Australians will be offered “intensive support” to retrain for the economic recovery and young people will be told to sign up for job training if they cannot find employment.
The workforce plan will be central to a federal budget that commits billions of dollars to vocational education to offer help to more than 750,000 people without work.
With employers warning of chronic skills shortages as the economy rebounds from recession, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has signed off on measures including support for apprentices and spending on “foundational skills” such as literacy and numeracy.
The government has asked officials to look at ways to communicate with every young person on income support to tell them of education programs in their area, raising the prospect of targeting people to check if they sign up for new skills.
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