The Tasmanian Government has opened the next round of its User Choice Program, which includes $20 million to subsidise the cost for training apprentices and trainees.
Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff said the program is helping achieve a long-term plan to improve the lives of every Tasmanian.
“Our ongoing efforts are making a difference with the latest data showing apprentice and trainee construction workers in-training in Tasmania had increased by 11.6 per cent to 1,930 over the year to March, more than two and a half times the national average,” Mr Rockliff says.
“Construction worker commencements have also increased in Tasmania by 24.4 per cent compared to 9.8 per cent nationally, and completions increased by 4.3 per cent compared to 3.1 per cent nationally.
“Tasmania also has the highest overall apprentice and trainee contract completion rate in the country at more than 58 per cent,” he says.
Mr Rockliff said the state government will aim to work closely with business and industry to support the construction sector.