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Apprentice Kickstart: teenagers starting an apprenticeship in Moorabool up by 45 per cent.

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The Hon Jason Clare MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Employment

Ms Catherine King MP

Member for Ballarat 6 May, 2010

Joint Media Release

Apprentice Kickstart - Teenagers starting an apprenticeship in Moorabool up by 45 per cent

The Rudd Government’s Apprentice Kickstart initiative has seen the number of teenagers starting an apprenticeship in Moorabool increase 45 per cent.

Parliamentary Secretary for Employment Jason Clare and Ballarat MP Catherine King announced the figures while meeting young apprentices in Bacchus Marsh today.

“The latest figures are in - 42 young local apprentices got a start between December 2009 and February 2010,” Mr Clare said.

“That is 45 per cent more young apprentices than were recruited last summer.”

Figures for teenagers starting an apprenticeship in Moorabool:

Dec ’07 - Feb ‘08   Dec ’08 - Feb ‘09   Kickstart Apprentices  

32 29 42

“The number of people starting apprenticeships in the traditional trades plummeted nationally in 2009,” Mr Clare said.

“That’s why we introduced Apprentice Kickstart, which more than tripled the first year bonus paid to employers who took on a traditional trade apprentice over the summer.

“It worked. It has meant young apprentices like Clare Ferguson have been able to get a start.”

Member for Ballarat Catherine King thanked the community for their efforts.

“Thanks to the efforts of local employers like Amber Hair Studio, this program has given a lot of young people a chance,” Ms King said.

“The number of teenagers who started an apprenticeship this summer in Moorabool is now even higher than it was before the global recession.

“This is fantastic news - not just for the apprentices who now have a job and a career path but for our entire community.”

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