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Perth businesses encouraged to hire apprentices.



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Senator the Hon Mark Arbib 

Minister for Employment Participation 

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Government Service Delivery 

Sharryn Jackson MP 

Member for Hasluck 

8 June, 2010  

Joint Media Release

Perth businesses encouraged to hire apprentices

Minister for Employment Participation Mark Arbib and Member for Hasluck Sharryn Jackson today urged local businesses to take advantage of the extension to the Apprentice Kickstart program, announced in month’s Federal Budget.

Senator Arbib and Ms Jackson this morning visited Midway Ford at Midland, which hired two apprentices under Kickstart, which more than triples the commencement bonus for young apprentices from $1,500 to $4,850.

Senator Arbib said the Rudd Government introduced the second stage of its highly successful Apprentice Kickstart campaign, with almost $80 million in the Budget to employ 22,500 more teenage apprentices.

“Apprentice Kickstart made a down payment on skills and this $80 million Budget extension will further grow the skills we need to build the capacity of the economy,” Senator Arbib said.

“Not only will this measure help Perth and Western Australian small businesses take on an apprentice, but it will also make it easier for young people to get a start in the trades.

“The initial Kickstart initiative exceeded expectations, with about 24,400 young people given an apprenticeship in the traditional trades over summer.

“Western Australian employers put on 2,725 15 to 19 year old traditional trades apprentices - an outstanding result. This is a 27 per cent increase on the same period last year, and an increase of 3.5 per cent on pre-global recession numbers.”

Ms Jackson said Kickstart is part of the Government’s $660 million Skills for Recovery package, which invests in training, apprenticeships and adult literacy and numeracy to ensure Western Australia has the skills it needs to support a growing economy.

“Congratulations to Midway Ford, and to all of our other local businesses who have given a young person a go, and congratulations to the local young people who are on their way to a great set of skills and careers,” Ms Jackson said.

“Minister Arbib and I were pleased to meet two apprentices, Dylan Frawley and Kody Poole, who got their start at Midway Ford with the support of Apprentice Kickstart.

“During the first phase of Kickstart Hasluck businesses employed 279 apprentices, and I want to ensure local businesses get their fair share of the new $80 million in funding.

“I am very pleased the Government listened to the business community and continued this program, which will not only help small businesses in our area to take on apprentices, but will also make it easier for young people to get a start in the trades.

“Apprentice Kickstart makes a down payment on skills and the extension to the program will further grow the skills we need to build the capacity of the economy.“

For more information about Apprenticeship opportunities employers and jobseekers can visit www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au

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