Free apprenticeships for young Queenslanders

The State Government will this morning announce free apprenticeships for young Queenslanders.

A whopping $32 million investment will offer free apprenticeships to anyone under the age of 21 in the state.

It’s hoped the Great Training for Quality Jobs plan will take away the training cost from employers, encouraging them to take on apprentices and trainees.


An estimated 60,000 young people will be able to get into a trade.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it adds to payroll tax concessions already announced helping small businesses even more.

“This government is about jobs. Jobs in our regions, jobs in our cities, jobs in existing industries and jobs in the industries of the future.

“No government has helped to create more jobs than this government and we need to keep up the good work,” Premier Palaszczuk said.

The fully subsidised training will be offered in 139 industries including electrical, plumbing, healthcare, hospitality and early child care.

Skills Minister Shannon Fentiman says the plan includes initiatives that will target critical skills needs that address current skills shortages, the new skills needed for existing jobs, emerging opportunities brought about by technology advances, and regional and state-wide priorities.

“We need to plan for the future of Queensland and ensure we have the skilled workers we need now and for the emerging industries.

“This investment in free apprenticeships will support local businesses to be able to take on more apprentices and trainees – we are backing their business to grow.

“Right now, businesses bear the cost for training an apprentice, we will be removing this expense to support businesses to be able to take on more apprentices and trainees,” Ms Fentiman said.

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