As the Tasmanian economy stalls due to low participation, education is key

Labor means safe, secure, well-paid jobs.

The Liberal Lambie minority government has finally acknowledged that the education system is failing our students and commissioned an independent review. Tasmania’s participation review is critical to getting to the bottom of the crisis.

Youth unemployment is high, labor force participation is low and there are huge skills shortages across the Tasmanian economy. The participation rate for men has declined by 2 percentage points since March 2014.

Tasmania’s labor force participation rate at 61% is the lowest in the country. If Tasmania’s participation rate were the national average, more than 11,000 jobs would be created, families would be $1,500 better off and the state’s economy would grow by $3.7 billion annually.

We need to provide better links between our education system and business, ensure young Tasmanians have clear pathways into the jobs and careers they want to pursue, and improve communication with students and parents about opportunities in Tasmania.

Raising labor force participation and ending the brain drain should be a major focus of education review.

Dean Winter MP

Labor leader

Shadow Minister for Jobs, Workplace Relations and Safety

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