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Some extra incentive for new construction apprentices



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THE HON DR SHARMAN STONE MP Federal Member for Murray

Tuesday 23 Oct 2012

Some extra incentive for new construction apprentices

An extra $3350 has been offered as an incentive for employers to take on young building industry apprentices, Dr Sharman Stone, Federal Member for Murray said.

“This increases the support for an apprentice in the traditional trades from $9,500 up to $12,850” Sharman Stone said.

”Called ‘Kickstart’ the incentive is only available for the brief school leaver period from the 1st of December until the 28th of February 2013.

“Since many in the construction industry are doing it tough, this extra payment may make it a little easier to take that on a young person as they step out of school. Older aged apprentices are also to receive a little much needed extra.

“There are up to 21,000 plumbers, electricians and carpenters to be recruited.

“Unfortunately, the just released new Labor budget did take away part-time and some other apprenticeship incentives.

“Changes in the first home buyer’s schemes and the general housing industry slow down have seen a number of the younger ‘last on’ in the building trades facing the bad news of ‘first off’. This is of great concern, given the cyclical nature of housing demand, and the shortage of skilled tradesmen and women.

“Australia continues to face a real shortage in low rental residential properties and low cost housing. Along with the incentive scheme for new apprentices, it would also be most valuable if the State and Federal Governments seriously considered tax incentives for the building of low cost or public housing.

“The fact that Australia has some of the least affordable housing in the world is not something to be proud of. Homelessness or insecure and inadequate housing is one of the major barriers to getting and keeping a job, to raising happy and healthy children, and to dealing with mental health issues.

“Let’s hope those who are taken into an apprenticeship at the end of this year have a long and productive working life in a great industry,” Sharman Stone said.

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