- Labor working with key stakeholders to create jobs
- The first IAC meets in Northern Tasmania today
- More needs to be done to match skills with shortages
Labor is forging ahead with its commitment to work with stakeholders across the state’s key economic sectors to create more full time jobs in Tasmania.
The Labor Party today held the first meeting of its newly established Industry Advisory Councils with Daniel Leesong from the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania chairing the Tourism, Hospitality, Festivals, Heritage and the Arts IAC at Perth this afternoon.
“We know that to create jobs, we need to have real conversations with the people who know our industries best,” Labor Leader Rebecca White said.
“That’s why we have established eight Industry Advisory Councils to develop strong, enduring policy for our state.”
The meeting coincided with a tour of a local whiskey distillery, which is eager to attract more tourists and employ more Tasmanians.
“The owners of Adams Distillery at Perth expressed concerns over a lack of skilled workers available in Tasmania for its business,” Ms White said.
“This whiskey distillery has been so successful, the owners will soon need to employ another distiller but unfortunately they will need to look interstate and overseas as Tasmania lacks appropriate training courses for their industry.
“This is a common theme expressed by many businesses we are visiting around Tasmania and more needs to be done to match these skills shortages with the education and training being offered to Tasmanians.
“Our IACs will focus on the longer term challenges and opportunities facing Tasmania’s economy and our people, including education and training.”