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New England to benefit from expanded New Apprenticeships Centres.

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Sandy Macdonald National Party Senator for NSW 28 April 2003

New England to benefit from expanded New Apprenticeships Centres

Access to the Coalition Government’s New Apprenticeships Support Services will be significantly increased for New England businesses, NSW Senator Sandy Macdonald said today.

“The New Apprenticeships Centres are now located in more than 330 rural sites across the country, compared to the 200 centres which previously provided access to the service,” Senator Macdonald said.

• The NSW Department of Education and Training will be providing a fully serviced New Apprenticeships Centre in Tamworth with an information site in Armidale.

• The ABEN New Apprenticeships Centre will provide part-time services in Tamworth and Armidale.

• Central West Community College will provide information services to Barraba, Bingara, Guyra, Inverell, and part-time and information sites in Tamworth and Walcha.

“These tender results underline the Government’s continuing commitment to supporting both people interested in New Apprenticeships and employers in country areas where more than a third of New Apprentices are employed,” Senator Macdonald said.

“New Apprenticeships Centres offer information and services to employers and people interested in becoming a New Apprentice in more than 500 different occupations,” he said.

“The centres are also required to provide support to employers during the apprenticeship, and to encourage the successful completion of an apprenticeship.”

“I am confident the New Apprenticeships Centres will significantly benefit New England business and job-seekers,” Senator Macdonald said.

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