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    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Building Futures for school-based apprentices in Ipswich

    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    Building Futures for school-based apprentices in Ipswich

    14 school based apprentices and 40 construction students will start work on an Ipswich house renovation project today.

    Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman today visited the Building Futures Program house undergoing renovation at 30 Herbert St, Sadliers Crossing.

    “This program provides valuable hands-on experience to students wanting to start a trade, giving them a head start once they leave school and start to look for work,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “In partnership with TAFE Queensland and local schools, this project will give students and school-based apprentices the opportunity to earn a qualification while gaining experience on a real construction project and under the guidance of trainers and trades people.”

     “Education and training is a priority for the Palaszczuk Government, and this program provides quality, real-life training to skill our young Queenslanders for the jobs of the future.

    The Building futures Program includes eight school-based apprentice carpenters, six school-based apprentice painters and 40 students will undertake a Certificate I in Construction.

    TAFE Queensland South West General Manager Brent Kinnane added that they were proud to support the initiative again that is allowing many students to gain valuable experience who might not otherwise have the opportunity.  

    “This project is helping young people in our local community gain in-demand, job-ready skills to develop their careers and achieve their goals,” said Mr Kinnane.

    The program helps give students experience with current builders and tradespeople to gain the skills they need to be work-ready.

    Ms Fentiman said the Palaszczuk Government is committed to providing quality training and increasing job opportunities for Queenslanders.

    “We want more people in training not less.”

    “With the Federal Government’s own agencies reporting the real challenge is unlikely to be a shortage of jobs, but rather a shortage of workers appropriately skilled to fill those jobs, it’s alarming that they would rip $40 million in funding from Queensland’s training budget, putting 4,000 training places at risk.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is determined to increase the number of apprenticeships and traineeships undertaken in Queensland.”

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