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Apprentice Kickstart - Teenagers starting an apprenticeship in Macarthur up 30 per cent

Ministers:

The Hon Jason Clare MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Employment

The Rudd Government’s Apprentice Kickstart initiative has seen the number of teenagers starting an apprenticeship in Macarthur increase by 30 per cent.

Parliamentary Secretary for Employment Jason Clare and Candidate for Macarthur Nick Bleasdale announced the figures while meeting Joshua Orehovec - a young apprentice carpenter in Mount Annan today.

“The latest figures are in – 244 young local apprentices got a start between December 2009 and February 2010,” Mr Clare said.

“That is 30 per cent more young apprentices than last summer.”

Figures for teenagers starting an apprenticeship in Macarthur:

Local Government Area

Apprentices in the Dec ’07 – Feb ‘08

Apprentices in the Dec ’08 – Feb ‘09

Kickstart Apprentices

Camden

86

81

100

Campbelltown

136

90

144

Total

222

171

244

“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 Joshua have been able to get a start.”

Candidate for Macarthur Nick Bleasdale spoke about his own experiences as an apprentice carpenter.

“The Rudd Government’s Apprentice Kickstart program is a great initiative. I know from experience the impact a recession can have on apprentice numbers,” Mr Bleasdale said. “I started an apprenticeship in the early 90’s. Half way through my apprenticeship my employer went out of business. I was left without a job and I found it very difficult to find another apprenticeship.

“The Apprentice Kickstart will give more young people a start.

“It is a wonderful result for Macarthur.”

Media contacts:

Sally Sitou 0411 259 339 (Mr Clare’s Office)