Training and workforce development in Tasmania
The Department of State Growth, through Skills Tasmania, takes the lead in developing and managing the Tasmanian training and workforce development system in partnership with industry, the vocational education and training sector, and the wider community.
The training and workforce development system in Tasmania is established under the Training and Workforce Development Act 2013 and incorporates the vocational education and training system, including the apprenticeship and traineeship system. These are also part of the national training system.
The apprenticeship and traineeship system is a key focus for the Tasmanian Government. In 2017, the Government committed to increasing the number of apprentices and trainees by 40 per cent by 2025 (Building your Future Strategy, 2017). Tasmania has also signed the National Partnership for Skilling Australians Fund, which also sets targets for increasing the number of apprenticeships and traineeships in Tasmania.
Priorities for the training and workforce development system in Tasmania are set out periodically in the Ministerial Priorities for Training and Workforce Development.
There are six priority areas for the Tasmanian Training and Workforce Development system in the period 2018-2021:
- Invest in training and workforce development activities in priority industries to drive economic growth and employment
- Facilitate a high quality, responsive and flexible training system
- Support TasTAFE to be a high quality, contemporary and responsive public provider
- Support more apprenticeships and traineeships
- Support all Tasmanians to access training and gain skills to participate in the workforce and community
- Promote vocational pathways in a modern economy
These priorities aim to deliver a more efficient and competitive training system, with a strong focus on producing the skills needed by the current labour market, and on investing in skills that will drive economic growth.
The Tasmanian training and workforce development system has strong connections with business and industry to ensure that training meets the needs of businesses and individuals. The system is also targeted to ensure that individuals who need support to be work-ready are assisted to overcome barriers and be effective in their work.