Federal Labor understands the importance of manufacturing to the Australian economy and is taking action to strengthen the manufacturing sector by up-skilling workers and helping businesses transition from low tech to high tech manufacturing, an area where we are globally competitive.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd today announced Manufacturing Skills Plus, a $35 million initiative to provide 6,800 new training places to up-skill workers and help them make the transition to higher paying high tech manufacturing jobs.
We understand the importance of manufacturing to Australian jobs, but we will not participate in a race to the bottom on wages and conditions - that’s never been the Labor way.
Building on the Step into Skills program, the Prime Minister’s announcement of Manufacturing Skills Plus is the next stage in Labor’s positive plan to support Australian jobs beyond the mining investment boom.
The Manufacturing Skills Plus initiative aims to stimulate the manufacturing sector by:
- Investing $35 million in skills training over the next two years to help businesses transition from low tech to high tech manufacturing.
- Creating 6,800 training places for manufacturing workers to develop new skills.
- Providing a greater level of support for small businesses with less than 100 employees, to help them develop and expand into new competitive manufacturing areas.
We need the best trained workers to ensure our manufacturing sectors like foods, plastics and chemicals, automotive manufacturing, and medical services are globally competitive. These are the areas where Australia can achieve excellence on the international stage.