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A Shorten Labor Government will scrap upfront fees for 100,000 TAFE students in a move welcomed by the Member for Solomon, Luke Gosling.

The policy is part of a comprehensive plan to support TAFEs, vocational education and apprenticeships in the Northern Territory and across the country.
Labor will guarantee two-thirds of government vocational education and training funding goes to TAFE and trade providers like Charles Darwin University, to ensure quality learning and improved job opportunities for Territorians and all Australians.

Labor will also invest $100 million in a Building TAFE for the Future Fund, to revitalise TAFE campuses and facilities in regional and outer metropolitan areas.

The Liberals have cut $3 billion from skills, TAFE and apprenticeships funding since they came to office, with a further $270 million cut in the last budget.

“Darwin and Palmerston have seen a collapse in apprentice and trainee numbers under the Coalition government. The number of apprentices and trainees in my electorate has declined by 30 per cent. It’s now standing at just over 600 trainees and apprentices,” said Mr Gosling.

“Approximately 400 of that number are from CDU, which recently had its funding cut by a further $15 million.”

“We want Territorians to have opportunities here, so they can stay in Darwin and Palmerston to build our economy, build the Territory’s future and build their own lives and families.”

To further support apprentices, Labor will ensure Commonwealth funded projects prioritise Australian jobs, with at least one in 10 jobs on major projects filled by apprentices. Labor will also provide 20,000 adult apprentice program placements for older workers who need to retrain and 10,000 pre-apprentice programs for young people who want to learn a trade.

WEDNESDAY, 30 MAY 2018