Peter Boodle to mentor new apprentice in 2016
ROCKHAMPTON'S Peter Boodle has mentored more than 40 apprentices in the 25 years he's owned his own business.
He's always been committed to helping young people break into the workforce and has always tried to put on a new apprentice every year.
And 2016 is going to be no different with Peter, owner of Peter Boodle's Quality Meats, being one of the 18 local business owners who've pledged to put on an apprentice next year as part of CTC's Million Dollar Job Pledge.
Peter said he was 15 years old when he started his apprenticeship in 1974.
"Ever since I started back then I haven't had a break, it's been my whole life," he said.
"It's a really good trade and I have a big passion for it. It's challenging every day and very rewarding as a business owner.
"I think what CTC is doing is a great incentive because it's really important to get young people into employment."
Peter said he had always tried to keep a cycle of apprentices going through his business.
"Every year after Christmas we try to put on one apprentice so when one is coming out of their time another one can start," he said.
"I'm not sure of the exact figure of how many apprentices I've had in the last 25 years but it would be in the 40s. It's a great feeling seeing apprentices I've had go on to start up their own businesses so it's very rewarding."
CTC confirmed they have received 18 job pledges which equates to $615,000.
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