Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

24 January 2018

Elise Archer, Minister for Environment and Parks

More Tasmanian trainees take to the skies

With two new nationally recognised VET diploma courses starting this year, and with approval to attract and train international students, Par Avion is a great example of a Tasmanian business taking off in the current booming economic climate.

An apprenticeship or traineeship is a great way for Tasmanians to get a head start towards a good job and a fulfilling life, which is why it is exciting to see Par Avion secure funding to help get over 100 pilots off the ground this year.

These VET courses will support growth opportunities for Par Avion, while also ensuring Tasmanians who want to follow a career in aviation can stay in their home state for training- helping keep their education costs down while they take to the skies.

Training opportunities such as this have been made possible under a thriving economy - business confidence is up, and more than 10,000 jobs have been created since the election.

Tasmania has certainly come a long way since the former Labor-Green Government when over 3,000 trainee and apprenticeships were lost in two years.

The fact is, there has never been a better time to take on a new apprentice or trainee.

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s number one priority is jobs, and as part of our Plan to Build Your Future, a re-elected Hodgman Liberal Government will increase the number of apprentices and trainees in the private sector by 40 per cent by 2025.

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