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Media Release

“AUSTRALIAN APPRENTICESHIPS”

June 19, 2006

The Australian Minister for Vocational and Technical Education, the Hon Gary Hardgrave MP, today announced the name “Australian Apprenticeships” will replace the scheme formerly known as New Apprenticeships.

Mr Hardgrave said the name and colour scheme change and the adoption of the slogan - Your Life. Your Career. Your Future. - marks the beginning of major changes to Australian Apprenticeships in the

coming months.

The names Australian Apprenticeships and Australian Apprenticeships Centres will be formally adopted from July 1.

The changes are a precursor to a major advertising campaign to promote Australian Apprenticeships in the traditional trades as a prestigious, rewarding career path.

“A new look and name is the first step in a range of developments in the Australian Apprenticeships scheme,” Mr Hardgrave said.

“The Australian Government’s range of incentives and initiatives under the New Apprenticeships scheme will be moved seamlessly to Australian Apprenticeships.”

Mr Hardgrave said the new look and name will further reinforce that apprenticeships are a first-rate career option, and as professionally, financially and personally rewarding as a university pathway.

“Australian Apprenticeships recognise a truly national and sophisticated training pathway, which offers Australians opportunities to train, study and earn an income all at once with a choice of more than 500 careers,” he said.

“To complete an apprenticeship is a major achievement, and should be valued as much as a university qualification.”

Mr Hardgrave said the new look underpins nationwide reforms to training agreed to by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

These reforms include national licensing regime changes, competency-based apprenticeships, intermediate qualifications and regulated Certificate III and IV Australian School-Based Apprenticeships in every state.

“The COAG reforms support a genuinely national approach to apprenticeships, training and skills recognition to address skills needs that currently exist in some parts of the economy,” Mr Hardgrave said.

“I look forward to working with industry and the Australian State Governments to build an even stronger Australian Apprenticeships system.”

For more information on Australian Apprenticeships call 1800 639 629.

Minister Hardgrave’s Media Contact: Nikki Voss 0402 896 100

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