The latest national training figures show there are even fewer career opportunities for young South Australians under the Weatherill Labor Government.
The data revealed that in the December quarter:
- SA apprentice and trainee commencements were the lowest in the past 10 years of records;
- SA apprentice and trainee completions were the lowest in the past 7 years of records;
- SA apprentice and trainee commencements slumped by 45 per cent and slumped by 50 per cent in the past 12 months; and,
- SA apprentice and trainee completions were the worst performing in Australia.
“Minister Gago, Labor’s sixth training minister in six years, must immediately take action to arrest South Australia’s dramatic decline in apprenticeships,” said Shadow Employment, skills and Training Minister David Pisoni.
“This year, training and apprenticeship opportunities will be few and far between as business confidence plummets when the Weatherill Labor Government’s budget cuts come into play.
“Training will also become a bigger burden for employers as Labor cuts $15 million out of the Skills for All training budget and a further $15 million from “other savings measures”.
“Labor must genuinely commit to employment and training and must stop using this portfolio as a starting block for new ministers and an exit door for failed ministers.”