ETU Welcomes Shorten’s Pledge on Apprentices

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7 2016

The Electrical Trades Union has welcomed Labor’s commitment to implementing a 1:10 apprentice ratio on Government funded jobs to drive the economy.

The Electrical Trades Union has welcomed Labor’s commitment to implementing a 1:10 apprentice ratio on Government funded jobs to drive the economy.
 
National Secretary Allen Hicks said the initiative would not only create jobs for young people but would ensure that Australia had the necessary skills for the future.
 
“This will create less reliance on overseas workers and it will also restore an apprenticeship system which has been unjustly held back by Turnbull government,’’ Mr Hicks said.
 
The Abbott-Turnbull Government has hobbled skills and training, cutting $2.7 billion in funding, causing apprentice numbers to plummet to levels not seen since 2001.
 
Mr Hicks said the announcement of a portal to match employers to apprentices in each local area was also a welcome step forward.
 
“It’s vitally important to fund apprenticeships and it’s equally important to ensure the money is spent efficiently and gives the taxpayer good value by positioning Australia as a future leader in skills and training. That means connecting apprentices to employers in their area.
 
“The announcement there will be an Apprentice Advocate to monitor quality of training, retention rates and completion rates will be important to ensuring that government funding moves us forward as far as possible.
 
“We need apprentices to start their trade, stick with their trade and to get a headstart from honest employers who are willing to support them through their learning and development to become qualified trades people. That is the winning result for the employer, the apprentice and the economy.’’
 
Media contact: Lachlan Williams — 0447 682 027 — lachlan@etuaustralia.org.au


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