Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

31 October 2017

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Building and construction apprentices up under Hodgman Liberal Government

The Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board (TBCITB) 2016-17 Annual Report reflects our strong economy and the continued growth of Tasmania’s building and construction sector under the Hodgman Liberal Government.

The number of apprentices employed in the building and construction sector is up 14 per cent year-on-year, with growth in both the traditional trades and civil construction areas.

Employment in the sector also continues to grow strongly, up to 22,800 people as at May 2017 and an increase of 31 per cent since June 2014 when only 17,400 people were employed in the sector.

In 2016-17, the TBCITB supported 8,331 building and construction workers to undertake vital skills and safety training, 517 more participants than the previous year. The total investment in training by the TBCITB also rose from $1.83 million in 2015-16 to $1.85 million in 2016-17, helping to ensure that the industry has the skilled and trained workers it needs to grow.

I thank the board for their valuable contribution to this growing industry, who are a great source of support for employers and apprentices.

These are encouraging signs for our local building and construction sector, which continues to power ahead under the strong leadership of a majority Hodgman Liberal Government.

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