BOOMING SUCCESS: CTC manager Darryl Lapworth, pictured with carpentry apprentice Ben Elliott, says more than $1.6 million worth of jobs have been pledged in one week.
BOOMING SUCCESS: CTC manager Darryl Lapworth, pictured with carpentry apprentice Ben Elliott, says more than $1.6 million worth of jobs have been pledged in one week. Allan Reinikka Rokactc

CTC celebrates $1.6m in jobs in Capricornia region

THE Capricornia Training Ccompany's 'CTC Million Dollar Pledge' has been so successful the employment facilitator has had to advertise a new position themselves.

Aiming to generate jobs for young people and boost the Central Queensland economy, CTC created the pledge initiative, which sees local businesses commit to hiring a trainee or apprentice before February.

Those businesses that do sign up will be eligible for financial incentives.

CTC manager Darryl Lapworth said the million dollar target was "very ambitious" when it was set.

But in its first week, $1.61 million worth of jobs have been pledged.

"We didn't think we'd get to the million dollars to be honest," he said.

On top of that, Mr Lapworth said eight positions have been filled.

Mr Lapworth said the company had worked hard to prepare for the initiative and had been working long hours throughout the week to reach the target.

He said many businesses weren't usually keen to hire first-year apprentices, looking instead for candidates who already had some experience.

"There's a bit of hesitation about putting people on straight out of school with no experience," Mr Lapworth said.

But he said the challenge had garnered new results with many businesses.

"To the credit of the companies that have supported us, they're putting on first years mainly," Mr Lapworth said.

"They're trying to give young people a go."

The initiative has also been positive for CTC, with plenty of business generated through the pledge.

Mr Lapworth said the company was now recruiting for a new role, created purely from the business generated from the pledge initiative.

"It's blown us away," he said.

"We think it will be well over 40 jobs by the time we finish next week."

If you are a local business and want to take the pledge, contact CTC on 1300 999 282.



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