Published 10-05-2018

BUDGET FAILS TO ADDRESS SKILLS SHORTAGES

10-05-2018

The Electrical Trades Union has slammed the Federal Budget for failing to address the nation’s training crisis, claiming that the number of Australians learning a skill or trade has dropped by 37% since the Liberal Government came to power.

According to ETU National Secretary Allen Hicks: “Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison foolishly think slashing another $270 million from a sector on the verge of crisis is going to turn things around.

“Our TAFEs have had their funding drastically cut for another year and young Australians are being shut out of opportunity.”

Hicks went on to say: “Young Australians taking up apprenticeships will be the ones building this country in years to come but they have had their future sold out from under them as Turnbull and Morrison grovel and throw cash at older, wealthy Australians.”

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