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Government's concern is to increase supply of apprentices



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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS THE HON. TONY STREET, M.R

GOVERNMENT'S CONCERN IS TO INCREASE SUPPLY OF APPRENTICES

"Reports that the Commonwealth Government intended to reduce its financial contribution

to apprentice training are totally unfounded", Mr Street said today.

"On the contrary, the Government is extremely concerned at the recent fall-off in the intake

of apprentices. Accordingly, in addition to maintaining the Commonwealth's commitment

in this field, I have been investigating ways of increasing the funds available for apprentice

training by involving other interested parties such as State Governments and employers

of tradesmen.

"The objective is to increase the supply of skilled tradesmen so vital for Australia's future

development." .

CANBERRA

11 August 1976

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