TCCI welcomes new apprenticeship policy

Release Date: 3/01/2018
The TCCI today welcomed the Liberal Government’s new apprenticeship policy.

TCCI CEO Michael Bailey said the Chamber had advocated for this policy when it was first mooted.

“The Liberal Government, if re-elected, has promised two new initiatives to support more young Tasmanians into an apprenticeship or traineeship,” Mr Bailey said.

“The TCCI believes this is a great way to get people skills and also to address our underemployment numbers.

“The Government believes the policy will support up to 4500 more young Tasmanians into work.

“Importantly, the Hodgman Government will extend its Payroll Tax Rebate Scheme for apprentices and trainees to 2021. It will also have a new, targeted focus on where skills shortages exist, for example the construction sector, advanced manufacturing, tourism and hospitality.”

Mr Bailey said he hoped the Labor Party will identify and announce a similar policy in the lead-up to the election.

“Tasmanian businesses and industry need both payroll tax relief and incentives and ways in which they can hire more young Tasmanians through apprenticeships and other training schemes.”

Mr Bailey also welcomed the Liberal Government’s promise to provide annual funding to encourage small businesses to take on an apprentice or trainee.
Contact: TCCI Chief Executive, Michael Bailey, mobile 0437 322 338 

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