Universities Australia welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement of additional, free TAFE places to ensure the workforce has the skilled people it needs.
“Australia needs strong and functioning sectors in higher education and vocational education to give every Australian a real opportunity,” said Catriona Jackson, chief executive of Universities Australia.
“Over the next five years, 9 out of 10 jobs will require a post-secondary qualification.
“We have always said that we need more education and knowledge, not less, and more skilled people, not less, to build a bright future for Australia.
“Ensuring the country has the supply of workers that employers and the economy need has never been more important, especially as Australia faces a severe skills shortage.
“As we enter the first day of the Jobs and Skills Summit, we look forward to working with colleagues across the TAFE sector, as well as government, business and unions, to help prepare the workforce- work for the future.”