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Education and Skills

Education and Skills

Public education is a vital and vibrant part of a thriving democracy and knowledge economy.

To make sure our education system meets our needs into the future, students must be our first priority.

We need to encourage learning from birth, improve student literacy and numeracy rates and keep our students at school beyond Year 10.

The Department of Education's Strategic Plan 2012-15 focuses on giving Tasmanians a "Bright Beginning" in the early years, providing "Great Schools…Great Communities" during their school education and creating "Purposeful Pathways" to ensure they continue to lead fulfilled and successful lives as they embark on further education and skills training.

The opportunities and encouragement we give our children in their early years will shape the person they grow up to be. We want to ensure every Tasmanian child has the best possible start in life, and that is why have expanded our highly successful Launching into Learning (LiL) program into every primary school in the state. A longitudinal study measuring the effects of LiL has showed that students from all socio-economic backgrounds made significant gains in educational performance from regular participation in the program.

We also need to ensure we are doing the basics well in our education system. We will continue to invest in literacy and numeracy, which are the foundations on which every person builds as they move through the system and increase their skills.

It is also vital to skill Tasmanians for the future. We know that gaining skills and qualifications beyond Year 10 is crucial. They enhance individual employment prospects, enrich lives and assist Tasmania's productivity and our economy as a whole.

That is why in December 2011 the Tasmanian Government announced a review into the public providers of Vocational Education and Training in the state, to ensure there is a more sustainable structure for the delivery of public VET in Tasmania.

We also want our regional communities to be vibrant, connected places where people can access a range of services and educational opportunities. That is why we are creating education and job opportunities for young and old citizens alike with the construction of LINCs and Child and Family Centres around the state.

The Government is committed to building a stronger education system, not just for now but for future generations. We want to ensure we create a system that meets the needs of all Tasmanians and encourages them to continue to learn throughout their lives.