JOINT MEDIA RELEASE - NEW $40 MILLION TRADES TRAINING TAFE FOR BRISBANE’S NORTH LAKES - TUESDAY, 7 MAY 2019

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP 
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION 
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING 
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN 
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

 
SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS, TAFE AND APPRENTICESHIPS
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

 
SUSAN LAMB MP
MEMBER FOR LONGMAN
 
CORINNE MULHOLLAND
CANDIDATE FOR PETRIE

ALI FRANCE
CANDIDATE FOR DICKSON
 
NEW $40 MILLION TRADES TRAINING TAFE FOR BRISBANE’S
NORTH LAKES

A Shorten Labor Government will partner with the Queensland Government to deliver a $40 million SkillsTech TAFE campus at North Lakes.
 
The $40 million trades training TAFE will provide industry-standard skills for the electrotechnology, construction, engineering and automotive industries - for both large and small businesses.
 
Only Labor will ensure Queenslanders can get the skills they need to secure local jobs.
 
The SkillsTech TAFE campus will have a student capacity of 3,300 and will create
65 teaching and support jobs, with a further 150 jobs throughout the construction stage.
 
To be built on land owned by the Queensland Government, the facility will cater for the growing population areas north of Brisbane including Pine Rivers, Caboolture, North Lakes and Caloundra.
Employers, apprentices and local communities north of Brisbane will be the beneficiaries of this state-of the-art trade training facility.
 
Federal Labor and Queensland Government will invest $20 million each.
 
Under the LNP, Australian apprenticeships have plummeted by 34 per cent in Queensland – with more than 29,000 apprenticeships and traineeships lost since 2013.

A Shorten Labor Government will turn this around by investing more than $1 billion in TAFE and apprenticeships.
 
The Queensland Labor Government is investing more than $85 million to redevelop TAFE campuses across the State.
 
Meanwhile, Federal Labor has committed to more than $45 million to build and renew TAFE facilitates across Queensland.
 
Labor has already announced we will provide 56,000 new apprenticeships and TAFE places with no upfront fees for Queenslanders as part of our Queensland Skills Guarantee.
 
This includes:

  • 20,000 TAFE places with no up-front fees.
  • 30,000 extra apprentice incentives.
  • 2,000 pre-apprenticeship places.
  • 4,000 advanced entry adult apprenticeships.


The equation is simple. If Queenslanders can’t access the right training, they will miss out on local jobs.
 
A Shorten Labor Government will also guarantee at least two in three public vocational education dollars will go to TAFE. And we will require one in 10 jobs on major Commonwealth and Defence projects to be an apprentice.
 
If you want better schools, TAFEs and universities, not more cuts – vote Labor.
 
TUESDAY, 7 MAY 2019