Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

24 June 2020

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Tasmanian Skills RoundTable

A Skills RoundTable will be held next Wednesday 1 July focusing on the skills needed to support the Tasmanian Government’s $3.1 billion Rebuilding Tasmania Construction Blitz plan.

It will include the Premier and peak industry groups, including Master Builders, HIA, TBCITB, TCCI, TasTAFE and the Union movement which will assist the Government map a skills plan to deliver our building and infrastructure blitz.

We know the best way to get our budget back on track, boost business confidence and support jobs is to grow the economy, and our COVID Recovery Plan encourages businesses to re-invest in apprentices and trainees.

The Government has a plan for Tasmania’s vocational education and training system, a strategy for workforce development and a proven track record of delivering nation leading results.

We are supporting Tasmanians who have been affected by COVID-19 to reskill or gain new skills ready to enter employment in growth industries through TasTAFE’s ‘SKILL UP’ your future program.

In addition, support is already being provided to Tasmanians through our Rapid Response Skills program, which is helping those made redundant as a result of COVID-19 to retrain.

Eligible Job Seekers are able to immediately access up to $3,000, which can be used to pay for training from any training provider, or to access career and employment advice, to help choose the best pathway available. It can also cover the cost for work or safety gear if required.

We are also investing an additional $7 million in the Trades and Water Centre of Excellence at Clarence to provide qualifications in key sectors such as construction, civil construction and water and sewerage infrastructure.

The initial Roundtable will be complemented by a second Skills meeting in coming weeks, which will focus on skill needs during and post Covid, and enable a broader range of industry stakeholders and regional skills and workforce development bodies to provide input.

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