Future Brumby Labor will establish a Jobs Building Guarantee for an extra 4000 apprentices

Future Brumby Labor will establish a Jobs Building Guarantee for an extra 4000 apprentices

Posted on 16. Nov, 2010 in Election Media Release, Victoria

An extra 4000 apprentices will complete their training and move into the workforce as part of a future Brumby Labor Government’s $23.8 million investment to secure the future of Victoria’s trade-based industries.

Premier John Brumby today announced Labor will establish a Jobs Building Guarantee with business and unions to set targets to employ more apprentices.

“We want to keep the jobs coming to Victoria, and more apprentices in training and on building sites will help protect our strong economy,” Mr Brumby said.

“I want to support a generation of Victorians who can build our State and in partnership with business and unions will forge a Jobs Building Guarantee.

“Labor will be the first to sign the Guarantee and commit to boosting the number of apprentices working on major government building and construction projects.

“Our first industry target will seek to have apprentices make up 10 per cent of total employees in the building and construction sector.

“By setting and achieving our targets to employ more apprentices, an extra 4000 apprentices will complete their training over the next four years.

“We’ll also freeze apprenticeship tuition fees through 2011 and allow all apprentices commencing in the next two years to have access to subsidised training – regardless of their prior qualifications.

“Around 1.6 million Victorians don’t have a post-high school qualification. That’s why Labor will invest in apprentices to support tradies through training and into jobs.

“Apprenticeships give young Victorian men and women world class skills they will use for life.”

A future Brumby Labor Government will invest:

  • $7.3 million to expand the Apprenticeship Field Officers program to support more apprentices or trainees;
  • $7.3 million to expand the Apprentice Connect program across Victoria, which matches students who have completed pre-apprenticeship training with suitable employers;
  • $2.8 million to increase Competency Based Completions, which allow apprentices to fast track their training and start work more quickly;
  • $500,000 to establish Apprenticeship Doorway, a dedicated website for Victorian apprentices for information, advice and dispute resolution; and
  • $6 million to provide grants of up to $10,000 to recently qualified tradies who start a small business in regional Victoria.

 

Mr Brumby said the $10,000 grants for regional tradies who start a small business in regional Victoria would provide skilled workers with a financial kick-start.

“Victoria’s economy is strong, but the global economic recovery is fragile,” he said.

“That’s why we’re determined to give young Victorians new opportunities to kick-start their own businesses.

“Starting a small business involves a lot of planning and risk, and the $10,000 grants will give tradies a financial head start and access to a mentor to provide advice and guidance.

“The program will provide grants of up to $10,000 to at least 600 recipients to kick-start their small business.

“The money could be used for start-up costs, buying tools and equipment, advertising or even further study.”

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