New figures released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) show apprenticeships continue to fall under Malcolm Turnbull’s minority Liberal government.
Figures in just-released data show:
- 4,600 Tasmanians commenced an apprenticeship between June 2015 and March 2016, compared to 5,800 over the same period last year;
- from June 2012 to March 2013, when federal Labor was in office, 7,100 Tasmanians commenced an apprenticeship;
- in March 2016, there were 7,900 apprentices and trainees in Tasmania compared to 8,500 in March 2015;
- when Labor left federal office in September 2013, there were 9,500 apprentices in Tasmania;
- nationwide, there were 286,500 apprentices and trainees across Australia in March 2016, a 10.2 per cent fall from March 2015;
- in March 2013, under Labor, Australia had 436,300 apprentices.
Since coming to power in 2013 the Liberal-National-LNP-CLP government has cut $1 billion from apprenticeship support, presided over private sector training college rorts and allowed apprentice numbers to plummet by more than 128,000.
“Malcolm Turnbull’s minority Liberal government has completely dropped the ball when it comes to training young Tasmanians,” said federal Labor MP for Lyons Brian Mitchell.
“How about cracking down on visa rorts, rebuilding TAFE and getting serious about training young Tasmanians.”