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New Apprenticeships Boom in Fisher K180 2 August 2001

"Employers in the federal electorate of Fisher are to be commended for their training support which has already resulted in a significant increase in the number of young people doing New Apprenticeships in the region," the Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Dr David Kemp said today.

Speaking at the Queensland Apprenticeships Services New Apprenticeships Centre in Maroochydore, Dr Kemp said that the number of New Apprentices in training in the electorate of Fisher had more than doubled over the past five years, up from around 1,070 at 31 December 1995 to around 2,130 by 31 March 2001.

"Young people, in particular, have benefited greatly through New Apprenticeships. The number of New Apprentices aged 19 years or less has nearly trebled in Fisher over the past five years, up from only 390 five years ago to around 1,090 by March this year," Dr Kemp said.

"New Apprenticeships, which combine practical work with structured training, offer participants nationally recognised qualifications and experience. They are now available in more than 500 occupations in an ever-increasing range of industries and occupations.

"This trend is reflected here in Fisher where the number of New Apprentices undertaking non-traditional trade qualifications has increased by over 900 per cent," said Dr Kemp.

Dr Kemp also noted that the increased opportunities offered by New Apprenticeships have proved to be a popular career choice for women. "In Fisher, the number of female New Apprentices has increased by 360 per cent over the past five years.

"At a time when communities, such as Maroochydore, are looking to a future in a highly competitive environment, I encourage local employers to take on home-grown talent through New Apprenticeships," said Dr Kemp.

The Federal Government supports New Apprenticeships with financial incentives of up

to $4,400 for New Apprenticeships employers, with an additional $1,100 incentive for employers in areas where there is an identified skill shortage in rural and regional Australia. Employers can obtain additional information on New Apprenticeships from their local New Apprenticeships Centre.

There are over 300 New Apprenticeships Centres operating across Australia, underlining the Government’s commitment to providing the right support for employers and their New Apprentices.

"I urge all employers in Fisher to look into the benefits of New Apprenticeships."

New Apprenticeship Centres contact details are available from the New Apprenticeships website at or by calling 1800 639 629.


Media contact: Catherine Job 02 6277 7460 or 0408 648 400



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