Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

21 December 2018

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Advanced Manufacturing and Defence Industries

$4.3 million for Skills Fund program to boost workforce

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government recognises the importance of ensuring our workforce has the skills it needs to continue to support our strongest and fastest growing industries.

Tasmania is experiencing its best economic and jobs growth in a decade  and our new round of the Skills Fund program will provide training for more than 3200 Tasmanians seeking new or enhanced work skills, especially those looking to enter or re-enter the workforce.

The Hodgman Liberal Government has increased the size of the fund from $3 million to more than $4.3 million which will support even more people to undertake training in important industries.

Training offered under the program is delivered by 20 Registered Training Organisations with 100 per cent of the successful providers having their head office located here in Tasmania, or a local base employing locals.

Under this round, priority skills areas have been the biggest winners with more than 2000 training places in aged care, disability services, early childhood education and care, and community services receiving a total of almost $2.5 million.

Another key sector recipient of the Skills Fund is advanced manufacturing with more than $500,000 in funding to deliver cutting-edge training that supports waste reduction, improvements to efficiency, and improved safety outcomes in manufacturing and other process-driven businesses.

A total of 31 businesses will receive support to build what are known as lean principles and practices into their processes and to upskill their employees. These include businesses from the seafood, food processing, construction and engineering sectors.

Since its inception, the Skills Fund program has provided more than $80 million towards subsidised training for about 58,000 participants.

This is another example of the Hodgman Liberal Government using it strong financial management to invest in building a highly skilled workforce for our key industries both now and into the future.

The full list of approved RTOs and training programs is available at www.skills.tas.gov.au.

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