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No employment data collected on Skills for All program

Freedom of Information (FOI) documents have revealed that the Weatherill Labor Government does not collect employment outcomes data for its troubled Skills for All training program.

The State Liberals submitted an FOI earlier this year asking for access to documents on regional Skills for All programs, which included information on how many people had secured employment, and for those who had secured employment, how many remained employed 6 months and 12 months later.

The Department of State Development responded:

“The Department does not currently collect data on employment outcomes of each student or graduate at the training provider level…”

“It is absolutely extraordinary that the Government does not collect data on the success of its primary skills and training program,” said Shadow Employment, Skills and Training Minister David Pisoni.

“No wonder the Skills for All program is a complete shambles when the Government has no way to measure the employment outcomes of various programs.

“Premier Weatherill and Minister Gago must explain why this is the case and why Skills for All was even established without any thought given to how actual employment outcomes would be measured.

“When Skills for All was announced in 2012, the Weatherill Labor Government promised a review into the program after the first year.

“However, this review was delayed by the Weatherill Labor Government with a new review now expected to be completed by the end of the year – over two years since the program was first established.”