Damning new data released by the National Productivity Commission shows that the number of Queensland students in VET training has dropped by 33,700 from 2015 to 2017 putting Queensland at odds with the rest of Australia.
It is disgraceful that fewer VET students are being trained while the state’s unemployment rate continues to be amongst the highest in the country.
Instead of investing in students Labor has been splurging millions on TAFE Queensland executive travel, hospitality expenses, golden handshakes and Commonwealth Games tickets.
Annastacia Palaszczuk also recently refused $245 million in desperately-needed vocational training funding from the Federal Government under a new national partnership. That $245 million of vocational training funds could have been used to help young Queenslanders make a start in their careers.
We need more students completing VET training to give our young people the best chance of getting a job.