A Shorten Labor Government will make a $5 million contribution towards a $12 million Construction Skills and Future Training Apprenticeship Centre at the Gordon TAFE in Wyndham.  

This election is a choice between Labor’s plan for TAFE or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals.  

We need real change because more of the same isn’t good enough. 

In Melbourne’s West, the construction industry currently employs over 32,000 workers and has a projected employment growth of 17.2% in the five years to 2023.  

During this same period, the construction industry is estimated to require an additional 5,000 employees.  

“The Construction Skills and Future Training Apprenticeship Centre at the Gordon TAFE in Wyndham will ensure that demand for skilled tradespeople in one of Victoria’s fastest growing regions is met with a skilled workforce, ready for meaningful work,” said Member for Lalor Joanne Ryan MP.   

As the construction industry moves towards automation, digital technology and robotics, the centre in Wyndham will support workers to learn the skills required for the jobs of the future.  

Labor’s commitment to the Gordon TAFE in Wyndham is part of Labor’s $200 million Building TAFE for the Future Fund to revitalise TAFE facilities in order to meet industry needs, and support teaching for the digital economy.  

“Having worked in local schools for 27 year prior to entering the federal Parliament, I have seen firsthand the importance of ensuring that our local young people have access to opportunities to obtain the skills and training they need.”   

“The election of a Shorten Labor Government will breathe new life into the TAFE sector and will deliver many more opportunities for our local young people,” said Ms Ryan.


If elected, a Shorten Labor Government will provide more than $1 billion in additional investment in TAFE, including: 

  • $50 million for 10,000 Pre-apprenticeship programs.
  • $380 million for 100,000 TAFE places with no upfront fees.   
  • $334 million for 150,000 additional Apprentice Incentives. 

Labor will also ensure one in every 10 jobs on major Commonwealth and defence projects are filled by an Australian apprentice. We will also conduct a once in a generation inquiry into the post-secondary education system to identify and fix problems created by the Liberals.  

End the chaos.  Vote for change.  Vote for Labor. 

TUESDAY, 7 MAY 2019  

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra  


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