Aus Govt incentives to help boost apprenticeship numbers

Apprentice painter Harrison Commens is looking forward to one day having the skills to open his own business.
Apprentice painter Harrison Commens is looking forward to one day having the skills to open his own business. Dave Noonan

BUSINESS owner Lachlan Thorpe believes the new Federal Government incentives offered to employers who take on an apprentice will help attract youngsters to the building and construction sectors.

The Federal Government's $57.5 million Apprentice Kickstart initiative started this month.

It will almost triple the incentive paid to employers who offer building and construction apprenticeships.

Mr Thorpe, who is the owner of L Thorpe Painting Contractors, has recently hired apprentice Harrison Commens under the scheme.

"There has been a bit of a shortage at the moment across trades," Mr Thorpe said.

"It has been hard to find good tradies so I decided to give a youngster a go.

"It will be good to teach a young lad the trade and there are incentives in place to do so.

"When I was learning the trade there was no incentives in place for either the worker or employer," he said.

Apprentice Harrison Commens said he was fortunate in securing employment so quickly after completing school last month.

"I always wanted to undertake an apprenticeship and I have been fortunate in securing one straight out of school," Mr Commens said.

"Hopefully, once I complete my four year apprenticeship, I will have the necessary skills to maybe start my own business."

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