In the face of a growing youth unemployment crisis, Tony Abbott must reverse his decision to abandon 25 ACT schools with his $950 million cut to Trade Training Centres.
Despite facing a ballooning youth unemployment rate of 14.5 per cent – its highest level since 2001 – Tony Abbott has cut $950 million from the Trade Training Centres in schools program, locking 25 Canberran schools out of ever having a Trade Training Centre.
Shadow Assistant Minister for Education Amanda Rishworth said the decision to cut Trade Training Centres while youth unemployment continues to rise demonstrates Tony Abbott is tone-deaf to the issues facing our young people.
“Young Australians are already suffering from a growing youth unemployment crisis.
“Why then is Tony Abbott punishing them by cutting programs like Trade Training Centres which help upskill our young people for the jobs of the future?
“Tony Abbott has betrayed the students of the ACT who are interested in gaining valuable technical skills and experience while at school, but will now miss out on this important opportunity.”
Australia’s youth unemployment rate has jumped to 14.5 per cent under Tony Abbott - up half a per cent from last month alone.
“By denying the students of Canberra access to Trade Training Centres the Abbott Government will just make youth unemployment worse, and deprive our young people of a fair shot at getting a job.”
The decision to cancel all future Trade Training Centres comes at the same time as the Abbott Government is pressing ahead with extraordinary and punitive attacks on young people which will make it harder for the next generation to grow their skills, get work and build Australia’s future.
The Budget also cut all three federal youth unemployment prevention programs – Youth Connections, Partnership Brokers and National Career Advice, together with the National Job Guide. Programs which help young Australians finish year 12, get work experience and understand their options for the future.
“Tony Abbott just doesn’t get it; if it doesn’t involve breaking promises, or cutting programs then he just doesn’t want to know about it.”
List of schools eligible to apply for a Trade Training Centre but will now never get an opportunity to under Tony Abbott’s cuts (Source: Department of Education, Senate Estimates ED0453_14)
Alfred Deakin High
Canberra College Weston
Canberra College Woden
Telopea Park School
The Woden School
Canberra Girls' Grammar School
Canberra Grammar School
St Edmund's College
The Galilee School
Black Mountain School
Gold Creek School
Melba Copland Secondary School Melba Campus
Blue Gum Community School
Brindabella Christian College
Burgmann Anglican School