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Skills for All, jobs for fewer

Jul 12, 2012

David Pisoni MP

Shadow Minister for Education
Shadow Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education
Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Development

Skills for All, jobs for fewer

The Labor Government’s fifth Skills Minister in six years, Tom Kenyon, is bungling his way through the delivery of skills training to South Australians.

This is despite Premier Weatherill’s claim that “Skills is massive... the single most important thing.” (ABC Radio 13/04/12).

Desperate training providers have been rejected by Minister Kenyon’s department from receiving ‘Skills for All’ funding, despite their national accreditation.

Without this funding, successful local training providers are losing students and are being forced to sack staff.

“The Weatherill Labor Government is spending nearly a million dollars on advertising this new initiative while training providers are losing millions of dollars in funding,” Shadow Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education David Pisoni said.

“Minister Kenyon’s department has refused to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants and is preventing them from reapplying for ‘Skills for All’ funding for at least three months.

“Minister Kenyon told Parliament just two weeks ago that providers that had submitted applications by 27 April would be guaranteed funding by the 1 July ‘Skills for All’ starting date.

“Local nationally accredited training providers have now lost their market share due to the incompetence of Minister Kenyon.

“I have been contacted by a number of nationally accredited training providers telling me that this has already cost jobs and is putting businesses at risk.

“Training prospects for South Australians have never been so uncertain.

“A Liberal Government understands how business works and would simply not tolerate such incompetence by Ministers or Bureaucrats.”



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