Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

3 June 2019

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Three new programs on offer to provide skills for the workforce

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to ensuring we have a skilled workforce to meet the future needs of our growing state.

That is why we are investing $200,000 over three years to deliver an Agribusiness Career Pathways Cadetship Program.

Tasmania’s agribusiness sector is one of the largest contributors to Tasmania’s economy, with over 5,500 agriculture, forestry and fishing businesses operating in Tasmania in 2018.

We are also investing $200,000 over two years in a pilot project to raise awareness of the exciting career opportunities in the advanced manufacturing sector.

The program, which will be developed together with education and industry stakeholders, will take the idea of a rewarding career in advanced manufacturing directly to staff and students at schools across the state.

And in effort to bolster our early education workforce we are investing almost $150,000 over two years on a new initiative.

Working in partnership with Early Childhood Australia, the new Building sustainable workforce foundations initiative will run over two years, expanding on our Early Years and School Age Care Sectors Workforce Plan.

This initiative will help us to lay the foundations we need to attract more people to the early childhood education workforce, while providing them with the skills they need to succeed.

It will also include a pilot ‘career taster’ program to engage those people who are considering a career in the sector.

Raising awareness of these career opportunities, and encouraging them to take up the opportunities for a lifelong career in their chosen sector will help ensure we have a skilled workforce available for Tasmanians to continue to thrive.

These investments are an important part of our plan to maintain the momentum we have created in education and ensure that every Tasmanian student has the best possible opportunities in life.

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