11 April 2013
Employers and apprentices will benefit from new purpose built premises to house the operations of Apprenticeships Queensland.
Federal Minister for Skills, Sharon Bird, today joined Member for Blair, Shayne Neumann, to officially open the new centre.
Ms Bird said that the apprenticeships system is essential to delivering skilled labour into the economy and supports our future productivity.
“Australian Apprenticeships play a critical role in enhancing labour force participation and productivity at various levels,” Ms Bird said.
“Apprenticeships play a crucial role in skilling and training the Australian workforce. The new centre will help Apprenticeships Queensland to work with local businesses and employees to take on a new apprentice.”
Mr Neumann said the new purpose built premises located in West Ipswich will provide a modern base for Apprenticeships Queensland to continue its valuable work.
“Apprenticeships Queensland provides services such as advising businesses about the advantages and requirements involved with taking on an apprentice, managing recruitment and training and addressing any problems that may arise in the workplace,” he said.
Apprenticeships Queensland is a not-for-profit, community-based Group Training Organisation. They currently employ approximately 300 apprentices and trainees and work with over 400 active host employers.