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24,000 workers trained under $87 million Government–industry partnership


Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills
Leader of the Government in the Senate

Almost 24,000 workers and trainees will upgrade their skills under an $87 million Australian Government-industry training investment announced today.

Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator Chris Evans said under the targeted partnership, the Government will provide $45 million and industry $42 million to support training across Australia.

“This investment will mean more Australian plumbers, builders, engineers and electricians,” Senator Evans said.

The funding partnership gives industry the opportunity to ensure the training is tailored to their workers and their business.

“Today we’ve announced that in partnership with industry more than $87 million will be provided to help skill and up-skill 23,777 workers through more than 250 industry driven projects including 33 projects with a focus on the construction sector and 51 with a focus on the aged care sector,” Senator Evans said.

“These are critical industries for our economy. They are industries facing ongoing skills shortages which require employees with high levels of specialised training.

“The funding will mean employers can recruit and train new employees for available positions, and existing workers will also be given the opportunity to upskill.”

Minister Evans said the best way to ensure workplace training meets the needs of employers is to work with them to jointly fund and deliver that training.

“This is not just a good result for the economy but it will also provide the opportunity for thousands of Australians to get the skilled high paying jobs that our economy will need in the future,” he said.

“The key to keeping our economy strong and Australians in jobs is to ensure the success of innovative Australian businesses by ensuring they have access to the highly skilled workers they need.

“Today is just the first instalment of our $558 million National Workforce Development Fund partnership with Australian business. It’s an investment in the skills of Australian workers, the strength of Australian business and the national economy.

“I congratulate the businesses who have come onboard to make the investment we announce today and I encourage businesses across Australia to consider taking part in coming funding rounds through Industry Skills Councils.”

Senator Evans today visited Ford Civil Contracting in Sydney, a successful applicant for funding under the National Workforce Development Fund Government-industry partnerships. Trainees are currently working on earthmoving and excavation of the site for a multistorey commercial and residential project.

The Civil Contractors Federation NSW will receive more than $645,000 to allow more than 40 employers, including Ford Civil Contracting, deliver training to more than 200 workers in New South Wales.

Under the program Government funding is supplemented by a co-contribution from industry. Government contributes at higher levels for small businesses. Large enterprises contribute 66 per cent of the cost of training, medium enterprises 50 per cent and small enterprises 33 per cent.

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