Labor to combat Tasmanian Skill Shortage with South East Jobs & Training Hub

An Albanese Labor Government will invest $1 million in a targeted boost to our local economy by creating a SERDA Jobs Hub, expanding the local Trade Training Centre in Sorell, upskilling and creating new local jobs in south east Tasmania.

For too long, skills shortages have impacted the region due to the neglect of the Morrison Government, with the existing Trade Training Centre at capacity.

The current facility is too small and too out of date for what is required to build a local workforce.

For too long, the Liberals have neglected skills in Tasmania. The local numbers reflect this story, with more than 30,000 completing their apprenticeship and traineeships under the former Labor Government, compared to just 17,000 completions in the same period of time under the Coalition - a drop of more than 44 per cent.

Only with this investment by Labor can we turn around the skills shortage caused by the Morrison Government and invest in homegrown, Tasmanian skills.

That is why a Labor Government will partner with Sorell Council and SERDA to create a central Jobs Hub tailored to meeting current and future demands for skilled workers and strengthening the region. 

The proposed Hub will be located centrally in Sorell adjacent to a child-care centre and the local park and ride facility, making it accessible for the Hubs target market of mature age students, job seekers, young parents returning to the workforce, people up-skilling, and business owners.

Quotes attributable to Anthony Albanese:

"We need to be doing more to invest in homegrown skills, so that we have the local workforce to that so many businesses and communities are crying out for.”

“Labor’s plan for free TAFE is a part of our commitment to Tasmania for more jobs, and today’s $1 million announcement for a local SERDA Jobs Hub is our commitment to further supporting skills and good, secure jobs.”

“The Morrison Government has completely neglected skills and training and it’s an issue which is being felt right across the country, including here in Tasmania."

Quotes attributable to Brian Mitchell:

“This commitment in an exciting opportunity for Sorell and for Tasmania."

“We know the importance of up-skilling Tasmanians and addressing the Liberals’ legacy of critical skills shortages."

“Labor’s investment will empower local people to up-skill for local jobs and strengthen our community.”