Skilling Australians Fund

Jobseekers, students and workers in the electorate of Pearce will have greater opportunities to obtain job skills and more access to support than ever before, under a new Skilling Australians Fund announced by the Liberal Government.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said the Skilling Australians Fund would be prioritised towards apprenticeships and traineeships, pre-apprenticeships and higher level apprenticeships, and occupations in high demand or with future growth potential.

“This Fund will mean that businesses and employers in Pearce will get the skilled workers they need to continue growing and boost our local economy,” Mr Porter said.

“It will also provide more local people with the opportunity to get the skills they need to put them on the path to a great job and career.”

Rural and regional Australia are a focus of a new $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund that will create an extra 300,000 apprentices over the next four years.

Mr Porter said the Fund recognises how important vocational education and apprenticeships are to industries and job seekers in rural and regional areas.

“The Coalition has identified growth industries that will be prioritised under the Skilling Australians Fund and that includes agriculture and tourism, which are so important to Pearce,” Mr Porter said.

Mr Porter said the new industry specialised mentoring service continued the Government’s focus on supporting apprentices and trainees, complementing the existing services available under the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Program. The service will help keep apprentices in training by providing added support in the first two years of training.

“This will improve completion rates and support the supply of skilled workers in industries undergoing structural change,” Mr Porter said.

“The focus on apprenticeships and traineeships in the Budget will boost the number of young people in Pearce who choose and succeed in this pathway. It will support more members of our community to get the skills they need in industries of the future.”