Labor Keen To Hear From Apprentices, Parents And Employers

As part of National Skills Week, Sharon Bird today launched Labor’s apprenticeship survey which give the community an opportunity to provide direct feedback on the way government can help apprentices obtain and complete an apprenticeship, and put forward ideas on what employers feel are the barriers to taking on an apprentice.Apprentice-Survey.jpg

Data released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research yesterday shows that as of March 2014 there are 386,800 apprentices and trainees who had commenced training. This is a decrease of 12.4 per cent from March 2013.

“With these new figures, which indicate a significant drop in apprentice numbers, Labor is keen to hear directly from current and prospective apprentices, their employers and their families about the challenges they face in commencing and completing an apprenticeship,” Sharon Bird said.   

“The Abbott Government ripped $2 billion from skills in their unfair Budget – they slashed programs that provided apprenticeship opportunities and support.  This included the Tools for Your Trade Program, the Australian Apprenticeship Mentoring Program, the Australian Apprenticeship Access Program and the Apprentice to Business Owner Program.

“Labor would also like to hear ideas from the community about the things that government can do to help young people to get an apprenticeship, and also the ways that we can help to make it easier for employers to take on apprentices.”

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