Posted on 05. Sep, 2014 in News

Denis Napthine’s TAFE and training cuts are fuelling a youth unemployment crisis across Victoria.

The Victorian Training Market Half Year Report shows that training enrolments among unemployed students and young people are dropping alarmingly.

The report revealed students aged 15 to 19 in Government subsidised training dropped by 27 per cent from 2012 to 2014.

Following the $1.2 billion Liberal TAFE cuts, young people are being left with fewer opportunities to get the skills training that they desperately need at a time of rising youth unemployment.

Quotes attributable to Mr Herbert:

“Training opportunities for our young people have declined rapidly over the last two years as a direct result of Denis Napthine’s cuts.”

“Denis Napthine’s refusal to acknowledge his youth unemployment crisis is a sign that under his government, things will only get worse.”

“Young people are facing a perfect storm of rising unemployment along with Denis Napthine’s funding cuts to TAFE and training.”

“It’s simple: If you have a youth unemployment crisis, don’t cut TAFE and don’t cut the very programs that help those at risk.”

Key Facts:

• The number of students aged 15 to 19 in government subsidised training dropped by 8 per cent from 2013 to the first half of 2014, and by 27 per cent from 2012 to 2014.
• Overall enrolments continued to decrease for the first half of 2014, with a five per cent drop from the same time in 2013.
• The report also showed enrolments in regional Victoria dropped by 12 per cent.
• Traineeship enrolments dropped by 25 per cent from 2013 to the first half of 2014.

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