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Winners announced for 2005 Minister's Awards for Excellence for Employers of New Apprentices.



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WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2005 MINISTER’S AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE FOR EMPLOYERS OF NEW APPRENTICES

1 August, 2005

Minister for Vocational and Technical Education, the Hon Gary Hardgrave MP, has tonight honoured 22 Australian employers as winners of the 2005 Minister’s Awards for Excellence for Employers of New Apprentices.

“These annual Awards celebrate the crucial role Australian employers play in supporting training and career development in their local communities through New Apprenticeships,” Mr Hardgrave said.

Announced at a Ceremony on the Gold Coast, winners received a cash prize of $5,000 from the Australian Government, and a specially designed trophy commemorating their achievements.

“I congratulate the winning employers and pay tribute to their commitment to strengthening their local economies through employing New Apprentices.”

This year the Awards attracted more than 450 applications. The 22 winning employers represented diverse industries, ranging from motor vehicle sales & repairs to Indigenous aged care.

"Employer support for New Apprenticeships has more than doubled over the past 10 years. In December 2004 there were 382,400 New Apprentices in training, compared with around 144,000 in the mid 1990s,” Mr Hardgrave said.

“New Apprenticeships provide employers with workers trained specifically for their business, and offer the New Apprentices flexible, competency-based training in almost 500 occupations in almost any industry,” Mr Hardgrave said.

“I am also pleased to announce the winner of the ‘Minister’s Award for Excellence in New Apprenticeships Centre (NAC) Administration’. Vanessa Rowlings has demonstrated excellence in providing assistance to employers with information on sign-up and support throughout the New Apprenticeship.

“The Government has committed a record $10.1 billion over the next four years for vocational and technical education. In 2005-06 a record $2.5 billion is being provided, including an additional injection of over $280.6 million for a suite of new initiatives

designed to address skills needs, particularly those in the traditional trades. The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that a qualification in a trade is as valued as any gained at university. Awards such as these reward the contribution of employers in highlighting the value of New Apprenticeships.”

More information about the 2005 Minister’s Awards for Excellence for Employers of New Apprentices and the New Apprenticeships programme is at http://www.newapprenticeships.gov.au./ Please see Award winners list attached.

Media Contacts: Mr Hardgrave’s Office: Media Adviser - Suzanne Ferguson 0402 896 100 Award Winner Interviews: Cox Inall Communications - Sally Fraser 02 8204 3889 or 0418 690 698 and Jane O’Sullivan 02 8204 3854 or 0404 136 426

LIST OF WINNERS

Organisation Region and Location

NSW Express Coach Builders Pty Ltd Hunter and North Coast, Macksville

Southern NSW Timber & Hardware Illawarra & South East NSW, Pambula

ITI Sawmills Pty Ltd Riverina, Holbrook

Kimbriki Recycling & Waste Disposal Centre Sydney, Terrey Hills Customs Cupboards Pty Ltd Western NSW, West Tamworth

ACT Janrule Pty Ltd Australian Capital Territory, Belconnen

VIC Daly's IGA & Liquor Geelong Portland, Koroit

Australian Paper Pty Ltd Gippsland, Maryvale

Supreme Caravans Melbourne, Campbellfield

SPC Ardmona Victorian Central Highlands, Shepparton

QLD Boss Homes Brisbane, Robina

Auto Corner Central QLD, Mackay

Alexander Body Works Pty Ltd Northern QLD, Garbutt

Toowoomba City Council South QLD, Toowoomba

SA

Booth Transport Adelaide, Lonsdale

Umoona Aged Care Aboriginal Corporation South Australian Country, Coober Pedy

WA

Kimbadell Pastoral Co. Central & South Eastern WA, Esperance

Argyle Diamond Mines Northern WA, West Perth

Alcoa of Australia Limited Perth, West Perth

B&J Catalano Pty Ltd Southern WA, Brunswick

TAS Collex Pty Ltd Tasmania, Mornington

NT

Hastings Deering (Australia) Northern Territory, Berrimah

Media Contacts: Mr Hardgrave’s Office: Media Adviser - Suzanne Ferguson 0402 896 100 Award Winner Interviews: Cox Inall Communications - Sally Fraser 02 8204 3889 or 0418 690 698 and Jane O’Sullivan 02 8204 3854 or 0404 136 426