ALBANESE & PLIBERSEK – MEDIA RELEASE – AROUND 140,000 APPRENTICES & TRAINEES GONE: PM’S TRADIE CRISIS HOLDING AUSTRALIA BACK – 26 FEBRUARY 2020
THE HON ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER
THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
AROUND 140,000 APPRENTICES AND TRAINEES GONE: SCOTT MORRISON’S TRADIE CRISIS HOLDING AUSTRALIA BACK
New education department data shows around 140,000 apprentices and trainees have been lost under Scott Morrison’s third term Liberal Government, and it’s holding our nation back.
Scott Morrison created this tradie crisis. It’s hurting our economy, and denying Australians jobs.
As a result, we now have shortages of bricklayers, plumbers, hairdressers, bakers, electricians, mechanics, panelbeaters, and other critical trades.
No part of Australia is safe. Every state and territory has lost apprentices and trainees.
We’ve had many businesses, big and small, tell us that they’d love to grow, to take on more staff, but that they can’t find people with the right training.
In fact, the Australian Industry Group says 75 per cent of businesses report they are struggling to find the qualified workers they need.
At the same time, there are almost two million Australians crying out for work or looking for more hours.
Scott Morrison’s failure is criminal.
The Liberals have cut around $3 billion from TAFE and training.
Australia has fewer apprentices and trainees today than when the Liberals first came to office.
There are more people dropping out of vocational education and training courses than finishing them.
By locking Australians out of education and training, the Liberals are locking Australians out of jobs.
WEDNESDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2020