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Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government would help train 1,500 more workers for the country’s defense industry as part of a $108.5 million campaign pledge.

Mr Morrison, who will be in Perth on Friday, will announce the expansion of the Defense Industry Pathways programme, which will upskill additional teenagers graduating or leaving school in 14 regions across the country.

Students will receive a nationally accredited Certificate III – Defense Industry Pathway, and be trained with hands-on experience in the trades, as well as skills in engineering, project management and logistics, and cybersecurity.

Mr Morrison said his government’s $270 billion investment in Australia’s defense capabilities over this decade included a “strong pipeline of workers” in local industry.

“Our investment in building the capacity of the Australian Defense Force aims to keep our country strong and secure and to support local skills and jobs,” he said.

“The skills and knowledge this program will provide graduates with will prepare them for a career in defense equipment manufacturing technology and prepare them for life.”

Defense Industry Minister Melissa Price said more than 50 companies have signed up to mentor the 120 trainees taking part in the pilot project at Henderson in Western Australia.

“We must meet the growing workforce needs of our defense industry by training new workers and new generations,” she said.

“By training an additional 1,500 workers with work experience, we know these graduates will be ready to enter the workplace.”

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese will campaign in Sydney, with Labor launching a fresh attack on the government’s handling of the economy.

Advertising will target weak wage growth and soaring cost of living.

“Scott Morrison doesn’t hold a pipe, but he should have held a calculator,” the TV ad reads.

“The millions of taxpayer dollars that he wasted on sports and parking lots have really piled up.

“He doubled our debt even before COVID and letting extremely profitable companies keep JobKeeper payments is one of the reasons our debt is now tripled.

“He says he’s good with money, but it really doesn’t fit.”

Australian Associated Press

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