08 October 2020
RICHARD MARLES MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE
TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
CATHERINE KING MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SCIENCE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SMALL AND FAMILY BUSINESS
LABOR’S AUSTRALIAN SKILLS GUARANTEE
An Albanese Labor Government will train thousands of workers by ensuring one in ten workers on major government projects are Australian Apprentices.
The Federal Government spends billions on big infrastructure and defence projects every year. We should be better using that investment to help train the next generation of tradies.
Labor will only fund projects where large contractors can show they will partner with TAFE and train local workers.
The Liberals have spent seven years creating a tradie crisis, with 140,000 Australian Apprentices lost, and shortages of critical workers including carpenters, plumbers, and metalworkers.
Apprenticeships are the path to good jobs in a trade. That’s why Labor’s plan will help more Australians to take up the tools.
Labor will also pursue a similar approach in other government subsidised workplaces like disability care, aged care, and childcare. Taxpayers invest billions in these critical services, so government must deliver quality training and career paths for those areas too.
THURSDAY, 8 OCTOBER 2020