QLD relaunches housing and public works apprenticeship program

The Queensland Government has relaunched the state’s Housing and Public Works apprenticeship program, with 20 new apprentices to be employed annually this year and in 2019.

Through the program, apprentices will be employed as electricians, painters, plumbers and stonemasons, with many set to start on 30 July in Atherton, Ayr, Brisbane, Caboolture, Cairns, Kingaroy, Rockhampton, Thursday Island, Toowoomba and Townsville on July 30.

Queensland Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said the program will be rebuilt methodically.

“These apprentices will be mentored by experienced tradespeople as they learn skills to build vital infrastructure for Queensland,” Mr. de Brenni said.

“They will be the first responders when natural disasters strike, and they will do extraordinary work securing and repairing our schools, hospitals and social housing.

Minister for Employment, Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said that government employment of apprentices delivers important outcomes for young people, especially in the regions.

“Providing secure employment opportunities to Queenslanders is an integral part of creating a strong economy in our state,” Ms. Fentiman said.

“Government has a critical role to play in the provision of apprenticeships for our young people, and by bringing back the Housing and Public Works apprenticeship program it’s clear the Palaszczuk Government is delivering.”

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