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$145.6m package to secure jobs and apprenticeships.

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ROGER PRICE MP  Chief Government Whip  Federal Member for Chifley  20th February, 2009 



$145.6m package to Secure Jobs and Apprenticeships    Federal Member for Chifley, Roger Price has welcomed the announcement of Secure  Apprenticeships, a new $145.6 million package to help secure the jobs and training of apprentices  and trainees, announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and  Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard MP.    “The proportion of young people who are apprentices and trainees is much higher in Western  Sydney than in any other part of Sydney so Chifley is an area that has much to gain” Mr. Price said.    “Securing Apprenticeships will assist many of the 128,000* apprentices and trainees in NSW who  have or are in danger of being terminated from their employment”.    Securing Apprenticeships will give apprentices and trainees in NSW the opportunity to continue  training and remain connected to the workforce, while encouraging employers to retain them  through an additional completion payment. 

Employers and Group Training Organisations may be eligible to receive up to $2,800. This is made up of $1,800 for taking on an eligible out-of-trade apprentice or trainee ($150 per week wage subsidy paid at the twelve week point after recommencement) and an additional $1,000 payable on the successful completion of eligible apprentices or trainees.

These payments will be in addition to existing apprenticeship incentive payments. They will be backdated to 1 January 2009 and be available for two years until 31 December 2010.

“Through Securing Apprenticeships, the Rudd Government will ensure that Australia continues to build the national skills base while the economy braces itself for the effects of the global financial crisis”.

The program will be targeted at apprentices or trainees at the Certificate III and IV level in areas of skills shortage, as defined by the National Skills Needs List, and at selected Diploma and Advanced Diploma level qualifications.

“I hope local apprentices and trainees are able to benefit from this investment to help them withstand the impact of the global financial crisis” Mr. Price concluded.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ronald De La Cuadra 0417 416 144    *3.7% of employed persons as of 2007