New construction apprenticeships for students

A NEW traineeship program will provide 12 school-based apprenticeships for students across the state.

The Tasmanian Building Group Apprenticeship Scheme school-based pilot program equips students with essential skill sets and a clear career pathway in the building and construction industry.

“This pilot program will assist students to increase their skill level for greater opportunities for employment through a supported, alternative model for an Australian School-based Apprenticeship,” Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer, who recently launched the program, said.

“The Hodgman Liberal Government, through Skills Tasmania, is pleased to be supporting the program with funding of $28,300.”

Over the course of the school year, participants in the pilot program will have the opportunity to experience multiple trades within the building and construction industry with weekly work placements.

Those who are successful in completing the pilot program will be awarded with a Certificate II in Construction.

Housing Industry Association (HIA) executive director (Tasmania) Rick Sassin said the new program was a great opportunity for students wanting to start a career in Tasmania’s booming building industry.

“In addition to this qualification, the experiences and knowledge gained on the job will be invaluable and will assist participants in navigating the pathway from school into the workforce, and making a career choice that is right for them,” he said.

Ms Archer said jobs were the number one priority for the Hodgman Liberal Government.

“And our track record of delivering more than 10,000 jobs during our last term of government provides a solid foundation to take Tasmania to the next level,” she said.

“Ensuring that our young workers have the right skills and qualifications to shine in their chosen fields will ensure they will be best positioned to benefit from our thriving economy.

“The funding of this program demonstrates our commitment to creating a job-ready generation.”

Caption: From left, William McDonald, Emily Oates, Ethan Cusack, Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer, Sam Keme, Ali Unuvar, David Fagan, Joe Schluessler and HIA executive director (Tas) Rick Sassin.