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Call for Government to Invest in Skilled Workers and VET

Parliamentary Activity - Thursday, 15 September 2016


Thursday 15 September 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes:—

(a)           the recently released report from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research which indicated that around 40 per cent of apprentices and trainees are not completing their courses and that many are leaving in their first year;

(b)           that in Tasmania the number commencing training or apprenticeship has dropped by 3,000 in the past decade;

(c)           that food trade apprentices and trainees had the lowest completion rate of all;

(d)           the recent Tasmanian hospitality and tourism industry audit which also revealed a significant drop in the uptake of funded training places since 2013, with 23 per cent fewer training through TasTAFE and 43 per cent fewer through Skills Tasmania;

(e)           that one third of Tasmanian tourism and hospitality businesses have had difficulty in recruiting staff; and

(f)            that the Liberal’s plan to grow Tasmania’s tourism and hospitality sector, with the view to seeing growth up to 1.5 million visitors annually, is struggling to come to fruition with a significant lack of skilled workers, particularly chefs, in the State.

(7)           Calls on the Liberal Government to heed the warnings of the hospitality, tourism and education sectors and ensure that Tasmania’s public VET system is adequately funded and supported, and to think outside the box in an effort to maintain a strong and healthy workforce for the tourism and hospitality industry.