Michelle Roberts

Michelle Roberts

Minister for Housing and Works; Indigenous Affairs; Heritage; Land Information

    Skills not such a tall order in expanding building industry

    14/03/2008 12:00 AM

    Housing and Works Minister Michelle Roberts today launched the State Government’s new Apprenticeship Initiative in the South-West and Peel regions.

    Mrs Roberts said she was delighted to welcome 11 new apprentices into The Apprentice and Traineeship Company, under the Department of Housing and Works’ (DHW) Apprentice Program.


    “Western Australia’s expanding building industry has provided a great opportunity for the State Government to help train the skilled workers that are needed to build our future,” she said.


    “The apprentice program will help address the huge demand for skilled workers by providing direct support for trade training in our public housing and public works programs.”


    The Minister said the apprenticeship program commenced with 40 apprentices in five trades in the metropolitan area in February 2006 and now the number of apprentices and trainees had increased to more than 100 across the State.


    “We are on track to place 150 apprentices by June 30,” she said.


    Mrs Roberts said The Apprentice and Traineeship Company, which was based in Bunbury, would train four carpenters, three electricians, and four plumbers and gasfitters.


    “We saw the potential to expand the apprenticeship program to the South-West and Peel regions, which are two of the fastest growing regions in our State,” she said.

    The Minister said the new apprenticeship program was another example of the State Government’s commitment to creating new jobs and better opportunities for all Western Australians.


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