Sam Collins, 17, talks to Senator Mark Arbib and Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore. Sam is in his first year of a four-year mechanic apprenticeship with DC Motors.
Sam Collins, 17, talks to Senator Mark Arbib and Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore. Sam is in his first year of a four-year mechanic apprenticeship with DC Motors.

Urge to hire apprentices

MINISTER for Employment Participation Mark Arbib yesterday urged Rockhampton businesses to take advantage of the Federal Government’s extra incentive to hire an apprentice.

“We know that in Rockhampton there is a shortage of apprentices,” Senator Arbib said.

“With the large number of major projects on the drawing board for Central Queensland it is important we continue training our young people now for the jobs of the future.”

He said government analysis indicated about 20% of the anticipated 70,000 jobs expected to be created by future LNG and mining projects would be in Queensland, with most of them in Central Queensland.

Senator Arbib said more than 1100 young trades apprentices had been employed in Queensland in the first six weeks of the Apprentice Kickstart program.

Under Kickstart, the Rudd Government has more than tripled the commencement bonus for employers in the first year, from $1500 to $4850.

Senator Arbib said the economic downturn particularly hurt apprenticeships, with commencements dropping by about 10,000 across Australia in the past year.

Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore said the bonus was available until February 28.

“I want to be sure Rockhampton gets its fair share of the funding and encourage any business which is thinking of a new apprentice to act now,” Ms Livermore said.

“We need to be ready for the economic boom.”

More information about Apprentice Kickstart is available at www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au.



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