The Morrison government says it wants to end “job snobbery” by encouraging thousands of young Australians to ditch plans for university and take up a trade instead.
The change in message comes as the government confronts big shortages in some vital blue collar jobs.
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In 2008, more than a quarter of a million Australians began their apprenticeship but by last year, the number of new apprentices had all but halved.
A government list of the fifty highest earning jobs, shows thirty one are the product of vocational training, not a degree.
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The government’s top example: construction managers earn almost $3,500 a week.
The major parties blame one another for Australia’s skills shortage.