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Skills goal to help reduce Ipswich unemployment

UNDER THE HOOD: Apprecticeships Queensland apprentices Nathan Jones and Sean Sperinck show MPs Saxon Rice and Ian Berry their skills.
UNDER THE HOOD: Apprecticeships Queensland apprentices Nathan Jones and Sean Sperinck show MPs Saxon Rice and Ian Berry their skills. Rob Williams

IPSWICH apprentices are taking advantage of group training opportunities as the State Government strives to deliver an election promise of creating 10,000 apprenticeship positions.

Ipswich MP Ian Berry and Further Education assistant minister Saxon Rice visited apprentices at Ross Llewellyn Motors yesterday.

The State Government plans to invest $86 million into creating 10,000 apprenticeships and traineeships over the next six years. Ms Rice said the plan is part of the government's goal to reduce unemployment to 4%.

"We've reduced red tape, removed unnecessary regulation and established solid partnerships with industry, employers and individuals, especially in relation to apprenticeships and traineeships," she said.

"We've introduced the $10 million School to Trade Pathway program as part of our Great Skills, Real Opportunities action plan, which gives employers a $5000 bonus for retaining their school-based apprentice in full-time work after they leave school, and the $3 million Group Training Additional Apprentice Bonus incentive."

Mr Berry said training and employment was a key priority for locals and one of the government's highest priorities was providing specialised training to create real career options.

"I am keen to ensure that Ipswich residents have the opportunity to access training and employment opportunities," Mr Berry said.

"Ross Llewellyn Motors has been working with Apprenticeships Queensland to employ local apprentices and trainees and it's clear that the partnership is paying off.

Apprenticeships Queensland general manager David Handy said Apprenticeships Queensland had been operating in the region for the past 27 years, employing and managing over 3000 apprentices and trainees.

"This would not have been possible without employers like Ross Llewellyn Motors and many others, who understand the benefit of training for their businesses," he said.

"Group training is able to use these incentives to mentor and support the apprentices and manage their training. The funding also supports business growth by managing their apprentice workforce - training is certainly a team effort."

Ross Llewellyn Motors has 30 apprenticeships on site, part of 260 Apprenticeships Queensland have in the Ipswich area.

Nathan Jones and Sean Sperinck are two participants.

The pair agrees knowing they can move to a new city and continue their apprenticeships with a different employer, provided an incentive to start and finish their training.

Topics:  apprenticeships, apprenticeships queensland, traineeships, unemployment




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