3. STOP THE COLLAPSE IN SKILLS


Small businesses need skilled workers and more Australians need jobs.

 

There aren’t enough people being trained for the jobs on offer.

 

300,000 less students are funded to do vocational education and training (VET) than five years ago, including 140,000 less apprentices [1].  Young people are missing out when youth unemployment is still unacceptably high.

 

This is not good enough.  We are failing the next generation of young Australians and selling small business short on the skills they need.

The next Federal Government needs to invest more in vocational education and training so in three years time there are 350,000 more students being funded.

1 (Source: NCVER)

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