCVER figures which show that apprenticeship and trainee commencements decreased by 8.4 percent from June 2015 to 2016 and completions decreased by 16.3 percent over the same period,” said Senator Cameron.

“Perhaps they’re trying to distract us from the fact that the Turnbull Government has slashed yet another skills program, cutting a further $119.1 million and closing the Industry Skills Fund in MYEFO.

“The Coalition have now cut almost $3 billion from skills and apprenticeships, with a further cut of $500 million a year from TAFE looming in 2017.

“That they have the gall to even mention the money they gave to Bob Day’s pet project is astounding - the stench from this bizarre $2m grant will not go away.

“Minister Birmingham floundered his way through Senate questions on that topic so badly that you’d think they’d have shame enough to never mention it again.

“Assistant Minister Andrews still points to Bob Day’s pet project because they have no other skills plan to speak of, and the apprentice numbers, as published by NCVER, paint a terrible picture of declining skills across Australia.

“This government is presiding over an alarming drop in apprenticeships and a rapid weakening of our skills base, which will have impacts on our nation’s productivity and prosperity for years to come. No amount of spin from the Assistant Minister will fix that.” Senator Cameron said.

TUESDAY, 20 DECEMBER 2016