Rebecca White MP Labor Leader  
  • Labor’s Industry Advisory Councils agree skills training is a priority
  • Serious gaps in availability of training must be addressed
  • Labor will work with local businesses to ensure future Tasmanian jobs

A lack of training opportunities continues to have a serious effect on the ability of Tasmanian businesses to attract properly skilled workers to meet their needs.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said the first four meetings of Labor’s Industry Advisory Councils had identified there is an urgent need for a more targeted approach to skills and training to ensure growing industries can fill jobs locally.

Visiting manufacturing business Plastic Fabrications at Goodwood today, Ms White said Labor had established its eight Industry Advisory Councils to work hand in hand with local businesses and industry experts to develop a way forward to create and sustain local jobs.

“PFG is a Tasmanian based plastics manufacturing business which designs and produces products for the aquaculture industry including pens, boats and net cleaning systems,” Ms White said.

“The company want to hire locals and they want Tasmanian workers to be skilled up to meet their needs but TAFE does not currently provide the specialist training that PFG requires so it is investigating establishing its own training facility.”

Ms White said PFG has agreed to participate in Labor’s Minerals, Energy and Manufacturing IAC to help identify ways forward.

“Labor wants to work with businesses like PFG to ensure they can employ Tasmanians in secure, well paid jobs.

“We need to do more to create pathways from training to employment and TAFE should be offering courses that are better aligned to meet the industry need.

“A common theme expressed by many businesses we are visiting around Tasmania is that more needs to be done to match skills shortages with Tasmanians looking for work.

“Our IACs will focus on the longer term challenges and opportunities facing Tasmania’s economy and our people, including education and training.”