State to step up training in 2008

TASMANIAN training organisations will deliver more than 70 programmes in 2008 through a skills investment initiative worth more than $3.3 million. Education Minister David Bartlett announced yesterday that $800,00 would be directed to the maritime industry programme through the Tasmanian Skills Investment Programme, and a further $431,000 would be allocated to the $12.6 millions Skills for Growth Budget initiative. “For Tasmania to continue to prosper, it’s crucial that we provide the most up-to-date training for all Tasmanians,” Mr Bartlett said. “Skills Tasmania has already broadly consulted with Tasmanian training organisations, and we are working hard to ensure both employers and individuals are getting the best possible results from the training system.” Under the programme, 16 training organisations have been selected to deliver nationally recognised vocational education and training courses worth more than $2.3 millions. Mr Bartlett said that a further five equity programmes through the Skills Equip initiative had been advertised and offers of contracts worth nearly $1 million had been made to successful Registered Training Organisations. Once contacts are finalised they will be published on the Skills Tasmania website at

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