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August 25, 2020

The Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury regions have suffered a 22 per cent drop in the number of apprentices and trainees in training during the seven years of the Liberal Government, Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman has revealed.


New Department of Education, Skills and Employment figures* show there were 2,017 apprentices and trainees in training across Macquarie when the Labor Government lost power in 2013.


“Today, the figures show there are just 1,565 – or 452 fewer,” Ms Templeman said. “That’s a significant drop of more than 22.4 per cent.


“That is a shocking performance from the government that spins itself as good for business.


“We should have been seeing an increase in apprentices, not a decline, but instead the Morrison Government relied on overseas visa holders to fill skills gaps.”


The news came as Australia marked National Skills Week, a chance to acknowledge the importance of TAFE and training in local communities.


“It also serves to remind people about Scott Morrison’s tradie crisis,” Ms Templeman said. “The Liberals have cut more than $3 billion from TAFE and training since they came to office, and 140,000 apprentices and trainees have been lost nationwide.

“Labor believes education and jobs go hand in hand. We know we will need tradies and other critical workers to help our nation recover after coronavirus – to lift us out of recession. So why won’t Scott Morrison do more to train young locals now?”