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    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    More than $1M to train for jobs of the future at Ashmore TAFE

    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    More than $1M to train for jobs of the future at Ashmore TAFE

    Minister for Training and Employment Shannon Fentiman today announced more than $1 million in funding for Ashmore TAFE to upgrade facilities to ensure students receive the most up-to-date training to equip them for long-term and secure jobs.

    “Stage One is already underway and students will soon have access to state-of-the-art welding bays,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “Stage Two will include new welders, LED lighting and even more upgraded equipment.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is investing in skills and training so that Queenslanders can find meaningful work and career pathways in much-needed vocations.

    “We are determined to increase the number of apprenticeships and traineeships undertaken in Queensland.

    “This State Government is investing in a range of programs including fee-free places in training for students leaving year” 12, direct subsidies for employers to take on apprentices and trainees and because of these programs we have seen impressive results with thousands of Queenslanders finding a job.

    “Our investment means this TAFE will also soon be able to offer advance trade classes that will not only benefit engineering students but also those studying electrical, plumbing and welding courses.

    “When we think about engineering, we often think about the old ways of manufacturing but with these upgrades and excellent teachers, we are very much training students for a future that includes high-tech tools such as drone technology.

    “In the Federal Budget in a couple of weeks, the Prime Minister plans to rip $40 million from vocational training in our State.

    “Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has written to Malcolm Turnbull, telling him that this would not only crush the future for tens of thousands of our young people but that it creates uncertainty for mums, dads and families who want to help create a vocational path for their children.

    “I’ve written to the Federal assistant minister Karen Andrews and it’s disappointing that she hasn’t acted to make sure that TAFE students on the Gold Coast and across Queensland have secure access to vocational training.

    “It’s been more than a year since the Federal Government invested anything in Queensland and jobs are at risk if Karen Andrews doesn’t fight for Queenslanders to get our $40 million back.

    “I flat out refuse to sign a dud deal with Malcolm Turnbull that will not benefit Queenslanders.”

    “We know that these young people want to work.

    “We know that the jobs are there, especially in the area of construction, in tourism and in hospitality but tearing up training contracts for apprentices and trainees means that we are facing a looming skills shortage.

    “We have the people – what we don’t have is the backing of the Federal Government and that’s why I’m calling on Karen Andrews to stand up for her State and jobs for our residents.

    “That is why investing in training courses such as those offered by TAFE colleges across Queensland is so important.”

     ENDS

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