Labor welcomes the government’s announcement of a new subsidised training program for the state’s agriculture sector.
Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Water Shane Broad said the Agriskills Entry Program is a cut and paste of Labor’s Ag Kickstarter program.
“It’s nice to see the government adopting a Labor policy, one we have been advocating for on behalf of industry for two years.
“Labor’s Ag Kickstarter program outlined a subsidised training pathway for workers to gain basic skills to set them up for a career in the sector – which is exactly what the government’s program announced today does.
“With the industry facing more pressures due to border closures and restricted trade routes, there’s more demand for local labour to help farmers get produce to market.
“The Ag Kickstarter Program formed part of Labor’s COVID-19 Recovery Package, designed to get Tasmanians back into jobs and help those hardest hit by the pandemic.
“We now urge the government to adopt more of our recommendations from the package, including our Free TAFE Policy, to assist 5,000 more Tasmanians to gain qualifications in other areas of high skill demand, including the hospitality and building and construction sectors.
“It’s a good move for industry and a good move for Tasmanian jobs.”
Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Water