Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

22 July 2020

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Flexibility of training and connection with jobs focus for latest skills roundtable

The Tasmanian Government recognises that reskilling and upskilling Tasmanians is essential to our communities and in rebuilding our economy and rolling out our $3.1 billion construction blitz.

The latest Skills Roundtable, held virtually with participants from around the state this morning, has focussed on the connection with jobs, local partnerships, and the flexibility of an industry led VET sector to train the next generation of young Tasmanians to meet the skills needs of our economy.

The Roundtable was designed to include a range of sectors and regional bodies so we could focus on the common challenges we face in creating the entry to training pathways for young people from a diversity of backgrounds to support business workforce needs now and into the future.

It builds on last month’s Skills Roundtable which focussed on reskilling and upskilling Tasmanians to drive our recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19, and the Building and Construction Roundtable on 1 July which focussed on our construction-led COVID-19 recovery plan.

We have seen when we support strong local, industry and regional partnerships we can achieve great things for business and our communities.

Today’s Roundtable included representatives from 21 sectors including transport, tourism and hospitality, agriculture, seafood, wine, manufacturing and engineering, and aged, children’s, disability and social services, as well as group training, ICT, small business and local government.

We look forward to continuing to work closely with our industry and community leaders to support their specific skills and workforce development needs.

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