Ap­pren­tice num­bers are ris­ing

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS -

DATA re­leased yes­ter­day shows Queens­land con­tin­ues to buck na­tional trends with in­creases in new ap­pren­tice­ships and trainee­ships.

Min­is­ter for Train­ing and Skills De­vel­op­ment Shan­non Fen­ti­man said ap­pren­tice­ship rates in­creased by 4 per cent and trainee­ships in­creased by 5 per cent in the 12 months to the end of May 2018.

“Queens­land is lead­ing the way. While we are see­ing de­clines in ap­pren­tice­ship and trainee­ship com­mence­ments na­tion­ally, more Queens­lan­ders are recog­nis­ing the life­long ben­e­fits of learn­ing a trade,” Ms Fen­ti­man said.

The re­port shows the strong­est growth in new ap­pren­tice­ship wais in engi­neer­ing – up 22 per cent – and au­to­mo­tive – up 15.1 per cent – and a strong trainee­ship growth in trans­port and dis­tri­bu­tion – up 52.3 per cent – and con­struc­tion – up 6.2 per cent.

“It’s won­der­ful to see an in­crease of more than 35,500 new com­mence­ments within 12 months tak­ing the num­ber of ap­pren­tices and trainees cur­rently in train­ing in Queens­land to more than 63,000,” Ms Fen­ti­man said.

“While to­day’s data is a promis­ing sign, we know that there is more to be done to en­cour­age even more Queens­lan­ders to choose an ap­pren­tice­ship or trainee­ship.”

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