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Skills training needed for Minister

The State Liberals are demanding the Weatherill Government learn from the expensive mistakes it made in its axed Skills for All program and provide a publicly available annual evaluation of the performance of the replacement Work Ready program.

“The Weatherill Government wasted hundreds of millions of dollars on funding training courses as part of the Skills for All program that didn’t provide the students with the skills employers were looking for,” said Shadow Minister for Employment, Skills and Training David Pisoni.

The ACIL Allen ‘Evaluation of Skills for All’ report released yesterday contains shocking statistics that would have resulted in the axing of Skills for All much earlier if they had been publicly available.

“In short the ACIL Allen report found that just 30.5 per cent of those enrolled in a Skills for All course completed it in 2013 and of those graduates only 70 per cent found a job related benefit,” said Mr David Pisoni.

“This type of shocking performance would not be tolerated if the actual figures were publicly available.

“For years I sought precisely this type of information from various Minister responsible and was told it wasn’t available!”

ACIL Allen found that of the 134,900 enrollments funded under the Skills for All program in 2013 there were just 41,100 qualifications issued (completions). ACIL Allen ‘Evaluation of Skills for All’p1

ACIL Allen also found the number of graduates reporting a job related benefit from completing a qualification fell from 77 per cent to 70 per cent after the introduction of Skills for All.

“The Weatherill Government must engage with industry in the design and operation of the replacement Work Ready program to avoid repeating the mistakes of the Skills for All program,” Mr Pisoni said.

“Given we have the same Minister and the same bureaucrats running Work Ready we will end up with the same result unless there is genuine consultation with industry.”