Building our workforce for the future
- 12 Jan, 2018
Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training
The Hodgman Liberal Government recognises the importance of real skills for real jobs in our strongest and fastest growing industries. Our jobs and skills plan is working, with October seeing a near-record 245,300 Tasmanians in jobs and the State’s jobs growth the second best in the country - well above the national average.
But we know there are still many more Tasmanians wanting work or needing help to find their next career, and the latest round of the Skills Fund will provide training for over 2600 Tasmanians looking for work or wanting to upskill, with a focus on those looking to enter or re-enter the workforce.
Training offered under the program is provided by 25 Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), crossing growth industries such as disability support, agriculture, construction, manufacturing, hospitality, and health and community services. Importantly for our training base, 93 per cent of the successful Skills Fund providers have their head office here in Tasmania or an ongoing and solid local base employing locals.
As Tasmania’s public training provider, it’s critical that TasTAFE is able to predict and meet industry needs. In partnership with DairyTas, and in a separate partnership with Primary Employers Tasmania, TasTAFE has been successful in receiving grants to provide training for people working in the dairy and primary industries sectors.
Partnerships with industry gives students the hands-on work skills they need to gain employment, such as here at Freer Farm for TasTAFE agriculture students. By ensuring these students have the skills industry expect and need, we support the agriculture industry as a key pillar of the state’s economy – which contributes $1.48 billion per annum.
The Skills Fund is another example of the Hodgman Government supporting our growing economy with a job-ready workforce. By matching the right people with the right skills to the jobs where they are needed most is all part of our Plan to continue growing the economy and get more Tasmanians into work.
The full list of approved RTOs and training programs is available at skills.tas.gov.au