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Apprenticeship numbers soar following Gilmore Challenge announcement

Since the 16 January announcement of the Gilmore Apprenticeship Challenge, 97 apprentices and trainees have since registered.

The initial challenge was to connect at least 52 local businesses and potential employees in new Australian Apprenticeships or Traineeships by the end of March.

These numbers are remarkable said the Federal Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis.

“The influx of registered apprentices and trainees in Gilmore clearly demonstrates the eagerness our next generation has in becoming qualified in a chosen trade,” she said.

“The Federal Government is investing $3.2 billion over four years from 2016-17 to support Australian Apprenticeship arrangements through incentives, support programs, loans and pilot programs.

The Challenge is targeted for school leavers and employers and representatives of the region’s Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers, to get together to promote jobs and opportunities.

“The aim is to give young people exciting employment opportunities that they may not have thought of earlier, and they will be playing an important role in driving economic growth and meeting the skills needs in our region.

“Over 84 per cent of Australian apprentices and over 90 per cent of trade apprentices are employed once they finish their training.

“With good prospects of an employment outcome I hope school leavers and employers embrace this campaign to raise apprentice numbers in Gilmore,” Ms Sudmalis said.

The Gilmore Apprenticeship Challenge finishes 31 March, 2017.

For more information or to be part of the Gilmore Apprenticeship Challenge, please contact the office of Ms Sudmalis on 4423 1782. Media Release

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