Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

That Labor Party has promised that it will provide free TAFE and more university places if it succeeds in the federal election.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has proposed a $ 1.2 billion ‘Future Made in Australia Skills Plan’ designed to address skills shortages in Australia through new locations at the university and TAFE.

It would provide 456,000 free TAFE places, including 45,000 new ones, to strengthen the workforce hardest hit by COVID-19, including hospitality and tourism, and to help meet needs in care industries such as geriatric care and childcare.

TAFE NSWs ultimate campus. (Louise Kennerley)

A $ 50 million TAFE technology fund would improve IT facilities, workshops, laboratories and telecommunications health simulators across the country.

A new $ 100 million energy apprenticeship program will encourage and support 10,000 apprentices to train in new energy jobs and provide the extra support they need to complete their education.

The proposal would mean that at least 70 per cent of Commonwealth’s vocational training funds would go to public TAFE.

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It would also create up to 20,000 new university places to meet skills shortages and meet future skills needs by training Australians in jobs including engineering, nursing, technology and teaching.

Places will also be prioritized for universities that offer more opportunities for under-represented groups such as people in regional, remote and outer suburbs, those who are the first in their family to study at the university, and First Nations Australians.

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