Hodgman Govt Invests $2.3 Million To Support 800 Training Places

Hodgman Govt Invests $2.3 Million To Support 800 Training Places

Tasmania Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff

$2.3 Million Skills Investment To Meet Demand

Victor P Taffa

The Hodgman State Government is investing $2.3 Million to support more than 800 additional training places for Tasmanians in areas of growth including tourism and hospitality, agriculture and building and construction, Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff said.

“This is part of this Government’s $100 Million investment into the skills training sector, which assists one in 10 working Tasmanians to upskill by subsidising their vocational education.”

$2.3 Million is allocated across two programs; the first is the Skills Fund Special Release Program, which will provide $604,000 in grants to support 203 training positions in emerging areas of skills needed to support future growth in our economy.

Following a competitive grant round, TasTAFE has successfully secured $240,000, which will support 103 training positions in one of its most popular training areas; adventure tourism.

“Tasmania’s record boom in tourism, and our Government’s commitment to make Tasmania the environmental tourism capital of the world, has resulted in a huge demand for experiences in our wilderness; from kayaking, to rock climbing and bushwalking.” Mr. Rockliff said.

“To unlock further potential for growth, we must ensure we have experienced people to take tourists off the beaten track, and expertly lead them on an exceptional experience of all that our wilderness has to offer.”

TasTAFE will now be able to create an additional 103 training positions across areas including:

  • Abseiling and Climbing Guide,
  • Canyon Guide,
  • Essential Skills for Guides,
  • Sea Kayaking Guide,
  • White Water Rescue.

These are not only among TasTAFE’s most in-demand courses; they are also among its most successful, with almost 100 % of graduates gaining employment.

Remainder of the Skills Fund Special Release Program will go towards supporting 34 training places in management and leadership training in our booming construction industry, and 81 training places in NBN Installation training.

Second component of this $2.3 Million investment in skills is $1.76 Million for the latest round of the Career Start program. This is a competitive funding round for private providers only, and 85 % of this funding has been received by Tasmanian providers.

“This will provide more than 600 additional training places for Tasmanians to undertake training in growth sectors including agriculture, advanced manufacturing and aged and disability services.”

“Jobs are our number one priority, and we are focused on continuing to work with key industries to ensure they are never hamstrung, turning down work or delaying investment, because they can’t find skilled workers. Today’s funding will help to ensure this, and drive further growth in our economy.” Mr. Rockliff said.