Sep 3, 2004

Yeronga TAFE to benefit from Labor’s plan for training and education

YERONGA TAFE TO BENEFIT FROM LABOR’S PLAN FOR TRAINING AND EDUCATION

MEDIA RELEASE: Anthony Albanese, Shadow Minister for Employment Services and Training, and

Graham Perrett – Labor Candidate for Moreton

3 September 2004

Yeronga TAFE will benefit from Labor’s plans to make new investments in training and education, according to Labor’s candidate for Moreton, Graham Perrett.

Graham Perrett joined with Anthony Albanese MP, Shadow Minister for Employment Services and Training, and Simon Finn MP, State Member for Yeerongpilly today for a tour of Yeronga TAFE.

“As a high school teacher for eleven years I was proud to send many of my students on to further studies at TAFE, so I understand how important this institute is to creating opportunity in our local area,” Graham Perrett told a meeting of staff and students.

“Education is a great passion of mine, and I’m pleased a Latham Labor Government will create 20,000 new places at TAFE, including many right here in Yeronga,” he said.

“Labor will also introduce a Youth Guarantee, which will mean all 15 to 18 year olds will have the support to either study at school, TAFE, or university or be in a job or apprenticeship,” he said.

“Yeronga TAFE will benefit from the extra 7,500 TAFE places for 15 to 18 year olds under Labor’s Youth Guarantee, and from our plans to abolish TAFE fees for secondary school students,” he said.

Labor’s Shadow Minister for Employment Services and Training Anthony Albanese said TAFE was important to overcoming Australia’s growing shortage of skilled workers.

“We need to skill up Australia, and Labor has a proven record on that: we believe in a high wage high skill economy,” Anthony Albanese said.