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Media Release: Palaszczuk Govt Invests in More Apprentices for Queensland

The Queensland Government recently released a media statement on Friday 18th January saying the Palaszczuk Government is committed to growing the number of apprentices across the state, to ensure Queensland has the skilled workers it needs for the future which is great news for apprentices and businesses alike throughout the state. Read the full statement below:


Acting Minister for Employment and Small Business, and Minister for Training and Skills Development

The Honourable Mark Ryan

The Palaszczuk Government is committed to growing the number of apprentices across the state to ensure Queensland has the skilled workers it needs for the future.

Acting Minister for Training and Skills Development, Mark Ryan said four organisations will share in $495,000 to promote the exciting opportunities an apprenticeship can provide.

“Apprenticeships and traineeships set people up for lifelong careers and are vital for growing the Queensland workforce,” Mr Ryan said.

“All four organisations will match the investment, resulting in almost $1 million towards promoting apprenticeship programs across their industries throughout Queensland.

The successful recipients are the National Electrical Contractors Association, HGT Australia Ltd (Novaskill), Smart Employment Solutions and the National Retail Association.

Director of Training at the National Retail Association, Ms Yvonne Williams, was thrilled at hearing the good news.

“This money, matched with our own, will enable us to create an awareness among Queensland retailers of the available funding subsidies for traineeships and accredited training.

“We will assist retail employers to engage with the traineeship model at state-wide workshops, as well as providing a one-point contact for traineeship opportunities,” she said.

The Minister said retail is the second largest employing industry in Queensland, with a workforce of more than 245,000 people.

The National Retail Association will be delivering workshops across the state throughout the year,” Mr Ryan said.

“The National Electrical Contractors Association will capitalise on the growth in electrical trades, including the emerging industry subsectors like electro technology.”

“HGT Australia Ltd (Novaskill) will be promoting apprenticeships across a variety of industries through a wide-ranging multimedia marketing campaign, aimed at motivating apprenticeship sign-ups through various multimedia and social media platforms.

“While Smart Employment Solutions will focus on carpentry, electrical and engineering pathways.

“These combined activities will see a promotional campaign over the next 12 months to encourage awareness and the benefits of apprenticeships, not only to students and job seekers, but to employers as well,” Minister Fentiman said.

Minister Fentiman said the AAF is providing up to $1 million in 2018–19 to support activities and campaigns to increase the number of businesses taking on apprentices in Queensland.

“This is one way the Palaszczuk Government is growing the economy and encouraging more people into apprenticeships,” Mr Ryan said.

The Minister said that industry groups, peak bodies and businesses are being encouraged to apply, and it is through these opportunities that industry and the Queensland Government can further promote the value of apprenticeships to Queenslanders as a rewarding career choice.

Advancing Apprentices Fund allocated round one funding in 2018 to the three industry groups – Restaurant and Catering ($236,000), Hardware Australia ($40,540) and the Apprentice Employer Network ($50,000).

Advancing Apprentices Fund – 2nd round successful recipients are:

Smart Employment Solutions $68,500 (plus industry $68,500 = $137,000)
National Retail Association $118,000 (plus industry $120,000 = $238,000)
National Electrical Contractors Association $277,500 (plus industry $277,500 = $555,000)
HGT Australia Ltd (Novaskill) $31,000 (plus industry $31,000 = $62,000)

For further information on the AAF visit or call 1300 369 935


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