After years of bitter wrangling over schools and university funding, skills training has now emerged as a key battleground in the Coalition and Labor’s pitch to young voters ahead of the federal election.
The Coalition has announced a raft of measures to boost training and employment for young people as part of a half-a-billion dollar skills package, including up to 80,000 new apprenticeships.
Labor’s $1 billion package includes nearly double the number of new apprenticeships and a focus on boosting TAFE.
But there are growing concerns about whether our education systems can adequately prepare young people for the jobs of tomorrow.
Guest: Katie Acheson, Chair, Australian Youth Affairs Coalition
Craig Robertson, Chief Execuative, TAFE Directors Australia
James Pearson, Chief Executive, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Producer: Justine Parker