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Tasmania Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff

Helping Break Down Barriers To Work

Victor P Taffa

Hodgman Government is committed to building a skilled workforce and breaking down traditional barriers some may face getting work.

That’s why our Adult Learning Fund and Skills Fund Grants are important in providing effective career pathways for Tasmanians who are facing barriers to employment, as well as supporting businesses to upskill their existing workforce, Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff said.

Under the latest funding rounds for these programs, 25 local training organisations will share in $4.24 Million to directly help some 200 jobseekers and existing workers improve their skills to secure rewarding carers.

“These programs help Tasmanians who are either looking for work, or would like to work more or gain new skills, to enable them to continue working in their chosen field and by doing so help fill skills gaps in industries that need more skilled workers.” Minister Rockliff said.

“Both programs will address skills shortages across key sectors including building and construction, advanced manufacturing, and aged and disability services.”

Importantly, the Adult Learning Fund recognises that age and socioeconomic factors can still be a barrier to finding a new job or career, and it provides funding not just for the training but for a range of support services to help people address these challenges.

“This targeted support is part of our plan to get more Tasmanians into rewarding work where their newly acquired skills will be of most benefit to the economy, the community and their own wellbeing.” Minister Rockliff said.

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