Tradie scheme a fi­asco

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Letters -

Such in­ci­dents are mer­ci­fully rare, but oc­ca­sion­ally tradies will let down their cus­tomers. Jobs run over bud­get, or may not be up to stan­dard, or may not be com­pleted.

So it may be ap­pro­pri­ate that the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment’s Aus­tralian Ap­pren­tice­ships Man­age­ment Sys­tem, meant to track tradies to ad­dress a skills short­age, is now sus­pended af­ter run­ning $15 mil­lion over bud­get, fac­ing 11 re­views and never ac­tu­ally work­ing in the first place.

The tradie track­ing scheme ap­pears to be worse than the most in­com­pe­tent tradie. Lit­tle sur­prise, then, that two se­nior bu­reau­crats linked to the scheme have quit their six-fig­ure pub­lic ser­vice jobs.

La­bor skills spokesman Doug Cameron slammed the scheme’s col­lapse and over­all $24 mil­lion waste of pub­lic money as “an­other ma­jor blow to the ap­pren­tice­ship sys­tem in this coun­try”.

“The gov­ern­ment has failed to reach agree­ments with the states on its Skilling Aus­tralians Fund and they have been in­ca­pable of de­liv­er­ing on a mod­est IT project,” Cameron said.

Not that La­bor can crow. Does any­body re­mem­ber Kevin Rudd’s Gro­cery Choice and Fuel Choice de­ba­cles?

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