The Rudd Government’s Apprentice Kickstart initiative has seen the number of teenagers starting an apprenticeship in Rockingham triple over summer, Parliamentary Secretary for Employment Jason Clare announced today.
“The latest figures are in – 92 young local apprentices got a start between December and February,” Mr Clare said.
“That is triple the number of young apprentices recruited last summer.
“That’s a terrific result. In the summer of 2008, 52 young people started an apprenticeship. This almost halved in the summer of 2009 to 29.
“When I ran the Keep Australia Working forum in Kwinana last September, employers told me they needed more help to put apprentices on,” 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. The number of teenagers who started an apprenticeship this summer is now back to what is was for before the global recession.” Local MP Gary Gray congratulated everyone involved.
“Rockingham needs more apprentices. Thanks to the Rudd Government and the efforts of local employers this program has given a lot of young people a chance,” Mr Gray said.
“This is fantastic news – not just for the apprentices who now have a job and a career path but for the whole of Rockingham.”