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Apprenticeship Kickstart - Teenagers starting an apprenticeship in the Sutherland Shire up almost 60 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 Sutherland over summer increase by almost 60 per cent Parliamentary Secretary for Employment Jason Clare announced today.

“The latest figures are in – 275 young local apprentices got a start between December 2009 and February 2010,” Mr Clare said.

“That is almost 60 per cent more young apprentices than were recruited last summer.”

Figures for teenagers starting an apprenticeship in Sutherland:

Dec ’07 – Feb ‘08

Dec ’08 – Feb ‘09

Kickstart Apprentices

240

173

275

“We know that the number of people starting apprenticeships in the traditional trades plummeted by around 20 per cent nationally in 2009. Here in the Sutherland Shire the drop was even bigger – almost 30 per cent,” 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 in the Sutherland Shire is now higher than it was before the global recession.”

Mr Clare made the announcement today with Mr Thomas while meeting with local builder Ryan Schofield who hired Daniel Cassidy as an apprentice thanks to the Kickstart initiative.

Candidate for Hughes Brent Thomas thanked the community for their efforts.

“Thanks to the efforts of local employers like Ryan, this program has given a lot of young people a chance,” Mr Thomas said.

“This is fantastic news – not just for the apprentices who now have a job and a career path but for the entire Sutherland Shire.”