Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

15 April 2019

Leonie Hiscutt, Liberal Member for Montgomery

Building skills in the North West

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to creating more opportunities for Tasmanians to start their careers and I welcome the Commonwealth Government’s package of initiatives to support skills training in the North West.

The $3.15 million package will fund nine initiatives that will deliver training and qualifications for 600 North West Tasmanians required in the growth sectors of agriculture, mining, manufacturing, building and construction.

Among the initiatives are programs to increase pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships in construction trades, a scholarships pilot program offering $2000 grants to 200 apprentices and new training materials to support the development of skills in the agri-tourism sector.

These initiatives complement the work of the Hodgman Liberal Government, including our Small Business Growth Strategy and the extension of our successful payroll tax scheme and small business grants, which will support the employment of around 4,500 young Tasmanians as apprentices and trainees.

Apprenticeships are a great pathway to a rewarding career and are a real asset for local businesses to help them grow and create more jobs.

Both the State and Federal Liberals are firmly committed to ensuring our local businesses have access to skilled staff so more locals can build strong and successful careers in their local community.

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