 TasTAFE staff ranked stress as major workplace factor
 Tasmania’s skills and training system hopelessly broken under Hodgman Government
 Labor determined to restore confidence in TAFE
A damning survey of TasTAFE staff which reveals high levels of stress among employees has shed new light on the on-going dysfunction of Tasmania’s skills and training system under the Hodgman Liberal Government.
Shadow Skills and Training Minister Josh Willie said the survey of 250 staff at TasTAFE which showed only 30 per cent of those who responded say they have role clarity and satisfaction in their jobs, came after allegations of nepotism and cultural problems were revealed in an Integrity Commission investigation.
“Tasmania’s skills and training system desperately needs overhauling from the bottom up,” Mr Willie said.
“There is a huge problem in this state when too many people are emerging from skills training without the skills required for jobs and employers cannot fill positions.
“The Liberals and Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff have allowed TasTAFE to become broken and staff, students and employers need to have confidence restored.
“TasTAFE plays a critical role in getting people ready for life in the workforce and Labor will ensure it does this for all Tasmanians.
“A re-elected Majority Labor Government will establish Industry Advisory Councils that will have a direct role in advising government about skills gaps and about how to allocate funding.
“They will ensure training meets the needs of industry to give Tasmanians better access to jobs.
“We will bring the functions of Skills Tasmania into the education department.
“In addition, we will give industry a greater say in what skills training should be on offer and introduce a $4,000 apprentice bonus payment scheme for employers to encourage industry to take and train more young Tasmanians.”
Josh Willie MP Shadow Minister for Youth, Skills and Training