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Budget focus on skills and apprentices

Will Hodgman, Premier

The 2019-20 State Budget is all about maintaining the momentum and investing strategically to ensure all Tasmanians benefit from the growth in our economy.

That’s why the Budget will contain significant new investments to match skills training to growing industries so more Tasmanians can be part of the State’s strong economic growth.

We must ensure education and skills training programs complement the needs of the workforce today, and meets future demand.

The Budget will contain $2.9 million in additional funding for TasTAFE to address skills needs in our growth industries. With this extra funding TasTAFE will be able to train more apprentices and students in sectors including construction, electro-technology, plumbing, welding and nursing.

This commitment will help meet the skills needs of Tasmania’s booming construction sector and enable TasTAFE to employ an additional five teachers across building, construction and allied trades, a dedicated team of three welding teachers and a dedicated apprenticeship coordinator and industry liaison officer.

We will also extend the successful Payroll Tax Rebate to support employers to take on new apprentices and trainees in key growth industries between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2021.

As at February 2019, the Payroll Tax rebate was supporting 141 employers to collectively employ 1568 apprentices and trainees, and 264 youth employees.

These initiatives are central to helping young Tasmanians secure apprenticeships, and matching the demand of key industries to the training of apprentices and trainees.

With a confident and growing private sector, and a major focus on infrastructure projects in tomorrow’s budget, my Government is investing to maintain the growth in our economy to support more apprenticeships and local jobs.