Labor leader Bill Shorten has made a number of announcements this week aimed at helping young people into work or education.
What would this mean for young people?
If Bill decides to become an apprentice, he would be able to get the "tools for your trade" grant that was axed in the 2014 Abbott/Hockey Budget.
Australian apprentices earn between 55 and 90% of a standard wage while they are training, meaning a first year construction apprentice might take home base pay of as little as $420 a week. That's well below minimum wage of $656.90.
Bill Shorten says it would be "nice" to pay apprentices more money, but he can't because the "Liberals have made such a dreadful hash of this economy in the last three years that the money isn’t simply there".
But a report from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research suggests the drop off in apprenticeship completion numbers started under the Labor government, not the Coalition.
So Bill decides he wants to keep studying, but doesn't have the grades to get into a university degree. So he needs to do a bridging course.
This comes on top of Labor's announcement earlier in the week that young people who have been unemployed for six months or more will be given the option to sign up to a free 20-week TAFE course that Labor hopes will ease their transition into apprenticeships.
Labor has also set a target for Commonwealth funded projects to hire more apprentices.
One in 10 jobs on federally funded infrastructure projects would be filled by Australian apprentices under a Labor government, with the aim to create 2600 new apprenticeship places for young people.
Unfortunately for Bill, TAFEs worry they won't be able to run these courses unless they get an increase to their annual funding.
"We need to ensure that TAFE is guaranteed at least 70% of vocational education training funding so it can remain at the centre of our vocational education system," Australian Education Union federal TAFE secretary Pat Forward said.
Currently more than $1.5 billion of government vocational education funding goes to private colleges. Forward wants both Labor and Liberal to redirect that funding to TAFES.
Bill Shorten wouldn't commit to a dollar amount of funding for TAFE under a Labor government, but said on Thursday, "there is no doubt in my mind that a government I lead will spend the vast bulk of our vocational education spending backing TAFE".
Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.
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